Alternative Certification

Program Overview

The purpose of this program is to create an effective and efficient alternative means for a qualified person to earn a professional teaching certificate by authorizing Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, and Wayne County Schools to offer a rigorous alternative program in partnership with RESA 2 under the supervision of WVBE.  This is a non-traditional route to certification that allows the candidate to teach while completing program requirements.

The program combines online learning with additional support of face to face mentorship. Before applying for the Alternative Certification Program, a candidate must:

 - Possess a Bachelor's Degree (related to field of study in which Alternative Certification lists as area of critical need: Special Education, Science, Math, English, Spanish) with an overall GPA of 2.5

- Possess either transcripts reflecting an academic major or occupational area in the same or similar subject matter which the candidate is being hired to teach
 - Be accepted only to the program when a vacancy has been advertised twice and no certified teacher applies
-  Pass the PPST (pre-professional skills test) CORE Praxis of Reading/Writing/Math AND
pass the Praxis subject matter/content test or tests required by WVBE
- Hold US Citizenship
- Be of good moral character
- Be physically, mentally, and emotionally qualified to perform duties of a teacher
- Receive a formal offer of employment from a participating county
- Qualify for employment after background check 
- Submit an application for employment in order to be considered

Year One: 
Once candidate has met requirements and the district has a position, the candidate can then be extended a formal offer of employment.  Candidate will meet with personnel director or designee to complete Form 25, initial alternative certification license.  Candidate will pay a $500 fee to county to cover initial cost of online course work in iTeachUS.  This amount is non-refundable.  County will cover additional $2300 costs for course work in iTeachUS.  Candidate is enrolled in iTeachUS and is responsible for completing four modules in first semester and three modules in second semester.  Candidate is provided with a Professional Support Team (PST).  This team will meet regularly with the candidate to provide support, supervision, and direction.  Candidate will attend all county level required trainings.  Candidate will attend all RESA 2 Induction to Teaching trainings.  Candidate will receive assessments and evaluations throughout the ACTI process. 

Year Two:

Upon successful evaluation, candidate applies for renewal alternative certification.  Candidate receives continued support from (PST).  Candidate must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test.

Year Three: 

Upon successful completion of Year Two, successful evaluations, recommendation of administrator and PST, candidate can apply for Initial Teaching License with WVDE.  Upon recommendation of school based administrator and PST, candidate may receive an additional third year of support and, if successful, apply for initial licensure at the end of year three.

Cost to Candidate:
iTeachUS - $500
Initial Certification Fee - $82.25
Renewal of Alternative Certificate - $35
All tests including PPST, Praxis II, and PLT 

Cost to District: 
iTeachUS - *$2300
- Candidate pays cost upfront, district reimburses
- Mentors and support team members will vary

Special Education Candidate Exceptions
Before Applying to ACTI, the candidate must:
- Possess a Bachelor's degree or Board of Regent’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5
- Pass the PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test) and all other requirements of general education
- Complete a module for Special Education instruction.
- Take and pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test
- Pass the Special Education content Praxis exam upon completion of online coursework
- Pay the additional cost of the Special Education Course $400


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