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Welcome to the Office of Professional Preparation!

The Office of Professional Preparation specializes in assisting educators and the general public in finding up-to-date information about all the components of educator certification, including but not limited to, the certification process, policy changes, and the status of existing and pending certifications. Our office assists candidates in applying for permits, authorizations, and certifications that allow individuals to work in the public school systems of West Virginia. At the Office of Professional Preparation, we offer excellence in customer service to educators and personnel providing support services to schools throughout the state.

West Virginia State Requirements

General Requirements

Individuals applying for any certification, permit, or authorization in West Virginia must first meet the general requirements listed below in addition to the certification requirements and application requirements for each individual certificate area of endorsement:

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

  1. The individual is a US citizen (except when applying for a Temporary Authorization for Coach )
  2. The individual is of good moral character
  3. The individual is physically, mentally, and emotionally qualified to perform duties
  4. The individual is at least 18 years old on or before the first day of October of the year in which the license is issued
  5. The individual must clear both a State Police and FBI background report
  6. The individual has attained a minimum GPA of 2.5 for all completed courses at an undergraduate level or a 3.0 with an earned master’s degree, based on a 4.0 scale (unless applying for a substitute teaching permit)
  7. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for a substitute certification (Long-term substitute teachers require a GPA of 2.0 in each endorsement area)

Teaching Certifications

In West Virginia, teachers provide instruction to students ranging from birth through adult in various specialization areas and are licensed at the following levels: Birth-PreK, PreK-K, K-6, 5-9, 5-Adult, 9-Adult, and PreK-Adult. Certifications for teachers include: Initial Professional Teaching Certificates, Temporary One-Year Teaching Certificates, Permanent Teaching Certificates, Alternative Teaching Certificates, and First Class-Full Time Permits. All candidates applying for a teaching certification must meet all of the general requirements, requirements of the specific certification for which they are applying, and any additional application requirements. The following requirements are specific to the types of certifications for which one may apply to become an educator in West Virginia.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

An Initial Professional Teaching Certificate may be issued to a person who has completed:

  1. The general requirements for teacher licensure
  2. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or a master’s degree if required) through a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  3. Completed all state required praxis exams

Conditions for issuance (Individuals must have completed and show evidence of the following):

  • Must have completed an institution of higher education’s state approved program which includes the recommendation of the designated official at school OR
  • Must meet all requirements for out-of-state-applicants OR
  • Meet all guidelines for alternative routes to certification

Validity Period:

The Initial Professional Teaching Certificate shall be valid for no more than three years.

Temporary Teaching Certificate (for individuals who have not met the West Virginia Praxis exam Requirements):

  1. The general requirements for teacher licensure
  2. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or a master’s degree if required) through a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Conditions for issuance:

  • The general requirements for licensure AND
  • Successful completion of an out-of-state approved teacher education program OR
  • Foreign credentials (refer to WVBE Policy 5202)

Validity Period:

The Temporary Teaching Certificate shall be valid for one school year and shall expire on June 30.  An educator who graduates in December or whose Temporary Certificate is effective on or after January 1 may be issued a Temporary Certificate valid until June 30 of the following school year.

Note: Work experience while holding a Temporary Teaching Certificate may be recognized when applying for a five year or Permanent Professional Credential.

An Alternative Professional Teaching Certificate may be issued to a person who has completed:

  1. The general requirements for teacher licensure
  2. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or a master’s degree if required) through a regionally accredited institution of higher education (including verified foreign credentials degrees) in a field related to the area in which the individual seeks certification

Conditions for Issuance:

  • Must meet the proficiency scores on the state competency exams (Praxis I and II) OR qualify for an exemption of the Praxis I and achieve a passing Praxis II score in the area they are seeking certification OR provide acceptable documentation or related life experiences to the entity providing the program if the content area does not have a competency exam AND
  • Must be offered employment in a shortage area AND
  • Must enroll in an 18 semester hour WVDE-approved alternative route to certification program that includes components listed specifically within WVBE Policy 5202

Validity Period:

The Alternative Teaching Certificate shall be valid for one school year and may be renewed for no more than two years.

An Initial First-Class/Full-Time Permit for Professional Teaching or Student Support Personnel may be granted to an individual employed for a specific assignment who has completed the following:

  1. The general requirements for teacher licensure
  2. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or a master’s degree if required) through a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Conditions of Issuance:

  • For all endorsement areas except school psychologist, verification by the designated official at the institution of higher education through which the program is being completed that the applicant has completed 25% or six semester hours, whichever is greater, of the state approved program in the specialization(s) for which the permit is requested is required.  For the endorsement area of school psychologist, verification by the designated official at the institution of higher education through which the program is being completed that the applicant has completed 70% of the state approved program in the specialization for which the permit is requested is required; AND
  • Submission of the Professional Commitment verifying the applicant’s enrollment in the state approved program is required; AND
  • The individual receive the recommendation of the county superintendent verifying that the applicant is the most qualified candidate for the position, and has been hired for the position.

Validity period:

The First-Class/Full-Time Permit for Professional Teaching or Student Support Personnel shall be valid for one school year and shall expire on June 30.  An educator employed on or after January 1 may be issued a permit valid until June 30 of the following school year.

A Permanent Teaching Certificate may be issued to an individual who has completed the following:

  • The general requirements for licensure AND
  • An Initial Professional Teaching Certificate valid for three years, converted the certificate to a five year certificate and renewed the five year certificate twice OR
  • Demonstrate five years teaching experience in the endorsed area(s) and hold a master's degree in an area related to the public school program.

