Alternative Teaching Certificate (WV)

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Alternative Teaching Certificate (WV)

This Alternative Teaching Certificate route is for those who have not gone through a traditional teacher program.
Certificate Valid for 1 year
Employment: Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: West Virginia
Contact Name: Office of Professional Preparation
Contact Phone: 304-558-7010
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from the Praxis Core:
1) Masters degree
2) ACT or SAT exams, see WV BoE for score limits.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:

Course needed: Applicant must enroll in an 18 semester hour WVBE-approved alternative route to certification program..

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish applicants may take the ACTFL OPI, WPT.

There is no Praxis for ASL: An applicant who holds valid certification through the American Sign Language Teaching Association or valid National Interpreter Certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is not required to satisfy the Sign Language Proficiency Inventory: ASL or the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (Gallaudet University) requirement.

WVBE will examine transcripts/experience for completion of content language with no assigned Praxis test.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: School District
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation
Building 6, Room 722
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Confirmation of Mentor
Offered applicant employment in shortage area

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Renewable
Use Form 25 to renewal alternative certificate located at
Renewable 2 times

For first renewal: Complete the a beginning teacher internship program unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption and compete at least six hours of the required 18 hours of the alternative program. For second renewal: Complete the minimum of an additional six semester hours, for a total of 12 semester hours of alternative program.

Use Form 25 to apply.

Fingerprint fee: $47.25 – do not add to application

All payments must be completed online at
First time applicants must complete a background check. Use Form 7.

International applicants must have transcripts evaluated by a credential service such as:
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRO)


Academic and Credential Records, Evaluation and verification Service (ACREVS).

For more information about transcript evaluation services contact the WV Office of Professional Preparation.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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