What opportunities are there for professional development in West Virginia?Professional Development

Good teachers help students discover the value and relevance of new skills and knowledge. In West Virginia, professional educators practice what they preach by continuing their training beyond their initial certification to become life-long learners. Our teachers stay current with the latest methods and research-based professional development. To find out more, click on the tabs below to explore some of the many possibilities for professional development and advancement in West Virginia. 

 

Helping you grow

National Board Certification in West Virginia - National Board Certification is a symbol National Board Logoof professional teaching excellence. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.

  • West Virginia provides reimbursement for the full amount of National Board Certification fees to the first 200 applicants each year. To obtain a Form 37 application for the fee reimbursement click here.
  • National Board Certified Teachers receive a salary supplement of $3,500 each school year that they are employed within the public school systems of West Virginia. To request a Form 12 for the salary supplement click here.

Other Advanced Credentials Available in West Virginia:
Technology Integration Specialist
Mentor Teacher
Master Mentor Teacher
Educator 21
Advanced Placement Teacher

Online Opportunities

E-Learning for Educators in West Virginia – An initiative created in hopes of overcoming the barriers of and distance for West Virginia educatorsComputer by providing teachers with access to high quality web-based professional development opportunities. There are no charges for E-Learning professional development courses and more than 30 E-Learning workshops are available.

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Video

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The Model Classrooms Project –A website that provides all West Virginia teachers access to video clips that demonstrate quality student engagement within a 21st century context. The video clips are accompanied by a lesson plan and commentary from the featured teacher who targets the various strategies implemented, as well as the integration of identified 21st century skills.

 

 

 

 

21st Century Skills for 21st Century Teachers

Global 21 in West Virginia - The West Virginia Department of Education is working to make sure that educators get the quality, research-based Students at whiteboardprofessional development they crave through the Teacher Leadership Institute.

Teach 21 in West Virginia – A website designed by teachers to assist colleagues in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction in West Virginia Classrooms. It enables educators to quickly access learning skills, technology tools, and other resources that exemplify rigorous and relevant instructional design and delivery.

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Assessment

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21st Century Classroom Assessment Networks - Professional learning communities of educators from each region of West Virginia continuously improve and support the implementation of  West Virginia models of classroom assessment for learning practices. Each year new networks engage in a year-long professional development experience and join existing networks to guide counties and schools throughout West Virginia with developing professional learning community processes and formative classroom assessment CANpractices for developing 21st century schools and school systems.

 

 

 

Rewarding you for continuing your education

State Tuition Reimbursement is available to teachers working in the public educational system on a first-come, first-serve basis each year. In addition, many school districts throughout West Virginia offer their own individualized programs for tuition reimbursement to teachers employed within their public schools.

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

An educator applying for tuition reimbursement under the renewal option must be seeking certification renewal, AND have a continuing contract with a county board of education. The educator must hold less than the MA+30 classification and less than permanent certification to be eligible for the renewal option. The county superintendent must verify the educator's eligibility for the renewal option by completing the renewal option verification section of the Form 36 application.

Reimbursement for courses completed toward certification renewal is limited to fifteen (15) total lifetime semester hours for all teachers.

The educator must have completed the appropriate college or university coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

All tuition reimbursement applications for coursework completed on or after July 1 must be received by the Office of Professional Preparation no later than the following June 15 in order to be considered for state reimbursement.

An educator applying for tuition reimbursement under the shortage area option must hold either a valid West Virginia Certificate or a First Class Permit for full-time employment, and be seeking an additional endorsement in a shortage area, and either reside in the state or be employed regularly for instructional purposes in a public school in the state. The county superintendent must verify the educator's eligibility for the shortage area option by completing the shortage area option verification section of the Form 36 application.

Reimbursement for courses completed in a verified shortage area is limited to fifteen (15) total lifetime semester hours for any teacher.

The educator must have completed the appropriate college or university coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

All tuition reimbursement applications for coursework completed on or after July 1 must be received by the Office of Professional Preparation no later than the following June 15 in order to be considered for state reimbursement.

  • Download both pages of the application Form 36 (link to updated Form 36) for Tuition Reimbursement. The county superintendent MUST sign the completed applicant information page.
  • The county superintendent MUST also complete and sign the “Employing County” section of the Form 36 page to verify your eligibility for tuition reimbursement under the shortage area option if you are applying for reimbursement for shortage area coursework as defined above OR under the renewal area option if you are applying for reimbursement for renewal coursework as defined above.
  • Submit the completed Form 36 application to the Office of Professional Preparation with the following documentation:
    • An official college or university transcript, grade report or grade mailer reflecting a minimum 3.0 GPA earned for the coursework being claimed for reimbursement;
    • An official college or university receipt reflecting a zero balance due for the coursework being claimed for reimbursement;
    • An original, dated and signed, completed and current W-9 tax form

Praxis Tests Passing Scores

http://www.ets.org/praxis/wv/requirements

Listed below are the current passing scores for the required standardized tests.  For a complete listing of all testing requirements by endorsement, refer to the endorsement section in WVBE Policy 5202.

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