Career Technical Education (CTE) educators provide instruction to students in the occupational and trade specialization areas. CTE educators are licensed at the 9-Adult level. Career Technical Educators require a CTE. All candidates applying for a CTE certification must meet all of the general requirements, requirements of the specific area of certification for which one is applying, and any additional application requirements. The following requirements are specific to the types of certifications for which one may apply to become an educator in West Virginia.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

The First-Class/Full-Time Permit for CTE Educators may be issued for any area of specialization recognized by Policy 5202, Appendix A.  An Initial First-Class/Full-Time CTE Permit may be granted to an individual employed by local WV school system for a specific teaching assignment and who has completed:

  1. A minimum of a high school diploma, GED or a degree (if applicable)
  2. The general requirements for teacher licensure
The criteria for the specialization for which licensure is requested as listed in WVBE Policy 5202, 11.3.2

Conditions of Issuance:

A First-Class/Full-Time CTE Permit may be issued to an individual who submits evidence of the following:

  • Minimum proficiency levels on the California Achievement Tests in reading, writing and mathematics or meets the minimum scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Tests as identified in Policy 5202, Appendix B or one of the exemptions identified in WVBE Policy 5202, 10.1.2.c.F AND
  • Verification of the required years of work experience by the former employer(s) and notarized by a notary public AND
  • Professional Commitment verifying the applicant’s enrollment in the approved program AND
  • The industry recognized credential required for the program to meet the standards for accreditation or certification or approval set by the industry recognized organization or agency providing such accreditation, where available; and/or for the awarding of industry recognized credential to students or for the qualifications of students to sit for the credentialing examinations, where available; and/or to demonstrate program quality or to fulfill all program requirements AND
  • The recommendation of the employing county superintendent verifying that the applicant is the most qualified candidate.

Validity Period:

The First-Class/Full-Time CTE Permit shall be valid for one school year and shall expire on June 30.  An educator employed on or after January 1 may be issued a Permit valid until June 30 of the following school year.

General Criteria:

A non-renewable Temporary CTE Certificate may be issued to an educator who is seeking West Virginia licensure via the experienced educator provisions specified in (WVBE Policy 5202, 10.5.1) The Temporary CTE Certificate may be issued to an individual who holds a valid out-of-state CTE certificate and has completed of an out-of-state approved CTE educator program, but does not hold the required industry recognized credential and/or has not met the citizenship and/or testing requirements prescribed for issuance of the CTE Certificate. To upgrade this license to the CTE Certificate, the educator must pass all WV required tests and hold the appropriate industry credential(s).

Notes:

For certification in Technical and Industrial, Health Occupations, Cooperative Education, Criminal Justice, Firefighting and Emergency Services, Occupation Home Economics, or Pre-Engineering, refer to (WVBE Policy 5202, §126-136-11.3.2)
For certification in Agriculture, Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences or Marketing, the applicant must meet the requirements for the Initial Professional Teaching Certificate specified in (WVBE Policy 5202, §126-136-10.1.2)
Experience gained on the Temporary Certificate may be used toward the requirements for the issuance of the CTE Certificate.

An Initial Career/Technical Education Certificate may be granted to a CTE educator employed for a specific assignment who meets the following requirements:

  • Must hold a High School Diploma, GED, or a degree, if applicable, through an accredited institution of higher education and have completed all general requirements, the work and training experience required for issuance of the CTE permit, and state testing requirements mentioned specifically in WVBE Policy 5202.
  • Must be in a CTE specialization listed in WVBE Policy 5202, Appendix A.

Conditions for Issuance:  Individuals must have completed and show evidence of the following:

  • Completion of a state approved program with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and recommendation of the designated college official
  • Completion of a minimum of one year teaching experience within one or a combination of endorsements on the First-Class/Full-Time CTE Permit or the Temporary CTE Certificate
  • Hold and maintain the industry recognized credential for the program of study for which licensure is sought
  • Recommendation of a county superintendent. If one is not employed by a WV county school system, then one must secure a recommendation from their most recent education supervisor, provided employment severance does not exceed 1 year. If employment in WV educational setting is greater than 1 year, must secure a recommendation from an employer or community leader. OR
  • Verify 3 years of successful out-of-state experience as an educator within 7 years immediately preceding the date of application, the required tests in Basic Skills and Content, a valid out-of-state CTE Certificate, and industry recognized credential(s) if required. Both the out-of-state certificate and the experience must be in the specializations for which WV licensure is requested.

Validity Period:

Valid for no more than five years.

Eligible applicants must have obtained an Initial CTE Teaching Certificate valid for five years and renewed the five year certificate twice OR demonstrate five years teaching experience in the endorsed area(s) and hold an earned Master's Degree in an area related to the public school program.

Listing of All Specializations Recognized on Career/Technical Licenses

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Graphic Arts

Automotive Machinist

Health Assistant

Automotive Technology

Health Unit Coordinator

Aviation Maintenance

Industrial Equipment Maintenance

Carpentry

Industrial Safety

Child Care

Lab Tech Electronics

Civil Technology

Lab Tech Medical

Collision Repair

Machine Tool Technology

Commercial Art and Design

Masonry

Communications Technology

Materials Distribution

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Medical Aide

Computer Systems Repair

Medical Records

Coordinator Cooperative Education

Medical Transcription

Cosmetology

Mill and Cabinet

Criminal Justice

Mine Orientation – 80 Hours

Culinary Arts

Mine Orientation – 40 Hours

Data Processing Programming

Nursing Aide

Dental Assistant

Operations/Maintenance (Heavy Equipment)

Dental Technician

Optician Technician

Diesel Equipment Technology

Pharmacy Technician

Drafting and Design Technology

Piano Tuning and Repair

EKG Technician

Phlebotomy

Electromechanical Technology

Plumber and Pipefitting

Electronics Technology

Power Equipment Technology

Emergency Services

Practical Nursing

Facilities Maintenance

Respiratory Therapy

Food Preparation

Sheet Metal

Food Service

Surgical Technician     

Forestry

Ward Clerk 

General Building Construction

Welding

(See WVBE Policy 5202 for the most up to date listings.)

Teachers of adult learners are certified in educational and occupational specialization areas and serve only adult learners. Adult teaching licensures include: Adult License for Adult Basic Education, Adult Special Interest, Adult Occupational Area, Adult Permit for EMT and Fire Service Training, and Verification of Competency for Adult Special Interests. For more information about certification as a teacher of adult learners, please contact the Office of Professional Preparation.   

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

There are two types of certifications for substitute teachers: short-term substitute teaching permits and long-term substitute teaching permits.

Guidelines for a short-term substitute teaching certificate require that the candidate possess a bachelor’s degree, have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and that they receive recommendation from the superintendent of the county that he/she is employed in as a substitute. Each Substitute teaching candidate is required to take three days (18 clock hours) of training.

  • A short-term substitute is someone who fills a position for 30 days or less. This requires a short-term substitute permit.
  • A long-term substitute is someone who fills a position for more than 30 days. This requires a long-term substitute permit.

