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.

New Alternative Certification pathway W.Va. Code §18A-3-1

As we begin the implementation of the new Alternative Certification pathway, there will not be any new Transition to Teaching cohorts available. Districts are in the process of proposing new Alternative Certification programs and the approved programs are expected to be operational for the 2016-17 school year.

There is nothing more important to the future of West Virginia than the well-being and education of its children. W.Va. Code §18A-3-1 (effective June 12, 2015) creates new opportunities for individuals to pursue alternative certification programs approved by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE). WVBE Policy 5901 sets the rule by which alternative certification programs may be approved by the WVBE. The Alternative Certification Guidance Document is designed to provide information regarding this new available pathway. Once an alternative certification program receives WVBE approval, school districts may begin preparing eligible candidates for the classroom.

At this time, prospective teacher candidates are encouraged to seek information about alternative certification employment opportunities by communicating directly with West Virginia public school districts and utilizing the and WV K-12 Job Bank websites as informative resources. Use your voice to empower students. Become a teacher in West Virginia!