Kanawha County Schools Alternative Certification Program



We appreciate your interest in Kanawha County Schools.  If you are interested in the Alternative Certification Program, you may apply through the KCS employment link on our main website.  However, candidates considered for future positions will not start the program until the 2018-2019 school year.



Currently, we are recruiting for Math and Special Education Teachers.

The Kanawha County Schools Alternative Certification Program is an exciting, innovative, new pathway to a career in teaching. The first district-based, job-embedded alternative certification program in West Virginia is designed to increase the number of exceptional teachers in Kanawha County elementary, middle level and secondary schools.

In partnership with the Regional Education Services Agency (RESA 3), Kanawha County Schools provides rigorous preparation in best educational practices to selected individuals who have a strong commitment to teach and a bachelor’s degree. Similar to a medical residency model, the program will fully integrate content, best teaching practices, and professional knowledge with a supportive, authentic school teaching experience.

Potential candidates must have:

  • A related bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Evidence of passing score(s) on the Praxis: West Virginia: Test Requirements - ETS Home (CORE and Content) as required by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).

The program includes:

  • A one year teaching residency as a Kanawha County Schools (KCS) classroom teacher.
  • Teacher salary and benefits.
  • A small cohort of candidates.
  • Summer institutes and school year seminars specifically designed for the Alternative Teaching Residents and taught by district personnel and expert educators.
  • On-site, intensive coaching and mentoring from a school support team.
  • Active participation in professional learning communities.
  • A professional teaching certificate upon successful completion of the program.

The initial cohort will begin in late July, 2017 so apply now. Interested in learning more? Please join us on announced informational sessions at Edison in South Charleston, WV.