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Educator Preparation

West Virginia has nineteen colleges and universities offering outstanding traditional preparation programs for educators, designed to provide the knowledge and skills required for teacher candidates to receive a world class education. Additionally, state-approved alternative certification programs are offered by West Virginia school districts to assist individuals in transitioning their skills to meet areas of critical need and shortage. The following options will guide you to career opportunities that may be utilized to become a part of West Virginia's educational system. Once a state approved program is completed, you may advance to the certification section of our website and apply for certifications, permits, and/or authorizations.

Select an accredited college or university below to visit that institution's website.

If you have questions about what it takes to become a professional educator in the public school systems of West Virginia after reviewing these materials, please feel free to contact the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure at 1-800-982-2378 or click here to access our office's staff directory.