Please contact the specific school district that you wish to teach within for complete details of requirements and procedures for substitute teaching.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

West Virginia teaching certifications are reciprocal with every other state in the United States if the applicant meets the following requirements:

  • Must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed a teacher preparation program or alternative route to certification program that has been approved for licensure by the state in which it is located
  • Verification of a successful student teaching experience or equivalent

For complete details about inter-state transfers please contact the Office of Professional Preparation.   

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

International teachers with certifications in education must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign education credential service that is approved by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials (CEC) before applying for a certification in West Virginia. Two services that are commonly used to transfer international credentials are the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRO) or the Academic and Credential Records, Evaluation and verification Service (ACREVS). For more information about transferring a certification from another country to a West Virginia certificate, please contact the Office of Professional Preparation.   

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

Types of Certifications

Three administrative endorsements are available: Principal, Superintendent, and Supervisor of Instruction. Administrative credentials are issued PreK-Adult. All candidates applying for an administrative certification must meet all of the general requirements, requirements of the specific certification for which they are applying, and any additional application requirements. The following requirements are specific to the types of certifications for which one may apply to become an administrator in West Virginia.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

Certification Requirements:

  • The general requirements for licensure AND
  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, AND
  • Completed an administrator preparation program from a regionally accredited college or university and are eligible to be recommended by the college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 OR
  • Hold a valid out-of-state Administrative Certificate, AND have three years of teaching or management level experience, AND have completed the Evaluation Leadership Institute offered by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development.

Validity Period

The license is valid for a period of five (5) years.

Certification Requirements:

  • The general requirements for licensure
  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, AND
  • have completed an administrator preparation program from a regionally accredited college or university outside of West Virginia with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are eligible to be recommended by the college or university, AND
  • have three years of teaching or management level experience BUT have not met the required testing and the Evaluation Leadership Institute course completion requirements in order to obtain an Initial Professional Administrative Certificate.

Validity period:

The Temporary Administrative Certificate shall be valid for one school year and shall expire on June 30.  An administrator who graduates in December or whose Temporary Certificate is effective on or after January 1 may be issued a Temporary Certificate valid until June 30 of the following school year.

Certification Requirements:

  • The general requirements for licensure
  • Complete six (6) semester hours of coursework relating to a public school program from a regionally accredited college or university, OR
  • Must hold a salary classification of Masters +30, AND have completed five years of educational experience, two of which must be in the specialization reflected on the professional Administrative Certificate.

Student Support Requirements

Student Support Personnel include school counselors, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, attendance directors, and school nurses. Student support staff credentials are issued PreK-Adult. All candidates applying for a Student Support Staff certification must meet all of the general requirements, requirements of the specific certification for which they are applying, and any additional application requirements. The following requirements are specific to the types of certifications for which one may apply to become a student support staff member in West Virginia.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

Certification Requirements:

Student Support Personnel must meet the following requirements:

Initial Professional Student Support Certificate

The Initial Professional Student Support Certificate valid for three (3) years is issued for School Counselor to an applicant who meets the following criteria: 1) obtains a master’s degree in Counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND 2) successful completion of an accredited School Counseling Program.

Professional Student Support Certificate

A Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years is issued for School Counselor to an applicant who has completed:  1) six (6) semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education; OR has a salary classification of MA+30 or higher, AND has completed two (2) years of experience as a school counselor, one (1) of which must have been completed in West Virginia, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate

A Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate is issued to applicants who have completed a school counselor preparation program from a regionally accredited college or university outside of West Virginia with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are eligible to be recommended by the college or university BUT have not met the testing requirements established by the West Virginia Board of Education.

Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate

A Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate may be issued for School Counselor to an applicant who has obtained a Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years, and has completed five (5) years of educational experience, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Initial Professional Student Support Certificate

The Initial Professional Student Support Certificate valid for three (3) years is issued for School Psychologist to an applicant who completes an approved master’s degree in School Psychology from an accredited institution of higher education. 

Professional Student Support Certificate

A Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years is issued for School Psychologist to an applicant who has completed six (6) semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education; OR has a salary classification of MA+30 or higher, AND has completed two years of experience, one (1) of which must have been completed in West Virginia, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.  

Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate

A Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate is issued to applicants who have completed a school psychologist program from a regionally accredited college or university outside of West Virginia with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are eligible to be recommended by the college or university BUT have not met the testing requirements established by the West Virginia Board of Education.

Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate

A Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate may be issued for School Psychologist to an applicant who holds or is eligible to hold the Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years, and has completed five (5) years of educational experience, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Initial Professional Student Support Certificate

The Initial Professional Student Support Certificate valid for three (3) years for Speech-Language Pathologist is issued to an applicant who completes an approved master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited institution of higher education.

Professional Student Support Certificate

A Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years is issued for School Psychologist who has completed six (6) semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education; OR has a salary classification of MA+30 or higher, AND has completed two years of experience, one (1) of which must have been completed in West Virginia, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate

A Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate is issued to applicants who have completed a Speech-Language Pathologist program from a regionally accredited college or university outside of West Virginia with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are eligible to be recommended by the college or university BUT have not met the testing requirements established by the West Virginia Board of Education.

Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate

A Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate may be issued for School Psychologist to an applicant who holds or is eligible to hold the Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years, and has completed five years of educational experience, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Initial Professional Student Support Certificate

The Initial Professional Student Support Certificate valid for three (3) years is issued for Attendance Director is issued to an applicant who completes an approved Social Services and Attendance Program from an accredited institution of higher education.

Professional Student Support Certificate

A Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years is issued for Social Services and Attendance Director who has completed six (6) semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education; OR has a salary classification of MA+30 or higher, AND has completed two (2) years of experience, one (1) of which must have been completed in West Virginia, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate

A Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate may be issued to applicants who have completed a Speech-Language Pathologist program from a regionally accredited college or university outside of West Virginia with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are eligible to be recommended by the college or university BUT have not met the testing requirements established by the West Virginia Board of Education.

Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate

A Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate is issued for School Psychologist to an applicant who holds or is eligible to hold the Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five years, and has completed five (5) years of educational experience, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Initial Professional Student Support Certificate

Listed below are the three (3) pathways to be eligible for the Initial Professional Student Support Certificate valid for three years is issued for School Nurse. *

  1. The applicant holds bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, AND holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, AND has successfully completed an accredited School Nurse Program.
  2. The applicant holds a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution of higher education, AND holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, AND holds a valid national certification in school nursing from the National Board of Certification of School Nurses, Inc.
  3. The applicant holds a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution of higher education, AND 2) holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, AND 3) holds a valid national certification in an area recognized by the West Virginia Department of Education for School Nurse.  Areas include but are not limited to: school nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, clinical specialist in community health nursing, clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nursing, and advanced nursing administration.  

