West Virginia

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West Virginia - In 1991 West Virginia's orientation for new teachers was provided through it's county staff development centers. The state mandated a Beginning Teacher Program, requiring districts to provide both support and assessment of beginning teachers. The four required observations and final evaluation was made by administrators.

In 1997 State Policy 126-136-4, in its definitions of requirements for teacher licensure, was requiring a Beginning Teacher Internship, the completion of which was needed to be granted a teaching certificate. The Internship provides "continuous professional development" of beginning teachers (less than 2 years experience) through work with a mentor who guides the intern during the transition to the new position.

You can contact the West Virginia Dept. of Education at 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305, or at their web site at <


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