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Out of State Applicants Reciprocity Guidelines

Under W. Va. Code §18A-3-1 and as defined in WV Policy 5202 §126-136-16, out of state applicants seeking initial licensure in the state of West Virginia, based on reciprocity, are required to meet EACH of the following:

  • hold a valid teaching certificate or a certificate of eligibility issued by another state,
  • have graduated from a state-approved educator preparation program* at a regionally accredited institution of higher education; AND
  • have successfully completed a student teaching experience or equivalent in the state in which the approved program was completed.

*send an official, seal-bearing transcript from the institution where the teacher preparation program was completed.