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To become a certified teacher in West Virginia, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit a West Virginia teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: West Virginia Prerequisite Coursework
Generally, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas; West Virginia, however, has no such requirements.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
The traditional route of teacher preparation in West Virginia includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge, skills and pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), as well as preparation in researching, designing and implementing learning experiences in various fields of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and internships.
While a teacher education program may seem financially daunting, a number of resources exist specifically for teachers. For more information, visit the Certification Map webpage on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships specific to teachers in West Virginia, visit the Certification Map West Virginia Teacher Scholarships page.
All applicants pursuing an initial teaching license in West Virginia are required to successfully complete the relevant Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core), Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT), and specific licensure area tests.
The West Virginia Department of Education’s job bank provides licensed educators with access to available employment opportunities across the state. Applicants can search for vacancies by subject area, county and grade level.
Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: West Virginia provides no support for teachers working in high-needs schools or instructing shortage subject areas.
Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: West Virginia has strong induction policies, with all first-year teachers required to receive induction support, according to the New Teacher Center.