Summary of Application Requirements: (Review WVBE Policy 5202 and the certification website for complete requirements)


  • Application Fee: $50
  • Payment link:
  • General Requirements: US Citizen or hold eligible documentation (see WVBE Policy 5202); Advanced degree recognition and advanced salary levels include: BA, BA15, MA, MA15, MA30, MA45, and Doctorate level; NBPTS salary supplement includes initial and renewals
  • Education Level: Dependent upon certification held
  • Grade Point Average: Passing grades required
  • Educational Work Experience: No
  • Coursework/Training: For advanced salary/advanced degree purposes, all coursework must be reflected on an official transcript of an appropriately-accredited college or university; for salary supplement purposes, a current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards board certificate must be held.
  • Credential: Valid WV professional teaching, student support, or administrative certificate or equivalent
  • Employment Required: Employment is only required for those applying for a NBPTS salary supplement
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent or Form 4B for salary; salary supplement requires a superintendent recommendation
  • Official Transcripts (when applicable): To send official transcripts to our office electronically, please have those sent to If you select to send them electronically, they must be sent directly from the institution to our office to the aforementioned email address.
  • Primary Contact Info: Julie Morris, Email:

Paper Application Instructions:

Paper Application Instructions:

Paper Application Instructions (only for those not available electronically):

Step 1: Download Application Form from the Application Forms Website.

Step 2: Print the paper application(s) and complete all required applicant information fields. Correspond with necessary entities (ex. school district, institutions of higher education, etc.) to acquire all required information and signatures for completion of the application.

Step 3: Payment for paper applications should be completed online prior to submitting an application to Office of Certification. Pay for paper applications at If employment within the West Virginia educational system is required for the license/certificate you seek, please verify with your employer that the application has been completed correctly before submitting an online payment.

Step 4: Submit the paper application for processing with all required supportive documentation (ex. official transcripts, etc.) to the Office of Certification. Pease mail to the following address:

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Certification Services
Building 6, Suite 550
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330

Note: If you are employed within a West Virginia educational system, the application must be uploaded by the employer’s human resources office.

Step 5: If you are a first-time applicant for licensure (have never held a license/certificate issued by the WVDE), you will receive an email with a service code to make your background check appointment once the application is received by our office. You will need to follow these directions for first-time applicants. (*Note: This requirement does not apply to Forms 23 and 24B.*

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