CHARLESTON, W.Va. — McDowell County will soon be able to hire teachers that are not traditionally certified to fill gaps in recruiting teachers to fill certain subject areas.
The West Virginia Board of Education has approved programs for six counties that will bring the national Teach for America organization to the state.
Teach for America provides an alternative certification program and concentrates on low-income areas that have difficulty recruiting teachers.
Monica Beane, with the state board of education’s program, said the need for these programs that will be part of Teach for America has come about because of trouble recruiting regularly certified teachers in certain disciplines.
“More than half of the nearly 600 vacancies (for the 2015-16 school year) were in special education,” she said. “Then a large portion was in math, then science and foreign languages…