Requirements for Licensure (Certification)
Each student must make formal application for a professional license (teacher's certificate) on forms supplied by the state department of education in the state where licensure is desired. It is recommended that all successful teacher education students apply for West Virginia licensure immediately upon graduation, since licensure in other states may require a West Virginia license. Allow eight to ten weeks for processing of the application, which should be submitted through the Registrar's Office.
Licensure in West Virginia requires successful completion of the Praxis II tests (NTE). Students are encouraged to work closely with licensure agencies within the states in which they plan to teach. Candidates for WV licensure must meet U.S. citizenship requirements set by the WVDE. Fingerprinting and FBI background checks are also required.
Students applying for certification must have completed course work within seven years of application.