West Virginia educators are provided with a variety of ways to mature professionally as they strive to enhance their student support skills. As they advance, it will become necessary to renew licensure and understand educator evaluations. The West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards set the mark for what our educators are expected to know and be able to do in the classroom. Qualifying individuals may use state tuition reimbursement to pursue additional endorsement areas on a professional certificate. The math4life initiative assists teachers in preparing to take WVBE required Praxis exams for mathematics endorsements. The e-Learning initiative for educators is designed to bridge the barriers of time, distance, and inequities for all West Virginia teachers by providing access to excellent web-based professional development opportunities. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards further challenges and incentivizes elevating the level of instruction that our students receive from their teachers. ReClaimWV supports our educators in meeting the basic neurological, biological, psychological, and social emotional needs of our students. Explore the menu below to review each of these topics in detail.
If you are a West Virginia educator or school staff member with a valid license from the Office of Certification, it is important to review the most up-to-date and complete WVBE Policy 5202 renewal criteria in advance of the license’s expiration, as found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/. If you are a teacher who holds a valid or expired West Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate or West Virginia Career and Technical Education Certificate, you may find the following guidance documents helpful, as they summarize renewal criteria of each certificate.
- Learn about the renewal of the Professional Teaching Certificate – View PDF
- Learn about the renewal of the Career and Technical Education Certificate – View PDF
If you are renewing another license and would like to access complete licensure requirements, please review WVBE Policy 5202 at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/.
State Tuition Reimbursement
Under the guidelines of West Virginia Code §18A-3-3a, and also West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5202, §126-136-23.1, state tuition reimbursement for educators is available on a first-come, first-served, limited basis for those taking coursework in a verified critical shortage area, as verified by the county of employment. Coursework for those required to complete renewal hours for professional teaching, student support, or administrative license renewal is also available under the renewal area option. However, please note that coursework completed in a verified critical shortage area has been made a legislative priority.
23.1. Tuition Reimbursement for License Renewal or Shortage Areas.
23.1.1. Criteria. — As stated in W. Va. Code §18A-3-3a, an educator applying for tuition reimbursement must meet the following criteria: 1) holds either a valid West Virginia Certificate or First Class Permit for full-time employment and is seeking an additional endorsement in a shortage area, and either resides in the state or is employed regularly for instructional purposes in a public school in the state; or 2) is seeking certification renewal, and has a continuing contract with a county board.
23.1.2. Limitations. — Reimbursement is limited to the cost of tuition, registration and other required course fees only for appropriate college or university coursework used for license renewal or for an additional endorsement in a verified shortage subject area. Reimbursement for an educator who has prior approval to attend an out-of-state institution of higher education as described in W. Va. Code §18A-3-3a(d)(2), or a private institution of higher education may not exceed the amount of the highest corresponding tuition charged at a West Virginia state-supported college or university. Reimbursement for courses completed in a verified critical shortage area is limited to 15 semester hours of coursework for any educator. The educator must have completed the appropriate college or university coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Reimbursement Schedule. — The WVDE shall make the reimbursement for courses completed in an area of critical shortage a priority.
A Form 36 application for tuition reimbursement must be received by the WVDE no later than June 15 of the year for coursework completed during that same fiscal year. Each fiscal year begins on July 1. Form 36 applications submitted for prior fiscal year coursework will be rejected for log-in and returned to the applicant. To apply: Immediately after completing appropriate coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA, a completed Form 36 application for tuition reimbursement, should be submitted. The county of employment must also complete and sign the Form 36 application to verify appropriate employment and eligibility for state tuition reimbursement under the appropriate option.
State tuition reimbursement is made at the allowable WV public tuition reimbursement rate.
All tuition reimbursement application results for Form 36 applications accepted for log-in are verified as approved or denied online only. Reimbursement status (pending, approved, or denied) may be viewed through the certification check site for an applicant, and through the “Reimbursements — View Details” link. An email notification will be generated when the Form 36 application has been processed.
All checks or direct deposits for any state-approved amount listed for an approved Form 36 reimbursement application will be provided through the employing county. Upon a Form 36 application approval, please contact the county payroll office/CSBO, or county certification specialist concerning exactly when the employing county will provide the reimbursement check or direct deposit for the approved amount.
