Alternative Certification

A partnership between the five county school systems in the Northern WV Panhandle and West Liberty University under the supervision of the West Virginia Board of Education, this alternative program is designed for qualified persons who desire to become licensed teachers in West Virginia. The courses required for Alternative Certification can lead toward the Masters of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree. (Additional WV Counties interested in collaboration with WLU’s Alterative Certification Program should contact Dr. Leann Elkins: [email protected].)

Candidates must:

  • Complete a background check
  • Pass the Praxis I (CASE) exam
  • Receive a formal offer of employment from a county superintendent
  • Complete the WLU admissions application online at and submit undergraduate transcripts
  • Take the required courses for the specified certification area…listed below
  • Pass the Praxis II for the desired certification area
  • Candidates have up to 3 years to complete this process.

Advisor: Dr. Leann Elkins: [email protected]

Required Courses:

  • EDUC 516 Classroom Teaching (Fall II)
  • EDUC 520 Trends and Issues in Education (Spring I)
  • READ 563 Methods and Practices of Multisensory Instruction (for elementary teachers – Fall II)  OR READ 575 Advanced Literacy Instruction (for secondary teachers – Summer II)

For Multi-categorical Special Education Certification:

  • SPED 548 Advanced Assessment and Instruction for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (Spring II)
  • SPED 555 Advanced Assessment and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities (Spring I)

For Autism Endorsement:

  • SPED 501 Autism I: Characteristics of Autism (Summer I)
  • SPED 502 Autism II: Autism Assessment and Interventions (Summer II)

For more information about WV licensure for teacher certification, go to: