Alternative Certification

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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 West Virginia Department of Education, 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 PraxisWest VirginiaTest 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.  

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