Alternative route certification program:

WVBE-Approved Alternative Routes to Certification

The WVDE has begun developing and implementing alternative routes to teacher certification in conjunction with institutions of higher education which currently offer WVBE-approved traditional teacher preparation programs. While the WVBE expects to approve more alternative preparation programs in the near future, those listed below are the only alternative preparation programs available at this time.

General Education Alternative Programs

Concord University
This program is available to individuals employed by any county in West Virginia. Please contact Dr. Cheryl Trull at 304.384.6223 ctrull@concord.edu for additional information.

West Virginia State University & RESA III (Collaborative)
This program is only available to individuals employed in RESA III (Boone, Clay, Kanawha & Putnam counties). Please contact Dr. Robert Harrison at 304.766.3313 or harrisonr@wvstateu.edu.

Marshall University & RESA VIII (Collaborative)
This program is only available to individuals employed in RESA VIII (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan & Pendleton). Please contact Dr. Sue Hollandsworth at 304.746.1909 or hollandswor3@marshall.edu OR Dr. John Hough at 304.267.3595 ext. 111 or jhough@access.k12.wv.us for additional information.

Special Education Alternative Programs

Two types of alternative routes to certification exist for individuals wishing to serve as special educators in West Virginia. The first type leads to a special education certification. The second type provides a route for individuals who hold or are working to obtain a specialization in special education to complete the requirements for a restricted content endorsement(s) in biology, English, general science, mathematics and/or social studies in order to partially fulfill the requirements of the “highly qualified teacher” definition.

Concord University
This program is available to individuals seeking a multi-categorical special education certification who hold a bachelor’s degree and are certified in elementary education OR qualify for a restricted content endorsement in biology, English, general science, mathematics or social studies issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. Please contact Dr. Cheryl Trull at 304.384.6223 ctrull@concord.edu for additional information.

Fairmont State University
This program is available to individuals seeking a multi-categorical special education certification who hold a bachelor’s degree and are certified in elementary education OR qualify for a restricted content endorsement in biology, English, general science, mathematics or social studies issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. Please contact Dr. Don Moroose at 304.367.4128 or dmoroose@fairmontstate.edu for additional information.

Marshall University & RESA III (Collaborative)
This program is available to individuals seeking a multi-categorical special education certification who hold a bachelor’s degree and are certified in elementary education OR qualify for a restricted content endorsement in biology, English, general science, mathematics or social studies issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. Please contact Dr. Sue Hollandsworth at 304.746.1909 or hollandswor3@marshall.edufor additional information.

Marshall University & RESA IV (Collaborative)
This program is available to individuals seeking a multi-categorical special education certification who hold a bachelor’s degree and are certified in elementary education OR qualify for a restricted content endorsement in biology, English, general science, mathematics or social studies issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. Please contact Dr. Sue Hollandsworth at 304.746.1909 or hollandswor3@marshall.edu for additional information.

West Virginia University
This program is available to individuals seeking an autism special education certification who (1) hold a bachelor's degree, (2) have passed the State Board required preprofessional skills exams (Praxis I) and (3) are certified in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education, reading specialist and/or social studies OR qualify for a restricted content endorsement in biology, English, general science, mathematics or social studies issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. Please contact the department at sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7143 for additional information.

West Virginia University
This program is available to individuals seeking a gifted special education certification who (1) hold a bachelor's degree, (2) have passed the State Board required preprofessional skills exams (Praxis I) and (3) are certified in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education, reading specialist and/or social studies. Please contact the department at sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7143 for additional information.

West Virginia University
This program is available to individuals seeking a multicategorical special education certification who (1) hold a bachelor's degree, (2) have passed the State Board required preprofessional skills exams (Praxis I) and (3) are certified in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education, reading specialist and/or social studies OR qualify for a restricted content endorsement in biology, English, general science, mathematics or social studies issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. Please contact the department at sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7143 for additional information.

West Virginia University
This program is available to individuals seeking a preschool special needs certification who hold a bachelor's degree and have passed the State Board required preprofessional skills exams (Praxis). Please contact the department at sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7143 for additional information.

West Virginia University
This program is available to individuals seeking a severe disabilities special education certification who hold a bachelor's degree and have passed the State Board required preprofessional skills exams (Praxis). Please contact the department at sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7143 for additional information.

West Virginia University
This program is available to individuals seeking a visually impaired special education certification who hold a bachelor's degree and have passed the State Board required preprofessional skills exams (Praxis). Please contact the department at sped@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7143 for additional information.

Programs leading to restricted content endorsement:

West Virginia Department of Education
This program provides a path for individuals who hold or are working to obtain a specialization in special education to complete the requirements for a restricted content endorsement(s) in biology, English, general science, mathematics and/or social studies. Please contact Mr. Robert Hagerman 304.558.7010 or Ms. Scottie Ford at 304.558.7010 for additional information.

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