Grow Your Own Pathway

Designed to address West Virginia's critical teacher shortage, Grow Your Own Pathway to Teaching programs provide promising high school students a career path to pursue a career in education.


There are many reasons to join the Grow Your Own Program.

  • Early start on college.
  • Reduced time to complete a bachelor's degree.
  • Introduction to the education profession.
  • Classroom observations and field experiences before college.
  • Core Praxis exam for students in Year 2 (senior year) free of cost.
  • Ability to earn salary, benefits, and seniority in residency year.
  • Reduced cost (Students receive four tuition free dual credit courses in the 2022-23 year.)

How it Works

The Grow Your Own Pathway gives students a fast-track into the education field through a combination of dual enrollment/Advanced Placement courses and an accelerated pathway. Students can then graduate with a bachelor's degree in just three years.

High School

High School counselors and partnering institution faculty advisors will assist with scheduling, financial aid, testing requirements, etc. to enroll in the teaching pathway. The goal is for students to graduate high school with a minimum of 30 hours of dual enrollment/AP credits, including the four introductory education courses. Participants will enter college classified as a sophomore. During their junior and senior years of high school, students will have the opportunity to spend time in real-time classrooms in their home county schools.

Pilot Counties

Grow Your Own Programs are being piloted in the following counties:

Berkeley, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pocahontas, Putnam, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, and Webster.

Grow Your Own Program counties

Sample Pathway

The following course menu is a guidance template for students participating in the Grow Your Own teaching pathway with the goal to exit high school with a minimum of one year of college credit (24-30) hours toward a Bachelor's Degree in education.

Completion of the Grow Your Own teaching pathway should be listed on the final transcript. Support for Praxis preparation, including practice tests and financial support to cover the cost of testing, is available. For specific information, refer to individual county plans.

Teaching Pathway 2022-2033: Student Sample Courses
English Language Arts 1, 2
(4 courses)
Math 1, 2
(4 courses)
Science 1, 2
(4 courses)
Social Studies 1, 2
(4 courses)
Other 1, 2
(4 courses)
Required Dual Credit Core Courses for GYO WV 1, 2
(4 courses)
9English 9Math I or Algebra IEarth and Space ScienceWorld Studies or AP Social StudiesWorld Languages Elective1306 Introduction to Education and the Classroom
10English 10Math II or GeometryBiology or AP BiologyUS Studies Comprehensive or AP US HistoryThe Arts1307 Introduction to Child Development
11English 11 or AP or Dual Credit EnglishMath III or Algebra IIChemistry or AP or Dual Credit ChemistryCivics or AP Government and PoliticsPhysical Education1308 Introduction to Educational Psychology
12AP or Dual Credit EnglishDual Credit College Algebra or AP CalculusDual Credit Physical ScienceAP or Dual Credit Psychology
  • Health
  • BCA 1 (Business Computer Application)
  • Other AP or Dual Credit Course
1309 Introduction to Social Emotional and Behavioral Wellness
1 A minimum of 22 total credits required for high school graduation per WVBE Policy 2510 (counties may require additional credits).
2 AP or Dual credit can replace any course.


For more information about the Grow Your Own Pathway, please contact Dr. Carla Warren at the West Virginia Department of Education.

Carla Warren, Ed.D., NBCT

Director, Education Development and Support Services


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