*Exceptions – A School Nurse who is employed on a Full-Time/First-Class Permit is not required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for issuance for the original Permit.  Evidence of a valid R. N. license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners is required.

Professional Student Support Certificate

A Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five (5) years is issued for School Nurse to an applicant who has completed six (6) semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education; OR has a salary classification of MA+30 or higher, AND has completed two (2) years of experience, one (1) of which must have been completed in West Virginia, and receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate

A Temporary Professional Student Support Certificate is issued for School Nurse to an applicant who has completed a nursing program from a regionally accredited college or university outside of West Virginia and is eligible to be recommended by the college or university, AND holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, BUT has not met the testing requirements established by West Virginia Board of Education.

Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate

A Permanent Professional Student Support Certificate is issued for School Nurse to an applicant who holds or is eligible to hold the Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five years, AND has completed five years of educational experience, AND receives the recommendation of the county superintendent.

Paraprofessional Requirements

Counselor, school nurse, school psychologist, speech language pathologists’, and social services/attendance positions are classified as student support staff. Student support staff credentials are issued to paraprofessionals for grades PreK-Adult. All candidates applying for a paraprofessional certification must meet all of the general requirements, requirements of the specific certification for which they are applying, and any additional application requirements. The following requirements are specific to the types of certifications for which one may apply to become a paraprofessional in West Virginia.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202)

Certification Requirements:

Paraprofessionals must meet the following requirements:

  • Passing grade for three (3) semester hours of college/university coursework for each area
  • Successful completion of forty-five (45) clock-hours of equivalent professional development training relating to the respective basic skill area
  • Passing scores for Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test for each basic skill area
  • Hold an earned master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Hold an ACT score of 25 prior to November 1, 1989 or enhanced ACT score of 26 on/after November 1, 1989
  • Hold a SAT of 1035 prior to April 1, 1995 or 1125 on/after April 1, 1995
  • Hold an Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist certificate issued by the United States Department of Labor for those entering the program during/after the 2002-03 school year, meets the reading requirement
  • Hold a passing score for the Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment-Written Test (EIPA-WT) to meet one (1) semester hour of the reading requirement
  • Hold a passing grade for three (3) semester hours of college/university coursework in classroom management
  • Successful completion of forty-five (45) clock-hours of equivalent professional development training relating to classroom management
  • Documentation by the employing local WV school system of a minimum of two (2) years of work experience demonstrating successful classroom management skills provided the experience is in the public education classroom setting while under direct supervision of a licensed teacher
  • Hold an Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist certificate issued by the US Department of Labor for those entering the program during/after the 2002-03 school year, to meet three (3) semester hours of the classroom management requirement
  • Hold a passing grade for three (3) semester college/university hours of coursework relating to special education
  • Successful completion of forty-five (45) clock-hours of equivalent professional development or training relating to special education
  • Documentation by the employing local WV school system of a minimum of two (2) years of work experience, that included serving special needs learners, in the public education classroom while under direct supervision of a licensed teacher AND a minimum of ten (10) clock hours of professional development training relating to special education
  • Hold a passing score for Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment-Written Test (EIPA-WT) to meet three (3) semester hours of the special education requirement.
  • Hold a passing grade for three (3) semester hours of college/university coursework relating to computer literacy/technology
  • Complete forty-five (45) clock-hours of equivalent professional development training relating to computer literacy/technology
  • Hold a passing grade for three (3) semester hours of college/university coursework relating to human growth and development or psychology
  • Successful completion of forty-five (45) clock-hours of equivalent professional development or training relating to human growth and development/psychology
  • Hold a valid US Department of Labor credential issued for the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist for those entering the program during/after the 2002-03 school year is recognized as being equivalent to three (3) semester hours of human growth and development/psychology
  • Hold a passing score for Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment-Written Test (EIPA-WT) to meet three (3) semester hours of human growth and development/psychology coursework
  • Hold passing grades for three (3) college/university courses (total 9 semester hours) relating to any area of instruction provided within the public school system
  • Successful completion of forty-five (45) clock-hours for each three (3) hours of coursework (total 135 clock-hours of combined equivalent training) of equivalent professional development training for each three (3) semester hours of college/university coursework relating to any area of instruction provided within the public school system
  • Hold a valid US Department of Labor credential issued for the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist for those entering the program during/after the 2002-03 school year to meet three (3) semester hours of elective coursework
  • Hold a passing score for Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment-Written Test (EIPA-WT) to meet nine (9) semester hours of electives

(Six (6) semester hours or equivalent professional development training in one or combination of academic area/s)

  • Hold passing grades for six (6) college/university semester hours of courses relating to any area/s of instruction provided within the public school system
  • Complete forty-five (45) clock-hours of equivalent professional development training for each of the three (3) semester hours of college/university coursework relating to any area of instruction in the public school system
  • Hold a US Department of Labor credential issued for the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist to those entering the program during/after the 2002-03 school term meets to six (6) semester hours of general studies coursework
  • A passing score for Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment-Written Test (EIPA-WT) is recognized as equivalent to three (3) hours of general studies coursework

Validity Period

The Paraprofessional Certificate is issued as a permanent credential to work with all grade levels and may make one eligible for an advanced salary classification.

Authorization Requirements:

Coaches, Limited Football Trainers, and Athletic Trainers:  All candidates applying for an authorization must meet all of the general requirements, requirements of the specific certification for which they are applying, and any additional application requirements. The following requirements are specific to the types of authorizations for which one may apply to become a Coach, Limited Football Trainer, or Athletic Trainer in West Virginia.

(All requirements are summarized and do not supersede the authority of WVBE Policy 5202.)

Eligible applicants hold a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED, AND are under contract with a board of education to serve as a coach, AND have completed West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission training, AND receive the recommendation of the superintendent.  

Eligible applicants hold a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED, AND are under contract with a board of education to serve as a Limited Football Trainer, AND have a medical background that may include, but is not limited to; chiropractor, physical therapist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physician’s assistant, paramedic, or emergency medical technician, AND receive the recommendation of the superintendent.

