Alternative Route To Teacher Certification
If the winds of change are calling out to you. . .
. . . answer the call within the walls of a West Virginia classroom.
The Transition to Teaching Program is an alternative certification program that works with West Virginia school districts to place and certify qualifying participants in the classroom. Early in the process, participants teach in a critical shortage area, and at the same time, complete their individualized, online program. The program provides an extensive mentoring and support system for the duration of the program.
Nearly one in every eighteen West Virginia classrooms is led by an individual who is not a certified teacher. A majority of these classrooms are in the subject areas of math, science, special education, English or foreign languages. In an effort to raise student achievement, the Transition to Teaching (TtT) program is designed to attract the best and brightest professionals to begin careers in education as teachers. Since 2008, our program has recruited, supported and certified professionals from across the country to meet the needs of school districts and children throughout the “Mountain State”.
W.Va. Code §18A-3-1 (effective June 12, 2015) requires that alternative programs be approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. WVBE Policy 5901 is currently pending WVBE approval. Once this policy is approved by the WVBE and effective, alternative programs will be able to apply for approval to prepare teachers. Until such time, applicants are encouraged to seek employment directly with West Virginia public school districts by utilizing the WV K-12 Job Bank.
For more information about program requirements for the 2016-2017 school year, please return to our website in early 2016.