Welcome to the Office of Certification’s application forms website. Below you will find a list of applications which may be sorted and searched for your convenience. Select “Instructions” under the application information category to review a detailed summary of requirements and information about each application and its processing. It is important to understand that while application requirement summaries are provided for your convenience, the summary information does not supersede authority and criterion of WVBE Policy and WV State Code. Access WVBE Policy at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/ and WV State Code at http://code.wvlegislature.gov/.

  • Due to the large volume of applications our office receives, the estimated time for processing of applications may be up to 90 days.
  • You may track the progress of your application and review or print your certificate electronically using the Certification Check Website.
  • All processing fees are non-refundable and applicants must follow the appropriately identified method of online payment. Cash is not accepted.
  • All paper application forms require original signatures. Electronic application forms are signed electronically. Copied and faxed documents may not be accepted for licensure.
Name of License/ApplicationCategoryBrief DescriptionApplication FormApplication InformationType
First-Class/Full-Time Permit for Professional Teaching, Student Support Personnel and AdministratorsTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorsThis permit may be issued to an individual who does not meet the requirements for the Professional Teaching Certificate, Student Support Certificate, or Administrative Certificate, but is enrolled in a state-approved educator preparation program and has been determined by the county superintendent to be the most qualified applicant for the position.Form 1/1AInstructions


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Short-Term Substitute Permit Teacher The permit allows individuals to substitute teach for a period of up to 30 days.Form 2S Instructions

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Long-Term Substitute PermitTeacher, Support StaffThe permit allows individuals to substitute for a period of more than 30 days.Form 2LInstructions

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Teacher-In-Residence PermitTeacherThis permit allows individuals to teach in an area of critical need and shortage while finishing their state-approved teacher preparation program as part of a WVBE approved agreement between an institution of higher education and a WV public school district.Form 3 Instructions

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Professional Teaching CertificateTeacherRequest renewal of your Professional Teaching Certificate, obtain a Five-Year or Permanent CertificateForm 4TInstructionsOnline
Professional Student Support CertificateSupport StaffRequest renewal of your Professional Student Support License, obtain a Five-Year or Permanent CertificateForm 4SInstructionsOnline
Professional Administrative CertificateAdministratorRequest renewal of your Professional Administrative License or obtain a Permanent CertificateForm 4AInstructionsOnline
Non United States Citizen Teaching PermitTeacherRenewal of a permit issued to an individual who is not a United States Citizen, to work in the public schools of West Virginia as a teacher in the classroom.Form 4NTInstructionsOnline
Non United States Citizen Student Support PermitSupport StaffRenewal of a permit issued to an individual who is not a United States Citizen, to work in public schools of West Virginia as a School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Nurse or Social Service and Attendance Director.Form 4NSInstructionsOnline
Non United States Citizen Administrative PermitAdministratorRenewal of a certificate issued to an individual who is not a United States citizen in order to work in public schools of West Virginia as a Principal, Supervisor, and/or Superintendent.Form 4NAInstructionsOnline
Character Reference FormMiscellaneousA form used to verify character of the applicant.Form 4BInstructionsPaper
Authorization for Temporary Driver Education TeacherTeacherAn authorization which allows an individual to instruct students in the operation of motor vehicles.Form 5Instructions

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Authorization for Temporary Driver Education TeacherTeacherRenewal of an authorization which allows an individual to instruct students in the operation of motor vehicles.Form 5RInstructions

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Release of Background Check InformationMiscellaneousA completed and notarized form 7 must accompany ALL initial applications from first-time applicants.Form 7InstructionsPaper
Adding an Endorsement on the Professional Teaching CertificateTeacherAdding an endorsement to a valid WV Professional Teaching Certificate, following completion of coursework at a regionally-accredited college/university or by possession of an additional endorsement on a valid, renewable, and equivalent out-of-state teaching license. Form 8InstructionsPaper
Adding an Endorsement on the Professional Teaching Certificate with Passing Praxis Scores (Based on Content Proficiency)TeacherAdding an endorsement to a valid WV Professional Teaching Certificate upon submission of passing score(s) on WVBE required content area test(s). Form 8CInstructionsPaper
Duplicate Certificate and Name-Change Request FormMiscellaneousDuplicate Certificate and Name-Change Form 9Instructions

