Pathways to Teaching
There are currently four overarching options for individuals to acquire a Provisional (non-transferable) Professional Teaching Certificate.
All licensure pathways require the following:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (IHE) with the minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
- Successful completion of the basic skills, content specialization and professional learning tests as described in the West Virginia Licensure Testing Directory
- Successful completion of state-approved program/coursework
- Qualifying outcome on criminal history checks as defined in WVBE policy.
If you’ve been asking, “How do I become a teacher in West Virginia?” check out these helpful resources, which provide a general overview of our four pathways to becoming an educator and an explanation of the application forms needed for licensure.
Pathways by Education Level
Whether you’re a high school student, a college graduate, a certified teacher from out-of-state, returning to the classroom, or somewhere in between, there is a pathway for you.
Choose the pathway for your education level:
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