Traditional Certification Programs

Institutions of higher education with traditional state-approved educator preparation programs will work with you to create an individualized plan, which is based upon your unique qualifications and educational background. These programs may lead to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or provide only the coursework required for licensure at the graduate level as part of a post-bachelor’s certification program. To access complete program details and begin a traditional pathway to licensure, please select one of the following:

Approved Programs Sorted by Endorsement

Approved Programs Sorted by Institution of Higher Education

Alternative Certification Programs

What is alternative certification?

Alternative certification is an “alternate” pathway to teacher certification that is only available to fill critical need and shortage areas in West Virginia public schools. School districts with approved alternative certification programs may offer employment to eligible individuals for positions that have been posted at least twice (for a minimal ten-day period) and for which no fully certified applicant has applied. Candidates accepted into the district’s approved alternative certification program hold an Alternative Teaching Certificate and teach while completing the program of study. Upon successful completion of the program, assessment and evaluation, candidates may be recommended for a Provisional Teaching Certificate by the school district. Individuals with a Provisional Teaching Certificate work to meet conversion criteria for an initial Professional Teaching Certificate.

View the list of State-Approved Alternative Certification Programs

View the Alternative Certification FAQ Document

What are the steps for participation in an alternative certification program?

  • Decide what you would like to teach

Identify the grade levels and subject areas you would like to teach.  This will help you determine the alternative certification program(s) you would like to pursue.

  • Contact school districts with approved alternative certification programs to identify areas of critical need

Districts have their own unique programs and needs, so it is important to contact the district’s personnel officials to determine if they have area(s) of critical need and shortage and a state-approved program for the endorsement(s).

  • Determine if you are eligible to pursue the identified endorsement area(s) and apply for job(s)

Personnel officials at the school district can help you understand eligibility and how to apply for employment within the district.

  • Apply for an Alternative Teaching Certificate upon receipt of a job offer

If eligibility has been analyzed and an offer of employment is made, the district will help you complete an application for the Alternative Teaching Certificate. Individuals do not enroll into approved alternative certification programs until an Alternative Teaching Certificate is issued by the Office of Certification.

  • Begin the alternative certification program

The length of time required to complete the state approved AC program depends upon its program of study, your completion of WVBE required exams and other program requirements (candidates must complete the program within three years).

  • Complete the Alternative Certification Program

Upon completion of a state-approved alternative certification program, individuals who successfully meet all conversion requirements may apply for an initial Provisional Teaching Certificate. The Provisional Teaching Certificate has a separate conversion process (taking a minimum of two-years) that when completed, leads to an initial Professional Teaching Certificate.

Teacher-in-Residence Programs

Teacher-in-Residence is an intensively supervised and mentored residency program for prospective teachers during their senior year that refines their professional practice skills and helps them gain the teaching experience needed to demonstrate competence as a prerequisite to certification to teach in the West Virginia public schools. Teacher-in-Residence programs are provided at the undergraduate level and require the authorization of the WVBE pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-3-1(e).

How may I begin a Teacher-in-Residence Program?

To begin a Teacher-in-Residence program, please review the list of state-approved programs below and contact the institution of higher education for complete details. Requirements for the Teacher-in-Residence permit may be accessed within WVBE Policy 5100.

Who can propose a program?

An institution of higher education with a WVBE approved teacher preparation program in the state may enter into an agreement with a county board of education to establish a teacher-in-residence program.

State-Approved Programs: (Click here for full chart)

Alderson-Broaddus College — Barbour County, Braxton County, Harrison County, Mason County, Monongalia County, Preston County, Upshur County

Bluefield State College — Fayette, Greenbrier County, Logan County, McDowell County, Mercer County, Monroe County, Raleigh County, Summers County, Wyoming County

Concord University — Braxton County, Doddridge County, Fayette County, Greenbrier County, Kanawha County, McDowell County, Mercer County, Monroe County, Raleigh County, Ritchie County, Summers County, Wirt County, Wyoming County

Davis and Elkins College — Randolph County

Fairmont State University — Berkeley County, Doddridge County, Greenbrier County, Hampshire County, Hardy County, Harrison County, Kanawha County, Lewis County, Marion County, Monongalia County, Nicholas County, Pocahontas County, Preston County, Randolph County, Taylor County, Upshur County, Webster County, Wetzel County

Glenville State College — Berkeley County, Boone County, Braxton County, Calhoun County, Clay County, Doddridge County, Fayette County, Gilmer County, Kanawha County, Lewis County, McDowell County, Monongalia County, Nicholas County, Pendleton County, Pleasants County, Pocahontas County, Raleigh County, Roane County, Tucker County, Tyler County, Upshur County, Webster County, Wirt County

Marshall University — Berkeley County, Boone County, Braxton County, Cabell County, Doddridge County, Fayette County, Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Mason County, McDowell County, Mingo County, Putnam County, Raleigh County, Ritchie County, Wayne County, Wirt County, Wood County

Ohio Valley University — Doddridge County, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, Roane County, Wirt County

Salem International University — Doddridge County, Harrison County, Upshur County

Shepherd University — Berkeley County, Grant County

University of Charleston — Kanawha County

WV State University — Boone County, Clay County, Fayette County,  Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Mingo County, Putnam County, Roane County

West Virginia University —Barbour County, Boone County, Cabell County, Calhoun County, Doddridge County, Grant County, Hampshire County, Hardy County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Jefferson County,  Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Marion County,  McDowell County, Monongalia County, Morgan County, Pendleton County, Pleasants County, Pocahontas County, Preston County, Raleigh County, Roane County, Tyler County, Wayne County, Wirt County, Wood County, Wyoming County

West Virginia University – Parkersburg — Doddridge County, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, Roane County, Wirt County, Wood County

WV Wesleyan College — Braxton County, Hampshire County, Harrison County, Lewis County, Mineral County, Pocahontas County, Preston County, Raleigh County, Randolph County, Upshur County, Webster County, Wirt County

To submit a program please contact Jodi Oliveto at joliveto@k12.wv.us in the Office of Educator Development & Support.

West Virginia is working toward the 2021 implementation of the residency model for teacher preparation.  This model encompasses the entire teacher preparation program, building relationships between the educational preparation provider and residency schools, communities, and districts to culminate in a year-long residency clinical experience. For complete details, please contact Jodi Oliveto at joliveto@k12.wv.us.

State-Approved Coursework for Option 3

On March 10, 2021, Senate Bill 14 was approved by the Governor to be made effective ninety days from passage on May 27, 2021. This legislation created a third option for acquiring a Professional Teaching Certificate in §18A-3-2a. This option includes a requirement that individuals must successfully complete pedagogical training or a pedagogical course or courses in substantive alignment with nationally recognized pedagogical standards, or approved or established by the state board. On May 12, 2021, the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) initially designated the West Virginia Pedagogical Standards as set forth in, “Policy 5310, Performance Evaluation of School Personnel, §126-142-13. Teacher Evaluation Standards and Elements” to satisfy this requirement. As the WVBE approves pedagogical standards and recognizes coursework substantially aligned to those standards for the purpose of issuing licensure through Option 3 for acquiring a Professional Teaching Certificate, information will be added to this section of the website. Entities seeking to submit an application to have their course(s) approved by the WVBE for the issuance of licensure through Option 3 may contact Dr. Carla Warren or Mr. Robert Mellace in the Office of Educator Development and Support Services to learn of approval processes at 1-304-558-3119.

WVBE Approved Pedagogical Standards:

WVBE Recognized Coursework for Option 3:

No coursework has been approved at this time