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Professional Certificate Degree/Advanced Salary Classifications and/or NBPTS Salary SupplementTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorAdvanced salary/advanced degree recognition is limited to professional teaching, student support, or administrative certification or equivalents. Additionally, teachers may use this form to apply for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Salary Supplement.Form 12Instructions

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Conversion from a Provisional Administrative Certificate to an Initial Professional Administrative CertificateAdministratorCertificate issued to an individual to work in public schools of WV as a Principal, Supervisor, and/or Superintendent.Form 19CInstructions

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Professional Administrative Certificate or Provisional Administrative CertificateAdministratorCertificate issued to an individual to work in public schools of WV as a Principal, Supervisor, and/or Superintendent.Form 19 InstructionsOnline
Professional Administrative Certificate (Reciprocity from Out-of-State)AdministratorCertificate issued to an individual to work in public schools of WV as a Principal, Supervisor, and/or Superintendent.Form 19RInstructionsOnline
Professional Administrative Certificate (Out-of-State)AdministratorCertificate issued to an individual who attends an out-of-state institution of higher education to work in public schools of WV as a Principal, Supervisor, and/or Superintendent.Form 19AInstructionsOnline
Professional Teaching Certificate (Out-Of-State)TeacherCertificate issued to an individual to work in a WV public school who has attended an out-of-state institution's state approved teacher preparation program.Form 20AInstructionsOnline
Professional Teaching Certificate (Reciprocity from Out-of-State)TeacherCertificate issued to an individual to work in a WV public school who holds a valid out-of-state professional teaching certificate as a Principal, Supervisor, and/or Superintendent.Form 20RInstructionsOnline
Statement of EligibilityTeacherA statement which allows qualifying individuals with an expired out-of-state professional teaching license (valid within the last five years) to seek employment in a WV public school district within approved endorsement area(s). Upon securing employment in a WV public school district, individuals with a WV Statement of Eligibility may be issued a WV Provisional Teaching Certificate.Form 20EInstructions

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Professional Student Support Certificate (Out-of-State)Support StaffCertificate issued based upon completion of an out-of-state program to become a School Counselor, School Nurse, School Psychologist or Social Services and Attendance Director working in WV public schools.Form 20SAInstructionsOnline
Student Support Certificate (Reciprocity from 0ut-of-State)Support StaffCertificate issued based upon out-of-state reciprocity requirements to become a School Counselor, School Nurse, School Psychologist or Social Services and Attendance Director to be employed in WV public schools.Form 20SRInstructionsOnline
Student Support CertificateSupport StaffCertificate issued to become a School Counselor, School Nurse, School Psychologist or Social Services and Attendance Director to be employed in WV public schools.Form 20SInstructionsOnline
Provisional Teaching CertificateTeacherCertificate issued to an individual who has successfully met all requirements for completion of a WVBE approved Alternative Certification Program OR receives employment in a WV public school as a result of holding a valid WV Statement of Eligibility.Form 20PInstructions

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Provisional Teaching CertificateTeacherRenewal of a certificate issued to an individual who has successfully met all requirements for completion of a WVBE approved Alternative Certification Program OR receives employment in a West Virginia public school as a result of holding a valid WV Statement of Eligibility. Renewal allows additional time for meeting conversion criteria of the Professional Teaching Certificate (Form 20C). Form 20PRInstructions

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Professional Teaching Certificate (Conversion)TeacherConversion from a Provisional Teaching Certificate to a Professional Teaching CertificateForm 20CInstructions

