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


  • Application Fee: $0
  • Educational Work Experience: Completion of a WVBE approved Alternative Certification Program
  • Coursework/Training: Completion of a WVBE approved Alternative Certification Program
  • Credential: Both a valid Alternative Teaching Certificate and Comprehensive Evaluation Report are required for conversion to the Provisional Teaching Certificate
  • Testing: Conversion from the Alternative Teaching Certificate to a Provisional Teaching Certificate requires passing scores on all WVBE-required Praxis exam(s) for the requested endorsement or qualify for exemptions per WVBE Policy 5202
  • Employment Required: Alternative certification requires employment in a WV school district.
  • Official Recommendation: Employing school district superintendent, principal and an additional member of the professional support team.
  • Primary Contact Info: Tabetha Gillespie, 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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