Summary of Application Requirements

Review WVBE Policy 5202 and Certifications for complete requirements

Initial Application

  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: 1 year
  • General Requirements: US Citizen or hold eligible documentation (see WVBE Policy 5202); good character, age 18
  • Education Level: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (Regionally accredited IHE);
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum Overall Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Coursework/Training:  Possesses an expired out‑of-state certificate issued without restrictions equivalent to a West Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate
  • Testing: No
  • Employment Required: Yes.
  • Official Recommendation: County Superintendent.
  • 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 the Office of Certification.
  • Primary Contact Info: Brad Fittro, Email:


  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: 1 Year (Renewable up to 2 times for a total of 3 years)
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum 3.0 GPA for all required coursework
  • Evaluations:  Obtain successful evaluations for each year taught under the Temporary Certificate within the West Virginia Educator Evaluation System with an earned performance rating of Emerging or above
  • Credential: Renewable Temporary Teaching Certificate
  • Testing: No.
  • Employment Required: Yes.
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent
  • Primary Contact Info: Brad A. Fittro, 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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