Summary of Application Requirements

Review WVBE Policy 5202 and Certifications for complete requirements


  • Application Fee: $50
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: Permanent
  • General Requirements: US Citizen or hold eligible documentation (see WVBE Policy 5202); Must pass the state aide competency test, must complete 36 semester hours of coursework from an accredited university, as specified in Policy 5202.
  • Education Level: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Educational Work Experience: Although not required for approval, two years of educational work experience with supervision by a licensed professional may replace classroom management and/or special education credit hours. See WVBE Policy 5202 for complete details.
  • Coursework/Training: As required by Policy 5202- 36 specific semester hours of coursework from an accredited university are required
  • Credential: If a valid or expired WV professional teaching certificate OR an equivalent and valid or expired out-of-state professional teaching license is held by the applicant, these may be accepted as verification of all coursework.  If an ACDS, CDA or a permanent ECCAT certificate is held, this may substitute for some credit hours- see Policy 5202.
  • Testing: Must pass the State Aide Competency test administered by the county or school district
  • Employment Required: Must be employed in WV public schools
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent
  • 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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