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

 

  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:  https://wveis.k12.wv.us/certpayment/
  • Validity Period: 1 year and shall expire on June 30 and may be renewed one time. The two years under the Restricted First-Class/Full-Time Permit are part of the total five (5) year allowance of a First-Class/Full-Time Permit.
  • General Requirements: US Citizen, good character, age 18
  • Education Level: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (Regionally accredited IHE); However, school nurses may hold a nursing diploma or associate’s degree in nursing and hold a valid registered nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners (the applicant shall complete a bachelor of science in nursing from an accredited institution within five years).
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum Overall Cumulative GPA below 2.5
  • Coursework/Training: Completed 25% or six semester hours, whichever is greater, of the state approved program in the specialization(s) for which the permit is requested.  For the endorsement area of school psychologist, completed 75% of the state approved program in the specialization for which the permit is requested. Signature of the Designated Institutional Official, verifying the applicant’s enrollment in the state approved program, is required.
  • Testing: No
  • Employment Required: Yes. the vacancy must have been posted with no certified individuals making application and an offer of employment must be made.
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent
  • Official Transcripts (when applicable): To send official transcripts to our office electronically, please have those sent to cert.transcripts.wvde@k12.wv.us. If you select to send them electronically, they must be sent directly from the institution to the Office of Certification.
  • Primary Contact Info: Brad Fittro, Email: bfittro@k12.wv.us
  • Payment link:  https://wveis.k12.wv.us/certpayment/
  • Validity Period: 1 Year (Renewable up to 4 times for a total of 5 years)
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum 3.0 GPA for all required coursework
    • Exception: The Restricted First-Class/Full-Time Permit for Professional Teaching and Student Support Personnel shall be valid for one school year and shall expire on June 30 and may be renewed one time. The two years under the Restricted First-Class/Full-Time Permit are part of the total five (5) year allowance of a First-Class/Full-Time Permit.
  • Coursework/Training: Completion of six semester hours of required coursework from or approved by the accredited IHE where the applicant is completing the approved licensure program reflecting a minimum 3.0 GPA within the IHE towards the approved program or BSN degree requirement;
  • Credential: Valid or expired WV First-Class/Full-Time Permit, renewing for continued employment in the current position
  • Testing: None
  • Employment Required: Yes
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent
  • Official Transcripts (when applicable): To send official transcripts to our office electronically, please have those sent to cert.transcripts.wvde@k12.wv.us. If you select to send them electronically, they must be sent directly from the institution to the Office of Certification.
  • Primary Contact Info: Brad A. Fittro, Email: bfittro@k12.wv.us

Grade Point Average: In order to obtain a non-restricted First-Class/Full-Time Permit an applicant shall meet the minimum GPA requirement as per WVBE Policy.

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 https://wveis.k12.wv.us/certpayment/. 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: To submit the paper application for processing with all required supportive documentation (ex. official transcripts, etc.) to the Office of Certification, please mail to the following address:

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Certification
Building 6, Room 262
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305

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

Step 5: Once the application is received by our office, you will receive an email with a service code to make your background check appointment if you are a first-time applicant for licensure. If you are a first-time applicant for licensure, 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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