West Virginia

West Virginia is currently experiencing an increased demand for good teachers, and as such, offers a number of different options for becoming a certified teacher in the state. You can choose to complete a traditional educator program through an approved educational institute, internship, transition to teaching, and more.

The most common way to become a teacher in West Virginia is through a West Virginia Board of Education approved educator preparation program. In these programs, you’ll learn all of the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a successful teacher in West Virginia schools. You may also choose to follow an alternative route to teacher certification in West Virginia. To qualify for one of these alternative routes, you must be offered employment in a shortage area by a West Virginia county school district and possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Additionally, you’ll be required to meet proficiency scores on the Praxis tests I and II, or qualify for an exemption, plus complete background checks with both the West Virginia State Police and the FBI. The program involves a variety of coursework and three phases of training.

West Virginia does not have any school districts that are exceptionally large, however, you can generally find numerous teaching positions in the state’s cities of Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, and Wheeling. You can find job openings in the public school systems in all 55 West Virginia counties through the West Virginia K-12 Job Bank.

To renew your West Virginia Teaching Certificate, you will need to complete professional development requirements. You can do so by taking on one of three different options, which are 6 semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education, renewing a certificate for an advanced salary classification of MA +30 or higher, or by reaching the age of 60. If you must complete coursework, you can take on college courses that are directly related to your career as a teacher, or courses that are required as part of a program leading to a master’s degree related to public schools.

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