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Educator Certification

Information concerning certification requirements is located in WVBoE Policy 5202:

Beginning December 1, 2014, we will no longer accept checks or Money Orders as forms of payment. All payments must be completed online at https://wveis.k12.wv.us/certpayment/.

Please Note: Teachers and other educators who plan to complete WVLearns eLearning courses to meet teacher certification renewal and/or advanced salary options may do so during the following sessions:

Winter 2016: January 6-February 23, 2016
Spring 2016: March 2-April 19, 2016

The Summer 2016 course session has been cancelled due to possible movement of course content to a new course platform. WVLearns eLearning courses will resume during the Fall 2016 session, October 4-November 22, 2016. Additional information may be accessed from https://wvde.state.wv.us/elearning/schedule.php. If you have questions about this, please contact Donna Landin, Coordinator in the Unit of Professional and Personalized Learning at dlandin@k12.wv.us or 304.558.9994.

Due to the large volume of applications received by the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, the estimated time for processing of applications is 90 days.**

A valid email address is required with each application. All communication is conducted electronically.

Please track your application status online at:

New --To pay for certification online using a valid credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa) please visit the online payment page. Payment posting/received does not grant "received" or "pending" status to any application. Application must be received by our office to qualify as "received" or "pending."

Check the accreditation status of an institution prior to enrolling in a class or program. Use the link https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Pending applications are in the process of being coordinator reviewed. Please note processing cannot begin until all required documentation and fully-completed application are received.

Please note: tuition/fee reimbursement applications will be denied if incomplete and applicants must reapply.

  • Please contact the county, college/university, institutional program, community program, RESA or other to inquire as to the documents that have been mailed to our office.
  • Please include an email address on your application, as email is required for all communication.
  • Certificates are no longer printed and mailed. Official certificates are available online as a PDF by visiting the Certification Status Information page.


**Fee reimbursement applications are processed on the fiscal year system and will be processed by the end of    that same fiscal year (June 30).


Alternative Certification
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 rmellace@k12.wv.us or Linda Bragg lnbragg@k12.wv.us in the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure.

Alternative Certification Program Review Board (ACEPPRB) meeting dates:

  • June 14, 2016
  • September 22, 2016

Program proposals for the June 14 review must be submitted online no later than May 14, 2016. Program proposals for the September 22 review must be submitted online via WVEIS-WOW no later than August 22, 2016. For information about the online portal please contact Linda Bragg lnbragg@k12.wv.us.

The deadline to submit a letter of intent to propose a program for the June 14, 2016, review is April 14, 2016, and for the September 22, 2016, review is July 22, 2016. All program documents for review must be submitted online by the designated deadline. Letters of intent may be submitted via email to lnbragg@k12.wv.us. Letters may also be mailed to the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure. For information about the online portal please contact Linda Bragg lnbragg@k12.wv.us.

Teach WV
TeachWV.com guides individuals through the teacher preparation, certification, and employment process in West Virginia. It also describes the Global21 initiative, professional development opportunities, and why living and teaching in West Virginia is such a wonderful opportunity.

Approved Educator Preparation Programs in West Virginia
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.

Downloadable Forms
Download and print applications for certification.

School Board Policies
Minimum requirements for lLicensure 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.

Policy 5100
Policy 5202

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

Reports and Data


Select one of the topics below to submit a question via email to the appropriate coordinator within the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure:

  • Form 1/1A - First Class/Full-time Permit
  • Form 2S and 2L - Short Term or Long Term Substitute Teacher Permit
  • Form 3 - Teacher in Residence
  • Form 4 - Renewal
  • Form 7 - Release of Background Results
  • Form 8 - Additional Endorsement
  • Form 8C - Additional Endorsement Praxis Option
  • Form 9 - Duplicate Certificate / Name Change Request
  • Form 12 - Advanced Salary and NBPTS Salary Suplement
  • Form 19 - Administrative Licensure
  • Form 20A - Initial Teaching License (Out-of-State Applicants)
  • Form 20T - Initial Teaching License (In-State Applicants)
  • Form 23 - Field/Clinical (Applicants Attending and Out-of-State Institution)
  • Form 24 - Clinical Experience Permit
  • Form 24A - Clinical Experince Permit (Changes and additions)
  • Form 25 - Alternative Certification
  • Form 25T - Transition to Teaching
  • Form 26 - Restricted Content Endorsement
  • Form 30 - Advanced Credentials
  • Form 32 - Moving Expenses Reimbursements
  • Form 33 - Student Support Fee Reimbursements
  • Form 35 - Advanced Credentials
  • Form 36 - Tuition Reimbursements
  • Form 37 - NBPTS Fee Reimbursements
  • Form 38 - Temporary Authorizations
  • Form 39 - Coach/AT/LFT Authorization
  • Form 40 - Paraprofessional
  • Form 41 - Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher (ECCAT)
  • Form 42 - Permanent Authorizations
  • Form 43 - Student Support Salary Supplement Initial
  • Form 44 - Student Support Salary Supplement Renewal
  • Form 50 - Community Programs Authorization
  • Form 60 - Educational Interpreter
  • V Forms (7,9,10,14,15,16,17 & 18) - Career and Technical Education
  • Contact Emily Curry for legal inquiries about all forms

For certification-related information not listed above or not on the website, use the
Certification Toll-Free Line: