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Educator Certification

Information concerning certification requirements is located in WVBoE Policy 5202:

Beginning December 1, 2014, we will no longer accept checks or Money Orders as forms of payment. All payments must be completed online at

Please Note: Teachers and other educators who plan to complete WVLearns eLearning courses to meet teacher certification renewal and/or advanced salary options may do so during the Fall 2016 session, October 4-November 22, 2016. Additional information may be accessed from

Due to the large volume of applications received by the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, the estimated time for processing of applications is 90 days.**

A valid email address is required with each application. All communication is conducted electronically.

Please track your application status online at:

New --To pay for certification online using a valid credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa) please visit the online payment page. Payment posting/received does not grant "received" or "pending" status to any application. Application must be received by our office to qualify as "received" or "pending."

Check the accreditation status of an institution prior to enrolling in a class or program. Use the link

Pending applications are in the process of being coordinator reviewed. Please note processing cannot begin until all required documentation and fully-completed application are received.

Please note: tuition/fee reimbursement applications will be denied if incomplete and applicants must reapply.

  • Please contact the county, college/university, institutional program, community program, RESA or other to inquire as to the documents that have been mailed to our office.
  • Please include an email address on your application, as email is required for all communication.
  • Certificates are no longer printed and mailed. Official certificates are available online as a PDF by visiting the Certification Status Information page.


**Fee reimbursement applications are processed on the fiscal year system and will be processed by the end of    that same fiscal year (June 30).

Alternative Certification

State-Approved Alternative Certification Programs

Approval Process for Alternative Certification Programs of Study

WVBE Policy 5901 creates an alternative means for a qualified person to earn a professional teaching certificate. Once an alternative certification program receives WVBE approval, school districts may begin preparing eligible candidates. Interested applicants, please visit the WV K-12 Education Job Bank and contact your county of interest directly. School districts interested in program guidance or information please contact Robert Mellace at or Linda Bragg in the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure.

Alternative Certification Program Review Board (ACEPPRB) meeting dates:

  • September 22, 2016
  • February 24, 2017

Letters of intent to submit must be received 60 days prior to the scheduled ACEPPRB meeting. Program proposals for the September 22 review must be submitted online no later than August 22, 2016. Program proposals for the February 24, 2017, review must be submitted online via WVEIS-WOW no later than January 24, 2017. For information about the online portal please contact Linda Bragg

The deadline to submit a letter of intent to propose a program for the September 22, 2016, review is July 22, 2016, and for the February 24, 2017, review is December 24, 2016. All program documents for review must be submitted online by the designated deadline. Letters of intent may be submitted via email to Letters may also be mailed to the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure. For information about the online portal please contact Linda Bragg

Teach WV guides individuals through the teacher preparation, certification, and employment process in West Virginia. It also describes the Global21 initiative, professional development opportunities, and why living and teaching in West Virginia is such a wonderful opportunity.

Approved Educator Preparation Programs in West Virginia by college or university

Approved Educator Preparation Programs in West Virginia by program
A list of WVBE-approved educator preparation programs in WV listed by institution and specialization area.

Online Certification Status
View and verify your active certification endorsements, your endorsement history from 1990, or verify the status of an application sent to this office.

Downloadable Forms
Download and print applications for certification.

School Board Policies
Minimum requirements for Licensure of professional/paraprofessional personnel. This legislative rule establishes the minimum requirements for the licensure of educational personnel to be employed in the public schools of West Virginia.

Policy 5100
Policy 5202

Licensure Testing Directory (Effective January 11, 2016)

Licensure Testing Directory (Effective December 14, 2016)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsements and Testing Manual (Effective November 9, 2016)
Licensure Testing Directory (Effective November 9, 2016)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsements and Testing Manual (Effective August 10, 2016)
Licensure Testing Directory (Effective August 10, 2016)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsements and Testing Manual (Effective July 11, 2016-August 9, 2016)
Licensure Testing Directory (Effective July 11, 2016-August 9, 2016)

Course Codes and Endorsements
A list of course codes for scheduling and the required endorsement for the assigned educator.
(Course Code link is located in the right column)

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification Incentives
There are incentives for becoming certified by the National Board.

Transition to Teaching
WVDE-sponsored Transition to Teaching Project.

Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers information and contact information.

For WV School Districts
View information, resources, news, and Alternative Certification Program Submission

For Institutions of Higher Education
View accreditation, program reports, and program approval information

Reports and Data


Please contact Emily Curry for legal inquiries about all forms

For certification-related information not listed above or not on the website, use the
Certification Toll-Free Line: