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Requirements

  • A related bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

  • Evidence of passing score(s) on the CORE and PRAXIS specialty area content examination(s) as required by West Virginia.

  • Qualifications criteria for general education endorsements that are for grades 5-9 (i.e. general science 5-9, mathematics 5-9) must include two content areas.

PRAXIS and CORE Specialty Area Content Examination

CORE / CASE

PRAXIS Test #

Reading

5713

Writing

5723

Math

5733

CONTENT AREA

PRAXIS Test #

Secondary Mathematics

5169 (5-9)

5161 (5-ADL)

General, Integrated Mathematics

Algebra I

5162 (5-ADL)

Geometry

5163

Secondary Science

5440 (5-9)

5435 (5-ADL

Physics

5265

Chemistry

5245

Biology

5235

World Language

Spanish – 5195 (PK-ADL)

French – 5174

·         You must take the appropriate test.

 

  • An individual in the Alternative Certification Program can only teach in the subject area in which he/she is approved.
  • An individual accepted into the Alternative Certification Program in the area of Special Education will be required to take the appropriate content exam and PLT in order to complete the program.
  • All individuals accepted into the Alternative Certification Program will be required to take the appropriate PLT and Teacher Performance Assessment.

Testing requirements: Special Education

Prior to being hired at the district level as an alternative program participant, program candidates in the special education teaching path of an approved program WVBE for alternative certification to prepare highly qualified special education teachers must submit to the West Virginia Department Education and to the alternative program provider passing scores on WVBE-approved preprofessional skills test or tests, or evidence of a qualifying exemption as described in Policy 5202. At the conclusion of the alternative certification program, teachers in the special education teaching path completing a WVBE-approved alternative certification program to prepare highly qualified special education teachers shall be required to meet the proficiency score(s) on the appropriate state competency exam(s) in special education content and the state competency exam(s) in pedagogy.

  • Preparation for endorsements that are for grades 5-9 must include two content areas, so candidate qualifications for two content areas must be reviewed when considering the 5-9 endorsement.

  • Endorsements that have no WVBE - required PRAXIS assessment for content may NOT be obtained through alternative certification unless their academic major coursework is in the subject of the endorsement sought providing solid evidence of content proficiency.

Y N

Applicant meets general requirements identified in Policy 5202, Section 9.1.#

Y N

Applicant holds a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with the required minimum cumulative GPA. (Official Transcripts Attached) (Refer to Policy 5202, Section 9.8.a)

Y N

Applicant holds documentation verifying passing scores on WVBE - required basic skills exam or qualifying exemption. (Scores submitted to WVDE) Date the applicant met this requirement:

Y N

Applicant has been formally offered employment within a critical need and shortage area. The position has been posted at least twice or for a minimum ten-day period. No fully-qualified (certified) applicant has applied for the position. Projected employment date:

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