Summary of Application Requirements

Review WVBE Policy 5202 and Certifications for complete requirements

Initial Application

  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: Timeframes for the endorsement’s validity vary according to the WV Professional Teaching Certificate’s validity dates.
  • Education Level: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (Regionally accredited IHE).
  • Credential: Hold a valid and appropriate WV Professional Teaching Certificate for the area in which the additional endorsement qualifies. Note: Does not apply to the Career and Technical Education Certificate.
  • Testing: Requires submission of a passing score on the appropriate WVBE required content area test. If no test is required by the WVBE, the professional educator must complete an approved program to add an endorsement and requirements for application form 8, rather than form 8C. Note: Testing exemptions identified in WVBE Policy 5202 do not apply to the option for adding an endorsement based on content proficiency.
  • Employment Required: No
  • Official Recommendation: Superintendent or Form 4B
  • Primary Contact Info: Brad Fittro, Email:

Electronic Application Instructions:

Electronic Application Instructions:

Step 1: 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 2: Once you have completed the registration process and have a webtop account, you may submit an electronic application.

Step 3: 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 4: When the application is ready for payment, you will receive an email 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.

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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