Eligible applicants hold a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED, AND are under contract with a board of education to serve as a Limited Football Trainer, AND have a medical background that may include, but is not limited to; chiropractor, physical therapist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physician’s assistant, paramedic, or emergency medical technician, AND receive the recommendation of the superintendent.

Validity Period:

These authorizations are valid for a period of one year.

Who Must Take the Examinations?

Individuals who complete a teacher education program approved by the West Virginia Board of Education and leading to West VirginiaPraxis Logo certification must meet the testing requirements of that program unless exempted by current State Board policy. The testing requirements include the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®), the content specialty tests and the professional knowledge tests from The Praxis Series™. The PPST is available in paper-based or computer-based formats. The Praxis II includes the content specialty test and the professional knowledge tests (the latter tests are titled Principles of Learning and Teaching).

Click here to find out more about Praxis examinations and to view the required Praxis tests scores for certification in West Virginia.

Testing Exemptions for Praxis Tests:

  1. Individual holds certification through NBPTS.
  2. Individual holds or has held a WV Professional Teaching Certificate.
  3. Holds a Master’s Degree.
  4. Attained composite scores of 25 for ACT, 26 on ACT enhanced, 1035 on SAT or 1125 on re-centered SAT.
  5. Holds a valid out-of-state certificate in the content area and is exempt from Pre-Professional Skills tests.
  1. Individual holds certification through NBPTS.
  2. Satisfied a passing score on the appropriate content test in another state.
  3. Has a valid out-of-state licensure in the area in which WV certification is available and requested.
  4. Holds a Doctorate in the content area for which WV licensure is available and requested.
  1. Individual holds certification through NBPTS.
  2. Holds a valid out-of-state professional certificate and is exempt from the PLT.

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Yes.  All applicants for initial licensure to work in the public schools of West Virginia (WV) must be fingerprinted.  The fingerprints will be analyzed by the WV State Police for a state criminal history record check through the central abuse registry and then forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check. 

You may obtain a fingerprint card and the necessary release forms to accompany the card by visiting http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/firstime.html.

Yes.  Download an application Form 9 at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/index.html.  Submit the completed application, $25.00 processing fee, and documentation verifying your name change to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).  You may submit a copy of your driver’s license, social security card, passport, marriage license, or any other official documentation verifying a legal change of name. 

Send your written request along with a $5 (check or money order) research fee to:

West Virginia Department of Education
Building 6, Room 252
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV  25305

Please be sure to include any previous names in which your file may be filed under, the last four digits of your social security number and your current mailing address.

If you are employed in a WV public school system or have been employed within the last year, you must obtain the recommendation of the superintendent of that system on your application for certification.  If, however, you are not employed by a public school system in WV, you may obtain the recommendation of your most recent educational supervisor provided employment severance is not greater than one year.  If you are not employed in an educational setting, you may submit the recommendation of your current employer or community leader.  The character recommendation/reference form is located at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04B.pdf.

According to WVBE Policy 5202, all coursework used for licensure requirements must be from an accredited institution of higher education.  For initial licensure, the college or university must be accredited by the official accrediting agency of the state in which the institution is located and by one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the National Commission on Accrediting: Middle States, New England, Northwest, North Central, Southern, and Western Associations.  For coursework that will be used for renewal or advanced salary classification, the college or university may be regionally accredited or accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation, Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission, Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission, or by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools. 

The following link will allow you to check the accreditation status of a particular college or university:  http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.

  Yes. Educators licensed in another state may complete the Form 20-T found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/.  You may order a fingerprint card from the website and have your prints put on the card at any location and submit it also along with a Form 7, Release of Information.  Submit the application, fingerprint card and Form 7 along with official seal-bearing transcripts from institutions you have attended, a copy of the certificate you were issued in another state.  The application fee is $25 and the fingerprint search is $34.00 making the total fee $59.00.  It will also be necessary to submit a character recommendation for certification.  You may use the Form 4B found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04B.pdf.

There are twenty (20) institutions of higher education that offer WVBE-approved teacher preparation programs in West Virginia.  While most of the preparation programs are offered at the undergraduate level, six (6) institutions offer initial teacher certification programs at the graduate level.  Nineteen (19) of the 20 institutions offer teacher preparation programs in elementary education and 19 offer secondary teacher preparation programs in a variety of disciplines.  Please visit the following website to see the teacher preparation programs offered by each of the 20 institutions in West Virginia: http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/teachprep.html.

You will need to complete a teacher preparation program, receive the recommendation for licensure from the institution, pass the WVBE-required Praxis I and II licensure exams (see http://www.ets.org/praxis/wv/requirements for a list of the required exams), and complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check. 

You may complete the Form 20-T found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/. Submit that application to the WVDE along with official seal-bearing transcripts from institutions you have attended.  A fingerprint card may be requested from the website, your fingerprints may be taken at any location.  Also include the completed card along with a Form 7, Release of Information with your application.  The application fee is $25 and the fingerprint search is $34.00 making the total fee $59.00. 

Eight (8) institutions of higher education currently offer WVBE-approved student support service preparation programs.  Depending upon your interests and needs, you will need to complete a student support preparation program, receive the recommendation of the institution for licensure in West Virginia, take and pass the WVBE-required Praxis exams. A list of the required exams may be found at http://www.ets.org/praxis/wv/requirements.

Complete the Form 20-S found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/. Submit that application to the WVDE along with official seal-bearing transcripts from institutions you have attended.  You may order a fingerprint card from the website and have your prints put on the card at any location and submit it along with a Form 7, Release of Information.  The application fee is $25 and the fingerprint search is $34.00 making the total fee $59.00. 

  • School Nurse preparation programs are currently offered by Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University and West Liberty State College.
  • Other student service preparation programs are offered by American Public University Systems, Marshall University and West Virginia University.  Please visit the following website to see the student support preparation programs offered by these three institutions: http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/teachprep.html.

At which institution(s) may I obtain the training needed to become an administrator?

Five institutions (American Public University, Concord College, Marshall University, Salem International University and West Virginia University) offer WVBE-approved administrator-preparation programs.  Depending upon your interests and needs, you will need to complete an administrator preparation program, receive the recommendation for licensure from the West Virginia institution, have three years of management level experience, take and pass the WVBE-required Praxis II licensure exam (See http://www.ets.org/praxis/wv/requirements for a list of the required exams), and complete the Evaluation Leadership Institute offered by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development.