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Professional Teaching CertificateTeacherCertificate issued to an individual to work as a teacher in a public school, who has attended a WVBE approved teacher preparation program in WV. Form 20TInstructionsOnline
Out-of-State/Non-WV IHE Field Experience Occuring in WVTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorRequest for an observation or clinical experience in a WV public school from an out of state institution of higher education.Form 23Instructions

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Clinical Experience PermitTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorThis permit must be issued prior to participation in a clinical experience within WV public schools for the identified validity period. The permit includes clinical experiences for teachers, administrators and student support personnel.Form 24Instructions

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Clinical Experience PermitTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorThis version of the Clinical Experience Permit application is used for renewal, experience(s) in an additional school district or for a change of placement. This permit must be issued prior to participation in a clinical experience within WV public school for the identified validity period. The permit includes clinical experiences for teachers, administrators and student support personnel. Form 24AInstructions

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WV IHE Requesting an Out-of-State Clinical Experience PlacementTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorThis application is submitted prior to participation in an out-of-state clinical experience, when attending a WVBE approved program for the preparation of teachers, administrators or service personnel.Form 24BInstructions

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Alternative Teaching CertificateTeacherThe Alternative Teaching Certificate allows individuals to teach in an area of critical need and shortage in a WV public school district by authorizing enrollment into a WVBE approved alternative certification program.Form 25Instructions

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Comprehensive Evaluation ReportTeacherApplication required upon completion of a WVBE approved Alternative Certification Program.Form 25CInstructions

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Alternative Teaching Certificate TeacherRenewal of a certificate allowing individuals to teach in an area of critical need and shortage in a WV public school district through enrollment in a WVBE approved alternative certification program.Form 25RInstructions

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Advanced CredentialsTeacherAdvanced Credentials are awarded to educators for completing professional development, coursework, and/or testing which exceeds the requirements of a professional certificate.Form 30Instructions

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ASHA, NBCC, WVBEC, NASP, or NBCSN Fee ReimbursementSupport StaffThis fee reimbursement is allowable only for professional school speech-language pathologists, audiologists, counselors, psychologists, and nurses who are employed in WV public schools and hold or are working toward an appropriate national board certification, as identified in WV State Code.Form 33Instructions
State Tuition ReimbursementTeacher State tuition reimbursement for professional educators for coursework in a verified county shortage area (currently limited to 15 hours of coursework)Form 36InstructionsPaper
NBPTS Fee ReimbursementTeacherNBPTS fee reimbursement is allowable only for teachers who are employed in WV public schools and hold or are working to acquire National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification.Form 37InstructionsPaper
Temporary AuthorizationsTeacher, Support StaffAuthorizations may be issued to an individual who is assigned to a position for which a specialization related to public school instruction or a public school program does not exist on the Professional or Career and Technical Education Certificate.Form 38Instructions

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Coach, Athletic Trainer, Limited Football Trainer AuthorizationsCoach, Athletic Trainer, Limited Football TrainersAuthorizations may be issued to an individual hired and assigned to these positions by a WV school system.Form 39InstructionsOnline
Permanent Paraprofessional CertificateParaprofessionalThe Paraprofessional Certificate entitles the holder to serve in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating the instruction and direct or indirect supervision of pupils under the supervision of a professional educator.Form 40Instructions

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Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher AuthorizationEarly Childhood Classroom Assistant TeacherAuthorizations may be issued to an individual hired and assigned to these positions by a WV school system.Form 41Instructions

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Salary Supplement for ASHA, NBCC, WVBEC, NASP or NBCSN Board CertificationSupport StaffThis salary supplement is allowable only for school speech-language pathologists, audiologists, counselors, psychologists, and nurses who are employed in WV public schools and hold an appropriate national board certification as identified in State Code.Form 43Instructions
Salary Supplement for ASHA, NBCC, WVBEC, NASP or NBCSN Board CertificationSupport StaffSalary supplement renewal is allowable only for school speech-language pathologists, audiologists, counselors, psychologists, and nurses who are employed in WV public schools and hold an appropriate national board certification as identified in State Code.Form 44Instructions

