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So you want to earn your West Virginia Teacher Certification? Here are the step by step instructions to get started:

Traditional Approach for the West Virginia Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelors degree, then be sure to request more information for your Master’s Degree right away
  2. Teacher Preparations: This will include 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 your 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. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. 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 Application
  6. Call (304) 558-7010

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