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West Virginia Schools Welcome Teachers Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

September 26, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education and Department of Education will issue teaching certificates to displaced Hurricane Katrina teachers seeking a new school position in West Virginia.  

“We are always excited about strengthening and enlarging our pool of teachers,” said State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “In addition, West Virginia welcomes the opportunity to assist teachers who have experienced tremendous loss by expediting the process to complete the certification process.”  

W.Va. Code allows West Virginia teaching certificates to be issued to persons who: (1) hold a valid out-of-state certificate; (2) have completed a teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education; and (3) successfully complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check. In addition, West Virginia will waive the usual $49 background check fee to accommodate displaced Louisiana and Mississippi teachers who apply for certification in areas of critical shortage such as foreign language, mathematics and science.  

Educators interested in applying for a teaching position in West Virginia who meet the three requirements indicated above may contact the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification or the Office of Professional Preparation by telephone at 1.800.982.2378. Information on positions available in various county districts statewide may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/jobs. Applicants who hold a valid out-of-state certificate may apply for West Virginia certification using Form 20-T that may be downloaded from the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms.html.  

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