Incomplete Form 36 applications received by the WVDE are denied, and a new Form 36 application must be submitted to re-apply.
If all state funds for tuition reimbursement are expended by the time the Form 36 application is reviewed in order by date received and an Out of Funds denial is issued for the application, an applicant may choose to apply at that time to the employing county for possible reimbursement through county funds or through the county’s Title I, Title II, or Title III federal program funds, where available.
Professional Teaching Standards
To review the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards: Professional Teaching Standards
The West Virginia Department of Education Professional and Personalized e-Learning for Educator’s program permits West Virginia educators to engage in professional learning courses and activities during times of their own choosing. To access the E-Learning website, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/elearning/.
National Board Certification
The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) National Board Certification (NBC) Support Program is an in-depth professional learning opportunity that allows participants to review and better understand the complete NBC standards and process. It exposes teachers to the process as well as the rigor, challenge and commitment the process entails. The Department’s NBC PL, which begins in the summer and continues throughout the school year, offers:
- Structured and sustained support
- One-on-One support provided by expert NBC mentor or cohort support group
To access a printable version of the National Board Certification Process – please visit this link: https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NBCT-Flyer-Summer-2019-Final.pdf.
The NBC Process
The National Board Certification program includes four certification components that can be completed over a three-year period. All candidates participating in this support program will be working on and receiving support for components 2 and 3.
- Component 1: Content Knowledge Assessment – computer-based assessment
- Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction – samples of student work and an accompanying written commentary
- Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning – classroom-based portfolio entry that requires video recording(s) of interactions between you and your students. A written commentary in which you describe, analyze and reflect on your teaching and interactions will also be submitted.
- Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioners – evidence of your impact across your professional responsibilities as an educator including your students, peers, and community
National Board Certification Awareness and Support – Northern Session
This session serves as an introduction to the NBC process with detailed information about the expectations and commitment required.
National Board Certification Awareness and Support – Southern Session
This session supports educators pursuing NBC. It provides insight and strategies on the process to help educators to be more successful.
National Board Certification Renewal
This session supports educators who are looking to renew their National Board Certification. The session will provide valuable information about the renewal process from logistics and time lines to rubrics and guidelines for successfully renewing National Board Certification.
Date: October 10, 2019
Session Location: Charleston Town Center Marriott 200 Lee Street East Charleston, WV 25301 (304) 345-6500
Registration Link: Registration for this session has closed. Please contact Brooke Green at email@example.com for more information.
To access information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process, please visit https://www.nbpts.org/.
As you become employed as an educator, it is important to understand how West Virginia educators are evaluated as part of public school systems statewide. The Office of Leadership and System Support provides resources that assist those involved in educator evaluations with understanding the timelines, rating scales, rubrics and support plans associated with the process. Please review these resources to gain understanding and insight into a process that every educator experiences during the course of their professional careers.
math4life is a systemic initiative that incorporates central office staff, administrators, teachers, parents and community members working together in addressing mathematics content, pedagogy, critical thinking, leadership, student engagement, family involvement and community awareness. The math4life website and E-Learning website include links to online modules for math content, which assist teachers in preparing to take WVBE required Praxis exams for the various math endorsements recognized on West Virginia Professional Teaching Certificates. Visit the math4life website for complete details.
The West Virginia Public School System is on the frontline with teachers and school personnel often serving as the first responders to students who need their basic neurological, biological, psychological, and social emotional needs met. Supporting these students is a priority of our school system to ensure our children can continue to grow and thrive as they navigate the challenges they face. ReClaimWV is an initiative that seeks to advance wellness and resilience in students to equip them to become lifelong learners and achieve personal success. The ReClaimWV initiative includes a website as a comprehensive guide to the various resources which assist community leaders, educators and parents in making a positive impact on the well-being of children across the state. Be sure to review their Toolkit for connecting social-emotional and mental health supports to the opioid epidemic and access information about the wide variety of available resources that are geared toward combatting this and other issues that are negatively impacting students.