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


  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: 3 years
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum 3.0 GPA is required for all semester hour coursework
  • Coursework/Training: 
    • OPTION 1: 12 Clock hours of substitute teacher renewal training, authorized by the employing county or available through the WVDE eLearning platform, prior to issuance of the permit being renewed and within 5 years of application OR
    • OPTION 2: 6 Semester hours of coursework related to the public school program, prior to issuance of the permit being renewed and within 5 years of application OR
    • OPTION 3: Hold a valid WV Professional Teaching Certificate with endorsements in another area.
    • NOTES: The endorsement of Nursing requires endorsement specific training. Elementary Education endorsements additionally require training in reading and literacy.
  • Credential: Valid or Expired WV Short-Term or Long-Term Substitute Permit or expired West Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate or Out-of-State Professional Teaching Certificate that has not been expired for over five years.
  • Testing: No
  • Employment Required: Yes
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent
  • Primary Contact Info: Christina Haymaker, Email:

Electronic Application Instructions:

Step 1: If you have never held or been issued a license/certificate from the WVDE, you are considered to be a first-time applicant and you must follow these directions for first time applicants before initiating an electronic application.

Step 2: If this is your first time submitting an electronic application through the WVDE Certification Portal, you will need to register. As part of the registration process, you will be prompted to either use an existing webtop account if you have been employed in the West Virginia school system or register to create a webtop login.

Step 3: Once you have completed the registration process and have a webtop account, you may submit an electronic application.

Step 4: Depending on your employment status with a WV educational system, or if institutional verification is required, you may be able to proceed to payment at this time. If your application requires county/institutional approval, you will receive an email notification once it is completed so that you may proceed to pay for your application.

Step 5: When the application is ready for payment, you will receive an e-mail notification with instructions for online payment. Applications will not be processed by the Office of Certification until the online payment has been processed. Applicants may follow and review the status of their application via the certification portal.

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