Complete the Form 19 found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/.  Submit that application to the WVDE along with official seal-bearing transcripts from institutions you have attended.  First time applicants may order a fingerprint card from the website and have your prints put on the card at any location and submit it along with a Form 7, Release of Information.  The application fee is $25 and the fingerprint search is $34.00 making the total fee $59.00. 

  • American Public University offers a program which leads to licensure as principal. Concord University offers a program which leads to licensure as principal and supervisor of instruction.
  • Marshall University, Salem International University and West Virginia University offer programs which lead to licensure as principal, superintendent and supervisor of instruction.

Both Long-Term and Short-Term Substitute Permits may be issued to individuals who hold the minimum of a bachelor’s degree and complete training required by the WVBE.  Permits for substitute teaching are initiated at the county level (NOTE: not all WV county school systems employ substitutes not licensed with a professional teaching certificate).  

The application is located at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms.  Submit that application to the WVDE along with official seal-bearing transcripts from institutions you have attended.  First time applicants may order a fingerprint card from the website and have your prints put on the card at any location and submit it along with a Form 7, Release of Information.  The application fee is $25 and the fingerprint search is $34.00 making the total fee $59.00. 

May I apply for jobs in the WV public school system?

Individuals not formally trained as an educator but wishing to work in the state’s public schools may do so in one of four ways.  Each of the four ways requires the individual to have a bachelor’s degree and two require the individual to enroll in a teacher preparation program.

Alternative Certificate:  When a superintendent posts a secondary teaching position for which no fully certified teacher applies, the superintendent may hire an individual who has a bachelor’s degree or higher in the content area for which the position was posted.  (The bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and the person must have the minimum of a 2.5 GPA).  The individual must agree to enroll in and complete an alternative route to certification program, have passed the WVBE-required Praxis I and Praxis II content exams and complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check.  The alternative certificate must be renewed, through the completions of a minimum of six semester hours, each year for up to three years.  At the end of the three years, the individual must have completed all requirements for conversion of the alternative certificate to the initial professional teaching certificate. 

First-Class/Full-Time Permit:  When a superintendent posts a teaching position for which no fully certified teacher applies, the superintendent may hire an individual who has a bachelor’s degree or higher, an overall 2.5 GPA and has completed 25 percent of a WVBE-approved teacher preparation program in the area for which the person is being hired.  The individual must agree to complete the preparation program within five years, renewing the permit each year with the completion of a minimum of six semester hours.

Long-Term Substitute Permit:  An individual may be hired as a long-term substitute provided s/he has a bachelor’s degree, a 2.0 GPA, and has completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of content in the content area for which s/he will be substituting.

Short-Term Substitute Permit:  An individual may work as a short-term substitute provided s/he has a bachelor’s degree and a 2.0 GPA.

Applications are located at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/. You may submit the application to the WVDE along with official seal-bearing transcripts from institutions you have attended.  First time applicants may order a fingerprint card from the website and have his/her prints put on the card at any location and submit it along with a Form 7, Release of Information.  The application fee is $25 and the fingerprint search is $34.00 making the total fee $59.00. 

West Virginia currently offers alternative route to certification programs which lead to licensure for both general and special educators.  A list of WVBE-approved alternative certification programs may be found at:  http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/teachprep.html.

How can I renew my Alternative Teaching Certificate?

An Alternative Teaching Certificate is valid for only one year and must be renewed annually.  To renew an Alternative Teaching Certificate, you must complete six semester hours of coursework required in the alternative route to certification.  To be eligible for the first renewal of the Alternative Teaching Certificate, you must successfully complete the Beginning Educator Internship and receive the recommendation of your county superintendent.  The following year, you must complete the six semester hours of coursework and receive the recommendation of your superintendent.

How long is my Alternative Teaching Certificate valid?

Alternative Teaching Certificates issued by the WVDE expire June 30 of the last year of their validity regardless of the date of issuance.  Alternative Teaching Certificates are issued for only one year.

When must I complete the requirements for an Initial Professional Teaching Certificate?

Alternate routes to certification MUST be completed in a three-year time period. ALL of the requirements for the Initial Professional Certificate must be completed within three years of the issuance of the Alternative Teaching Certificate.

How can I convert my Alternative Teaching Certificate to an Initial Professional Teaching Certificate?

West Virginia currently offers three types of alternative teaching certificate for general and special educators.  Each type has different requirements for conversion of the alternative teaching certificate to an initial professional teaching certificate or permanent authorization.

  • General Educators:  Complete the 18 semester hours of required coursework and the three phases of training required as a part of the alternative certification program, receive a college, university and/or RESA recommendation for certification, pass the Praxis I and II exams required by the WVBE, receive the county superintendent recommendation and complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check.
  • Special Educators Seeking Special Education Certification:  Complete the coursework required as a part of the alternative certification program, receive college, university and/or RESA  recommendation for certification, pass the Praxis I and II exams required by the WVBE, receive the county superintendent recommendation and complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check.
  • Special Educators Seeking Content Endorsement:  Complete coursework in the required areas as specified athttp://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/altroute_speced.html.  Once you complete the required 21 semester hours of coursework, you can apply for a permanent authorization in the restricted content endorsement which will remain valid as long as your special education certification remains valid.

Will my job be posted each year while I am working towards completing the requirements of the alternate route to certification?

The answer to this question depends upon whether you hold any other professional teaching and/or student support certificates.  For instance, if you hold a Professional Teaching Certificate endorsed in another area or specialization, then your job will not be posted at the end of each employment term.  However, if you hold no other Professional Teaching and/or Student Support Certificate, your job will be posted at the end of the employment term to ensure no fully certified educator is available for the position.

How was the effective date of my certificate determined?

Certificates issued by the WVDE are made effective the last day all of the requirements for licensure were met (graduation, passing Praxis II, etc.) provided the application was received at the WVDE within three months of the date that all requirements were met.  Requests for licensure received more than three months after all requirements have been met will be dated three months prior to the date the application was received at the WVDE.

How was the expiration date of my certificate determined? 

Certificates issued by the WVDE expire June 30 of the last year of their validity regardless of the date of issuance. 

How can I convert from an Initial Professional Teaching Certificate to a Professional Teaching Certificate valid for five years?

