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These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of West Virginia. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

Traditional Approach for the West Virginia Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This includes teacher prep courses, student teaching and other types of internships. In order to receive a West Virginia Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Pass the following exams:
    1. Praxis I
    2. Praxis II
  4. Order fingerprint cards from the stmward@access.k12.wv.us and complete a background check by filing out Form 7.
  5. Complete Form B (unless you're employed by the West Virginia School District).
  6. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Application fees payable to West Virginia Dept. of Education
    • Mail to:
      West Virginia Department of Education
      Office of Professional Preparation
      Building 6, Room 252
      1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
      Charleston, WV 25305
      (304) 558-7010
  7. Do you want to renew your West Virginia Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for a West Virginia Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can still teach in West Virginia before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Be employed by West Virginia School District.
  3. Pass the following exams:
    1. Praxis I
    2. Praxis II
  4. Order fingerprint cards from the stmward@access.k12.wv.us and complete a background check by filing out Form 7.
  5. Complete this application.
  6. Call (304) 558-7010.

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. West Virginia Department of Education, https://wvde.us/
  3. First Time Applicants for Certification, West Virginia Department of Education, http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/firstime.html
  4. Applications for Licensure in West Virginia, West Virginia Department of Education, http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/
  5. Educator Certification, West Virginia Department of Education, http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/

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