Alternative Certification

Alternative certification is an effective and efficient alternative means for a qualified person to earn a professional teaching certificate by authorizing Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, and Wayne County Schools to offer a rigorous alternative program.   This is a non-traditional route to certification that allows the candidate to teach while completing program requirements. The program combines online learning with additional support of face to face mentorship.


Before Applying to ACTI

  • Candidate may only be accepted to the program  when a vacancy has been advertised twice and no certified teacher applied
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5
  • Pass the PPST (pre-professional skills test)
  • Pass the Praxis subject matter test or tests required by WVBE
  • Hold US Citizenship
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be physically, mentally, and emotionally qualified to perform duties of a teacher
  • Receive a formal offer of employment from participating county
  • Possess either transcripts reflecting an academic major or occupational area in the same or similar subject matter which the candidate is being hired to teach
  • Qualify for employment after background check
  • Submit an application for employment in order to be considered



Next Steps

Year One

Once candidate has met requirements and the district has a position, then the candidate can be offered a formal offer of employment

  • Candidate will meet with personnel director or designee to complete Form 25, initial alternative certification license
  • Candidate will pay a $500 fee to county to cover initial cost of online course work in iTeachUS.  This amount is non-refundable. County will cover additional $2300 costs for course work in iTeachUS
  • Candidate is enrolled in iTeachUS and is responsible for completing four modules in first semester and three modules in second semester
  • Candidate is provided with a Professional Support Team (PST).  This team will meet regularly with the candidate to provide support, supervision, and direction
  • Candidate will attend all county level required trainings
  • Candidate will attend all Mountain State ESC Induction to Teaching trainings
  • Candidate will receive assessments and evaluations throughout the ACTI process


Year Two

  • Upon successful evaluation, candidate applies for renewal alternative certification
  • Candidate receives continued support from (PST)
  • Candidate must take and pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test


Year  Three

  • Upon successful completion of Year Two, successful evaluations, recommendation of administrator, and PST candidate can apply for Initial Teaching License with WVDE
  • Upon recommendation of school based administrator and PST, candidate may receive an additional third year of support and, if successful, apply for provisional licensure at the end of year three

Contact Tammy Stowers at or 304-766-0011 for more information.


Phone: 304-766-0011

Fax: 304-766-0022

501 22nd Street
Dunbar, WV  25064