About the Program

The mission of the Alternative Certification Program is to prepare, support and retain highly committed, talented individuals as outstanding educators in Kanawha County Schools.


  • A small cohort.
  • Intensive involvement of effective clinical mentors, school administrators, instructional coaches and supervisors.
  • Opportunities for active participation in professional learning communities; within the school and the community contexts.
  • A curriculum framework aligned to WV College and Career ready, taught by district personnel, focused on student learning and current educational research and applied to the Teaching Resident’s classroom practices
  • Collaborative partnership with RESA 3.
  • Professional, rewarding experiences that lead to long-term employment in the district.


  • Employment as a full-time teacher in Kanawha County Schools.
  • Little or no tuition.
  • Coursework designed for Alternative Teaching Residents.
  • Intensive summer pre-service training and ongoing, focused professional development.
  • A cohort model providing support and networking opportunities.
  • An individualized Teaching Resident Support Team.
  • Mentors who are specifically trained to work with novice teachers.
  • Onsite support throughout the year.
  • Curriculum taught by experts in their field; educators who are knowledgeable and passionate about the art and science of teaching.