Applicants are eligible to convert to a Professional Teaching Certificate valid for five years provided he/she meets the following requirements: 1) holds an Initial Professional Teaching Certificate; 2) meets the renewal requirements for that certificate; 3) successfully completes the beginning teacher internship, 4) completes two years of educational experience within one or a combination of the endorsements listed on the certificate being considered for conversion (one year of which must in WV); 5) receives the recommendation of the superintendent for whom the educator is employed or last taught; 6) submits the application Form 4 available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04.

How can I convert an Initial Professional Student Support Certificate to a Professional Student Support Certificate valid for five years? 

Applicants are eligible to convert to a Professional Teaching Certificate valid for five years provided he/she meets the following requirements: 1) hold an Initial Professional Teaching Certificate; 2) meets the renewal requirements for that certificate; 3) successfully completes two years of educational experience within one or a combination of the endorsements listed on the certificate being considered for conversion (one year of which must in WV); 4) receives the recommendation of the superintendent for whom the educator is employed or last taught; 5) submit the application Form 4 available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04

How can I convert to a Permanent Professional Teaching or Student Support Certificate?

There are three pathways available to applicants eligible to convert to a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate. The first requires an applicant to meet the following criteria: 1) holds or is eligible to hold a Professional Teaching Certificate valid for five years; 2) holds a master’s degree related to the public school program; 3) completes five years of educational experience (two of which must be within the endorsements area(s) listed on the certificate); 4) receives the recommendation of the superintendent for whom the educator is employed or last taught; 5) submits the application Form 4 available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04.

The other option available to educators allows a permanent certificate to be issued to educators who meet the following criteria: 1) completes two renewals of the Professional Certificate valid for five years; 2) receives the recommendation of the superintendent for whom the educator is employed or last taught; 3) submits the application Form 4 available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04.

The third option available to educators allows a permanent certificate to be issued to educators who meet the following criteria: 1) obtains certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS); 2) receives the recommendation of the superintendent for whom the educator is employed or last taught; 3) submits the application Form 4 available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04.

With whom should I consult regarding the renewal process? 

As a professional educator, you are ultimately responsible for maintaining your professional certificate.  If you are employed in a WV school system, you should contact your superintendent or his/her designee for consultation.  If you live in WV but are not employed by a WV school system, contact the county superintendent or his/her designee in which you reside.  If you are not employed in WV school system and live outside of WV, you may contact a representative at the WVDE for advice by calling 800.982.2378 or by e-mail at mfmiller@access.k12.wv.us 

How do I renew my certificate? 

You may submit your renewal application after January 1 of the year in which your certificate expires.   Professional Teaching Certificates may be renewed using one of three different options:

  1. Six semester of hours of accredited college/university coursework related to the public school program and reflected on an official seal-bearing transcript as defined in §126-136-9.6.6 of Policy 5202. The coursework must reflect a 3.0 GPA and have been completed subsequent to the date of issuance of the certificate being renewed and within a five-year period immediately preceding the date of your renewal application; OR
  2. the certificate being renewed reflects an advanced salary classification of MA +30 of higher; OR
  3. the applicant has reached age 60 (photocopy of birth certificate must be included). 

A renewal application Form 4 may be located at:  http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form04.pdf

Note:  Certificates issued with an effective date after January 1, 2008, (excluding student support certificates) require:

  • Three semester hours of coursework related to the public school program AND three semester hours of coursework related to the improvement of instruction through the use of technology; OR
  • Verification of a salary classification of a Master’s Degree plus 30 additional hours (MA+30); OR
  • Documentation that you have reached age 60.

In addition, hours taken for other purposes e.g., advanced salary, additional endorsement, etc. may be used for renewal purposes also.

What type of college coursework should I complete to renew my certificate?

There are four basic options available to educators who need to renew a certificate: 1) courses required in program leading to a master’s degree related to the public school program; 2) courses related to the improvement of instruction and to the educator’s assignment and/or certification area; 3) courses needed to qualify for an additional endorsement; OR 4) courses that were prescribed by a county superintendent as a result of an evaluation.

The coursework may be either graduate or undergraduate, but must meet the following criteria: 1) be completed at an accredited institution of higher education; 2) reflect a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 3) be completed after the effective date of the certificate being renewed; 4) be completed within a five-year period preceding the date the application for renewal was received by the WVDE. 

When should I request to renew my certificate? 

An educator should formally request the renewal of his/her certificate when all of the requirements for renewal have been met, but not before January 1 of the year in which the certificate expires.

How do I renew if I my certificate has expired?

The renewal requirements are the same for an expired certificate as they are for an unexpired certificate.

May I renew based on out-of-state reciprocity?

If you have an expired West Virginia Certificate, you may submit an application Form 20-T along with a photocopy of a valid out-of-state certificate to obtain a new West Virginia certificate.  Or, you may submit an application Form 4 along with official seal-bearing transcript(s) reflecting six (6) hours of college credit to renew an expired Professional Teaching Certificate.

How do I renew my administrative certificate? 

Professional Administrative Certificates can be renewed using one of three different options: 1) six semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution on higher education; 2) the certificate being renewed reflects an advanced salary classification of MA +30 of higher; or 3) the applicant has reached age 60.  An application (Form 19) for renewal may be located online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form19.pdf.

When should I request to renew my Administrative Certificate?

An educator should formally request the renewal of his/her certificate when all of the requirements for renewal have been met, but not before January 1 of the year in which the certificate expires.

How can I convert to a Permanent Professional Administrative Certificate?

In order to convert to a Permanent Professional Administrative Certificate, you must hold the Professional Administrative Certificate valid for five years and meet specific renewal requirements (six semester hours of relevant coursework OR a salary classification of MA +30).  Additionally, you must document five years of educational experience, two of which must be in one of the specializations listed on the Professional Administrative Certificate.  You must apply for permanent certification through the WVDE on the Form 19 and receive a recommendation for certification. 

How was the effective date of my Career/Technical Education Certificate determined?

Career/Technical Education Certificates issued by the WVDE are made effective the last day all licensure requirements were met provided the application was received at the WVDE within three months of the date all requirements were met.  Requests for licensure received more than three months after all requirements were met will be dated three months prior to the date the application was received at the WVDE.

How was the expiration date of my Career/Technical Education Certificate determined?

Career/Technical Education Certificates issued by the WVDE expire June 30 of the last year of their validity regardless of the date of issuance. 

How do I renew my Career/Technical Education Certificate?

