Approval Process for Traditional Certification Programs of Study

The Educator Preparation Program Review Board (EPPRB) is a seven-member board established by the WVBE. Among its many duties and responsibilities, the EPPRB is charged with reviewing all initially proposed programs in order to submit or withhold a recommendation for program approval to the WVBE. The EPPRB is also charged with reviewing all proposed substantive changes to existing WVBE-approved programs and submitting or withholding a recommendation for acceptance of such changes to the WVBE. Finally, the EPPRB reviews reports from accreditation boards to recommend institutions’ programs for continuing program approval.

Guide for New Program Proposals

Guide for Proposing Revisions to Existing WVBE-Approved Programs

Programs must be reviewed and approved in accordance with WVBE Policies 5202 and 5100.

EPPRB Calendar

Summer 2021 

April 8, 2021 Letter of intent to submit a program proposal for review, due to the WVDE. Letters of intent may be submitted via e-mail to Jodi Oliveto at joliveto@k12.wv.us.
April 23, 2021 Submission of the program proposal, due to the WVDE. For information, please contact Jodi Oliveto at joliveto@k12.wv.us.
June 8, 2021 EPPRB Meeting
July or August 2021 If recommended, the program will be presented to the WVBE and considered for approval.

Fall 2021

August 7, 2021 Letter of intent to submit a program proposal for review, due to the WVDE. Letters of intent may be submitted via e-mail to Jodi Oliveto at joliveto@k12.wv.us.
September 22, 2021 Submission of the program proposal, due to the WVDE. For information, please contact Jodi Oliveto at joliveto@k12.wv.us.
October 7, 2021 EPPRB Meeting
November or December 2021 If recommended, the program will be presented to the WVBE and considered for approval.

Additional Resources:

West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards or Standards

Approval Process for Alternative Certification Programs of Study

WVBE Policy 5901 creates an alternative pathway means for a qualified person to earn a professional teaching certificate in areas of critical need and shortage. Program proposals must first be reviewed by the Alternative Certification Educator Preparation Program Review Board (ACEPPRB) in accordance with the timelines listed below for a recommendation to be made to the WVBE. Once an alternative certification program receives WVBE approval, school districts may begin program enrollment. Candidates must receive an Alternative Teaching Certificate to enroll into a state-approved program. Participants work to successfully complete the program and meet conversion criteria for a Provisional Teaching Certificate. As they continue to teach in West Virginia and engage in professional learning, the individuals work toward meeting the conversion criteria of a Professional Teaching Certificate. Interested applicants, please visit the WV K-12 Education Job Bank and contact your county of interest directly. School districts interested in program guidance or information please contact Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us in the Office of Educator Development & Support.

ACEPPRB Timelines:

Summer 2021 

April 8, 2021 Letter of intent to submit a program proposal for review, due to the WVDE. Letters of intent may be submitted via e-mail to Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us
April 23, 2021 Submission of program proposal, due to the WVDE. For information, please contact Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us.
June 8, 2021 ACEPPRB Meeting
July or August 2021 If recommended, the program will be presented to the WVBE and considered for approval.

Fall 2021

August 19, 2021 Letter of intent to submit a program proposal for review, due to the WVDE. Letters of intent may be submitted via e-mail to Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us.
September 3, 2021 Submission of program proposal, due to the WVDE. For information, please contact Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us.
October 19, 2021 ACEPPRB Meeting
November or December 2021 If recommended, the program will be presented to the WVBE and considered for approval.