West Virginia Board of Education Supports Innovative Paths to Teacher Certification

March 12, 2015

CHARLESTON. W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved two additional Teacher-in-Residence Programs. The board voted to allow Alderson-Broaddus University to partner with Barbour County Schools and for West Virginia Wesleyan to partner with Upshur County Schools.

A Teacher-in-Residence Program is a supervised and mentored residency program for prospective teachers during their last year in college. The program refines professional practice skills and helps a teacher candidate gain the teaching experience needed to become a certified educator.

"The Teacher-in-Residence Programs across the state are invaluable to county school systems looking for quality teacher candidates to place in classrooms," said Gayle Manchin, president of the WVBE. "Individuals who utilize the programs gain experience and an opportunity to learn from experts in the field. We know that a highly-qualified teacher in the classroom is a key component to successful student engagement and achievement. These Teacher-in-Residence Programs are a win-win for schools, teachers and students."

Since 2012-13, the West Virginia Teacher-in-Residence Program has been used to fill 29 vacancies in 11 school districts. Teacher-in-Residence Program partnerships currently functioning include Bluefield State College — McDowell County Schools; Concord University — Fayette County, McDowell County, Mercer County, Raleigh County, Summers County, and Wyoming County schools; Fairmont State University — Berkeley County Schools; and, West Virginia State University — Boone County, Clay County, Mingo County, Putnam County and Roane County schools.

The West Virginia Educator Preparation Program Review Board's (WV EPPRB) recommended that Alderson-Broaddus University and West Virginia Wesleyan be approved. The major function of the WV EPPRB is to review and make recommendations to the WVBE regarding new and continuing educator preparations programs of study leading to teacher licensure.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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