TIS Advanced Credential Process
The Advanced Credential endorsed as Technology Integration Specialist is identified in section 126-136-21.4.1 of Policy 5202. The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of satisfying the following criteria:
(a) Degree. - Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree; AND
(b) Valid Certificate. - Hold a valid West Virginia Professional Certificate or ABE certification; AND
(c) Professional Development. - Completion of 40 days (320 clock hours) of professional development credit related to technology integration programs offered or approved by the WVDE during the 16 month cohort period; AND
(d) Recommendation of the Superintendent - Receive the recommendation of the county superintendent in the county in which the applicant is employed.
As a convience, payment can now be electronically submitted for all forms using the Certification Payment System. Checks are to be made out to the Office of Professional Preparation.
A Temporary Authorization will be awarded to any individual for whom having the TIS credential is required for their position. Individuals applying for the Temporary Authorization should 1) have never held a TIS credential and 2) be enrolled or plan to enroll in the next available cohort. A second Temporary Authoriaztion will only be approved for those with extenuating circumstances.
To apply for a Temporary Authorization complete Form 38 and return it along with payment to the WVDE at the address provided on the form.
Initial TIS Authorization
Advanced Credentials are awarded to educators for completing 320 hours of professional development, coursework, and/or testing that exceeds the requirements for a professional certificate. Endorsements identified as Advanced Credentials have unique and specific requirements for the initial issuance and subsequent renewal. Advanced Credentials may be required for employment. The Advanced Credential endorsed for Technology Integration Specialist is valid for one school year, July 1 to June 30. Once given notice of completion of the TIS course, candidates will use Form 30 to apply for their initial TIS credential. Application fees apply and are listed on the form.
Renewal of TIS Authorization
Credentialed TIS must complete 40 hours of professional development related to technology integration and 21st century teaching and learning prior to June 30. This PD can be recieved via both face-to-face and online formats. Participants may are expected to collect all verification documents and submit them with Form 30 along with the required application fees. Verification can be in the form of a completion certificate that lists the number of hours, summaries of webinars, conference attendance verification, etc. If a TIS candidate has questions, they may contact Lori Whitt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Permanent Authorization will be awarded on the 3rd consecutive renewal of the TIS credential. See the chart below. Use Form 30.