Bachelor's Degree or Higher

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education, there are several ways you can become a teacher in West Virginia.

Option 1: Traditional Programs that Lead to Licensure

West Virginia is home to a variety of colleges and universities that offer education preparation programs leading to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or providing coursework required for licensure at the graduate level as part of a post-bachelor’s certification program.

This pathway is perfect for the following:

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Individuals seeking a master’s degree in teaching

Contact your educator preparation program for details on cost and program completion time.

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Option 2: County-Based Alternative Certification Programs

Many West Virginia school districts provide alternative certification programs which may only be used when an area of critical need and shortage exists and allow individuals to teach while they are completing program requirements.

This pathway is perfect for the following:

  • Individuals who want to teach while completing certification

Contact your county for details on cost and program completion time.

Review state-approved county-based alternative certification programs on the Educator Development and Support Services website.

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Option 3: State-Approved Teacher Preparation Coursework

In response to the passage of Senate Bill 14, this new pathway has been created to allow individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and an overall 2.5 GPA to complete coursework pursuant to §§18A-3-2a(a)(1)(C) for receiving a Professional Teaching Certificate.

This pathway is perfect for the following:

  • Individuals who have not yet completed required licensure exams (i.e. Praxis)
  • Individuals who have non-licensure degrees
  • Individuals who have not completed clinical experience
  • Individuals who are looking for a career change
  • Individuals in long-term substitute positions seeking initial certification

Contact your program provider (American Board, iTeach, or Teach Now) for details on cost and program completion time.

Review descriptions of state-approved teacher preparation coursework of Option 3 programs and each program’s approved endorsements on the Educator Development and Support Services website.

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Option 4: WVDE Alternative Certification Programs

This option was designed to provide an accelerated pathway for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and meet minimal qualifications to complete West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)-approved training and coursework options which are substantially aligned to the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards to acquire a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate.

This pathway is perfect for the following:

  • Individuals who have already completed the required licensure exams for basic skills and content (i.e. Praxis)
  • Individuals who have non-licensure degrees
  • Individuals who have not completed clinical experience
  • Individuals who are looking for a career change
  • Individuals in long-term substitute positions seeking initial certification

Review complete details on state-approved WVDE Alternative Certification Programs, and approved coursework options, on the Educator Development and Support Services website. Endorsements for these programs are identified within the West Virginia Licensure Testing Directory.

For more information on cost and completion time, contact any of the following WVDE Alternative Certification Program coursework providers:

After reviewing the resources below, apply for enrollment into the WVDE Alternative Certification Program.

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