West Virginia

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The state of West Virginia employs only one standard certificate for qualified teachers, the Professional Teaching Certificate. The Professional Teaching Certificate is issued to an individual to work in WV public schools who has attended an in-state institution’s state approved teacher preparation program. Out-of-state applicants are typically issued an out-of-state equivalent of the Professional Teaching Certificate. Depending on experience and qualifications, Professional Teaching Certificate can be renewed on a 5-year basis or become a Permanent Certificate. Advanced Credentials are awarded to educators for completing professional development, coursework, and/or testing which exceeds the requirements of a professional certificate. For additional information about certification, consult the TeachWV.com website managed by the Office of Educator Development & Support, which provides support to current and prospective educators as they navigate licensure pathways and become leaders within the state’s public-school systems.


Web site: https://wvde.us/certification/certification-info

Contact name: West Virginia Department of Education

Contact phone number: 1-800-982-2378

Contact email: [email protected]

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This website displays lists that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialing programs that fit your needs. You can view a list of programs by institution and a list of programs by endorsement. These lists display all credentialing programs (including those that are not specifically for world language teaching). The state may periodically change these lists. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from these approved lists to receive credentials in the state of West Virginia.  https://wvde.us/educator-development-and-support/preparation/state-approved-programs/

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