WV Board of Education Explores Alternative Teacher Certification

July 21, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education is searching for innovative ways to certify teachers in critical areas of need such as math and science. Board members have gone a step further in their review of Policy 5202: Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/ Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classification. Substantial changes in Policy 5202 are needed to revise West Virginia’s definition of highly qualified teacher to include the performance evaluation as one option for teachers to demonstrate subject competency. In addition, Policy 5202 now includes alternative routes to certification, and language reflecting recent legislation regarding certification of out-of-state applicants. Language that outlines the requirements of tuition reimbursement, the requirements for reimbursement for National Board Certification, and the requirements for moving expenses has also been updated. Finally, revisions regarding certification for: para-professionals, gifted education, clinical/field experience, reading, speech assistants, and athletic and limited football trainers are reflected in the updated policy.  

An advisory council comprised of representatives from the West Virginia Board of Education, West Virginia House and Senate Education Committees, central office administrators, principals, teachers, and West Virginia Department of Education staff developed these recommended policy changes in a series of meetings.  

In addition to these changes, the Board will approach the higher education community in an effort to develop alternative routes to certification especially in areas of critical need such as math and science.  

Policy 5202 will remain out on comment for 30 days. School administrators and parents are encouraged to review the document and make suggestions on improving the policy. You can find Policy 5202 by logging onto http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/  

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