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


  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: Timeframes for the endorsement’s validity vary according to the certificate’s validity dates.
  • Education Level: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (Regionally accredited IHE)
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the area(s) of specialization
  • Educational Work Experience: No
  • Non-Educational Work Experience: No
  • Coursework/Training: Complete the six hours of coursework content requirements and complete a supervised practicum.  Institutions of higher education will determine the method for and the amount of clinical and/or field-based experiences. as stated in WVBE Policy.
  • Credential: Hold a valid and appropriate WV Professional Teaching Certificate endorsed for Special Education. Note: Does not apply to the Career and Technical Education Certificate.
  • Testing: No.   Testing was completed when the Special Education endorsement was completed.
  • Employment Required: No
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent or Form 4B
  • 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:

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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