Grow Your Own Pathway

Designed to address West Virginia's critical need for teachers, 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 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.

Apprenticeship Model

Designed to provide paid, on the job training, the WV Apprenticeship Model provides Grow Your Own students with wage-earning field experiences, preparing them for the teaching career while alleviating financial burdens. Students who have graduated high school and complete the Youth Apprenticeship are certified as a Teacher Apprentice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Pilot Counties

Grow Your Own Programs are being piloted in these 37 West Virginia counties.

Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Doddridge*, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Jackson*, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln*, Logan, Mason*, Mcdowell, Mingo, Monroe*, Morgan*, Nicholas, Pendleton*, Pleasants, Putnam, Randolph*, Ritchie*, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, and Webster*.

* Pilot begins fall 2023.

Pilot (30)
Pilot and Apprenticeship (8)

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.

Highlighted courses are guaranteed transferable between participating institutions in the Grow Your Own WV Teaching Pathway network. Students should consult with their chosen post-secondary educational institution when choosing other course options and electives. For specific information, refer to individual county plans.

Teaching Pathway 2022-2023: 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 Elective
  • 1306 Introduction to Education and the Classroom 3, 4
  • 1307 Introduction to Child Development 3, 4
  • 1308 Introduction to Educational Psychology 3, 4
  • 1309 Introduction to Social Emotional and Behavioral Wellness 3, 4
10English 10Math II or GeometryAP or Dual Credit Biology 4AP/Dual Credit U.S. Studies Comprehensive or U.S. History 4The Arts
11English 11: AP or Dual Credit English 4Math III or Algebra IIChemistry or AP or Dual Credit ChemistryAP/Dual Credit U.S. Studies Comprehensive or U.S. HistoryPhysical Education
12English 12: AP or Dual Credit English 4Dual Credit College Algebra; or AP Calculus 4Dual Credit Physical ScienceAP or Dual Credit Psychology
  • Health
  • BCA 1 (Business Computer Application)
  • Other AP or Dual Credit Course
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.
3 or equivalent courses as determined by county plan.
4 Guaranteed transferable between participating institutions in the Grow Your Own WV Teaching Pathway network.

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.

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Grow Your Own students will have free 12-month access to Praxis prep resources courtesy of Only 400 licenses will be provided, and they will go fast! Contact your county Grow Your Own instructor for more information!

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


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