West Virginia Alternate Route Program

  • General Education
    • General Requirements: In order to enroll in an alternative route to certification for a general education endorsement, an individual must meet the following requirements:
      1. be offered employment in a shortage area by a West Virginia county school district
      2. possess the minimum of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
      3. meet the proficiency scores on the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or qualify for an exemption
      4. meet the proficiency scores on the Praxis II® content or qualify for an exemption
      5. complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check
    • Program Requirements: While alternative preparation program providers determine the specific coursework required in their programs, the following are the minimum requirements for all alternative certification programs for general education:
      1. completion of 18 semester hours of coursework in the areas of student assessment, development and learning, curriculum, classroom management, the use of educational computers and other technology, and special education and diversity; all programs must include three semester hours of instruction in special education and diversity
      2. completion of three phases of training as specified in W. Va. Code §18A-3-1a and WVBE Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs
  • Special Education
    • General Requirements: In order to enroll in an alternative route to certification for a general education endorsement (limited to the special education classroom), an individual must meet the following requirements:
      1. possess the minimum of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
      2. meet the proficiency scores on the Core tests or qualify for an exemption
      3. complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check
    • Certified Special Education Teachers Who Need Content to Meet the Definition of Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher:
      • The West Virginia Department of Education (WVBE) has WVBE-approval to offer an alternative certification program for special education teachers to gain content endorsement(s) in biology, English, general science, mathematics and/or social studies. The program results in the completion of an academic major (21 semester hours) of coursework in the appropriate content area. The 21 semester hours consist of 15 hours of content-specific coursework or equivalent professional development, three hours of content-specific methods and three hours of reading in the specific content area. An internship may be completed in lieu of the three hours of reading in the specific content area and content-specific methods.

Visit the West Virginia Department of Education for further alternative route information.

 

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