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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Bragg email@example.com in the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure.
Alternative Certification Program Review Board (ACEPPRB) meeting dates:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Letters may also be mailed to the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure. For information about the online portal please contact Linda Bragg firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
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
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