If you’re looking to become a teacher in West Virginia but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the West Virginia General Education Alternative Program option is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short amount of time. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
- The West Virginia General Education Alternative Program provides qualified teachers in areas of West Virginia that are suffering from a teacher shortage.
- This program is completed more quickly than traditional certification programs.
- Each approved institution sets their own content requirements for completing this certification method, but all must follow the minimum requirements of 18 semester hours of designated coursework and three phases of training, which includes teaching in the classroom under a mentor.
Eligibility and How to Apply
- Have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area (math, science, English, etc.) from an accredited institution.
- Have at least a 2.5 GPA.
- Pass the PRAXIS I basic skills test.
- the PRAXIS II content area test.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Apply directly through an approved institution that offers coursework in this program.
- Tuition and other costs associated with the program vary depending on the institution candidates choose to attend.
- Candidates may choose to apply for scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans to pay tuition and fees at approved institutions.