The Career/Technical Education Certificate may be renewed using one of three different options: 1) six semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution on higher education relating to public education; 2) the certificate being renewed reflects an advanced salary classification of MA +30 of higher; or 3) the applicant has reached age 60.  An application (Form V7) for renewal may be located online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/FormV7.pdf.

What type of college coursework should I complete to renew my Career/Technical Education Certificate?

There are four basic options available to educators who need to renew a CTE certificate: 1) courses required in program leading to a master’s degree related to the public school program; 2) courses related to the improvement of instruction and to the educator’s assignment and/or certification area; 3) courses needed to qualify for an additional endorsement; OR 4) courses that were prescribed by a county superintendent as a result of an evaluation.
The coursework may be either graduate or undergraduate, but must meet the following criteria: 1) be completed at an accredited institution of higher education; 2) reflect a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 3) be completed after the effective date of the certificate being renewed; 4) be completed within a five period preceding the date the application for renewal was received by the WVDE. 

How can I convert to a Permanent Career/Technical Education Certificate?

There are two pathways to permanent certification available to applicants eligible to convert to a Permanent Career/Technical Education Certificate. The first requires an applicant to meet the following criteria: 1) hold or be eligible to hold a Professional Teaching Certificate valid for five years; 2) hold a master’s degree related to the public school program; 3) complete five years of educational experience (two of which must be within the endorsements area(s) listed on the certificate); 4) receive the recommendations for certification; 5) submit the application Form V7 along with the appropriate processing fee. 

The other option available to educators allows a permanent certificate to be issued to those who meet the following criteria: 1) complete two renewals of the Career/Technical Education Certificate valid for five years; 2) receive the recommendations for certification; 3) submit the application (Form V7) available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/index.html along with the appropriate processing fee. 

How can I obtain an advanced salary classification on my Career/Technical Education Certificate?

The basic salary for the holder of a Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit or Certificate is based on a bachelor’s degree.  If you have earned a master’s or doctoral degree, your salary class is based upon that earned degree.

Advanced salary classification is recognized on the Career/Technical Education Certificate.  The career/technical education advanced salary classifications for an educator whose Career/Technical Education Certificate is not based on a degree include Career/Technical Education B.A. plus 15, Career/Technical Education M.A., Career/Technical Education M.A. plus15, Career/Technical Education M.A. plus 30, and Career/Technical Education M.A. plus 45.

Six semester hours of college/university coursework in the teaching specialization update are required for each advanced salary classification.

How can I renew my Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit?

The first renewal of the Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit requires that you continue to be employed by a WV county board of education in the area/s of endorsement and provide the following documentation:  passing scores for the Basic Skills Tests, passing scores for the written and performance sections of the content specialization sections of the NOCTI test (administered by WVU Institute of Technology), official college/university transcript verifying the completion of appropriate six semester hours of college/university course work reflecting a 3.0 GPA, an official recommendation of the superintendent of the county in which you are employed, and an official recommendation from the institution of higher education at which renewal coursework is completed. 

Subsequent renewals of the Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit for those who continue to be employed require an official college/university transcript verifying the completion of appropriate six semester hours of college/university course work reflecting a 3.0 GPA, an official recommendation of the superintendent of the county in which you are employed, and an official recommendation from the institution of higher education at which renewal coursework is completed.

What type of college coursework should I complete to renew my Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit?

Coursework used to renew a Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit must meet the requirement of the program of study leading to becoming fully certified with a Career/Technical Education Certificate.

How long do I have to meet the requirements for full certification for Career/Technical Education?

All requirements for the Career/Technical Education First-Class/Full-Time Permit must be completed within five years of the original issuance of the First-Class/Full-Time Permit.

Once all requirements are met, you will need to apply for an original Career/Technical Education Certificate by submitting an application Form V7, official college/university transcript verifying the completion of appropriate six semester hours of college/university course work reflecting a 3.0 GPA, an official recommendation of the superintendent of the county in which you are employed, an official recommendation from the institution of higher education at which coursework was completed, and the appropriate processing fee.    

How can I renew my First-Class/Full-Time Permit or Out-of-Field Authorization?

To renew a First-Class/Full-Time Permit or Out-of-Field Authorization, you must submit an application to the WVDE, along with the appropriate fee, and documentation (official seal-bearing transcript) of six semester hours of coursework related to the program of study.  The coursework must be verified by a representative of the institution in which you are enrolled and reflect a 3.0 GPA or higher.

What type of college coursework should I complete to renew my Permit or Authorization?

It is always best to consult with an advisor representing the institution in which you are enrolled to seek guidance on course selection.  However, the six semester hours required to renew a First-Class/Full-Time Permit or Out-of-Field Authorization must reflect coursework required by the institution’s approved program leading to the endorsement you are seeking.

How long do I have to meet the requirements for full professional certification?

All requirements for the Professional Teaching or Student Support Certificate must be completed within five years of the original issuance of the First Class/Full‑Time Permit for Professional Teaching and Student Support Personnel.  The position held by an educator issued a First Class/Full-Time Permit for Professional Teaching and Student Support Personnel is not subject to posting provided the educator meets the annual renewal requirements specified in '126-136-11.2 and completes the state approved program within five years.

How can I obtain an advanced salary classification?

You may apply for an advanced salary classification by completing a Form 12 application and submitting it with your official transcripts and the required $25.00 processing fee. The application is located online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form12.pdf.

Are all degrees recognized for purposes of advanced salary?

No. All degrees granted since July 1, 1994, must be related to the public school program in order to be eligible for advanced salary classification.

How can I obtain certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards?

 You must apply to the NBPTS (http://www.nbpts.org) to be accepted into the board certification process.

Is there assistance and guidance provided for teachers pursuing NBPTS certification?

The WVDE is able to assist teachers with the reimbursement of their NBPTS program fees. Currently, the first 200 enrollment applicants each year are eligible for reimbursement of their fees by applying on the Form 37 application and submitting the required documentation. The application and required W-9 tax form are located online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/index.html.

May I be reimbursed for the cost of the courses needed to renew my certificate?

You must contact your county certification office so that the county may verify your eligibility for tuition reimbursement. If eligible, you will need to complete and submit a Form 36 application for tuition reimbursement and obtain your county superintendent’s signature. All coursework being claimed for reimbursement must be submitted to the WVDE within the fiscal year in which the coursework was completed (beginning each July 1 and ending the following June 15).  The application and required W-9 tax form are located online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/Form36.pdf.