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Community Program AuthorizationTeacherThis authorization is issued to an individual who is employed as the lead teacher in a collaborative Pre-K setting.Form 50Instructions

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Paraprofessional Educational Interpreter CertificateParaprofessionalThe Paraprofessional Educational Interpreter Certificate entitles the holder to serve in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating the instruction and direct or indirect supervision of pupils who require sign language interpreter services under the supervision of a professional educator.Form 60Instructions

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Non-United States Citizen Permit Conversions for Initial Professional CertificateTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorConvert a Non United States Citizen Permit to an Initial Professional Certificate for Teaching, Administration or Student Support.Form 65Instructions

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Career and Technical Education Certificate (Out of State)TeacherOut of state applicants use this form when applying for a Career and Technical Education Certificate, to work as a career and technical education teacher in a public school in WV.Form V7AInstructions

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Career and Technical Education CertificateTeacherCertificate issued to an individual to work as a career and technical education teacher in a public school in WV.Form V7Instructions

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Career and Technical Education CertificateTeacherA renewal of the certificate issued to an individual to work as a career and technical education teacher in a public school in WV.Form V7RInstructions

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First Class Full Time Permit or Career and Technical Education Substitute Permit for Career and Technical EducationTeacherThe First Class Full Time CTE Permit is issued to an individual to work as a career and technical education teacher in a public school in WV if the applicant has not completed a CTE teaching program. This form requires commitment to enroll in, and complete, the WVBE approved career and technical education program while teaching. This form also allows for Career and Technical Education Substitute Permits for individuals to work as a career and technical education substitute teacher in a public school in WV.Form V9Instructions

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Verification of Wage Earning/Work ExperienceTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorUse this form to verify wage earning/work experience required for career & technical education licensure and alternative certification. This form requires a public notary’s signature and stamp.Form V10N/APaper
Advanced Vocational Salary Classifications for the Career and Technical Education CertificateTeacherAdvanced vocational salary classifications, as recognized on a valid Career and Technical Education Certificate.Form V14Instructions

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Adult License for Adult EducationTeacherA license issued to an individual teaching Adult (basic) Education content to adults.Form V15Instructions

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Adult Permit Endorsed for Areas of Career and Technical EducationTeacherA permit issued to individuals teaching career and technical education content to adults.Form V17Instructions

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Adult Permit Endorsed for Emergency Medical Services and Fire ServiceTeacherA permit issued to individuals teaching EMS or fire service content to adults.Form V18Instructions

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Career and Technical Education Permanent Advanced CredentialTeacherPermanent Advanced Credentials may be issued to individuals with a Professional Teaching Certificate or a Career and Technical Education Certificate, teaching career and technical education content areas identified in WVBE Policy 5202 and the Career and Technical Education Endorsements and Testing Manual on the WVDE website.Form V35Instructions

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Permanent AuthorizationsTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorPermanent authorizations used for grade level modifications; also the Math I AuthorizationForm 42Instructions

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Verification of Successful Completion of Student Teaching Experience Form Teacher, Support Staff, AdministratorUsed by school districts to allow qualifying individuals to substitute teach under the Clinical Experience Permit for the remainder of a school year, once a student teaching experience is successfully completed.N/AN/APaper
Autism Field Experience Verification FormTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorUse this form to verify 30 hours of field experience completed in an Autism classroom with Autism students.N/AN/APaper
Other Autism Field Experience Verification Form Teacher, Support Staff, AdministratorUse this form when completing the six hours of coursework in Autism at an out-of-state institution of higher education.N/AN/APaper
County ChangeTeacher, Support Staff, AdministratorUse this form to update the county of employment on file with the WVDE for an educator who transferred to your county.N/AN/APaper
Release of InformationMiscellaneousUse this form and follow the instructions to request a copy of documentation that you submitted as part of your previous application(s) to the Office of Certification.N/AInstructions

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