April 19, 2018

West Virginia Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $46,390
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $33,510

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in West Virginia schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for West Virginia teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a West Virginia-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
How Do I Become an Educator in West Virginia?
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in West Virginia, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test
and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of West Virginia has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about West Virginia Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in West Virginia for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the West Virginia Stat Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
West Virginia Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305

Or you can call the Division of Educator Quality and System Support at (304) 558-3199.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the West Virginia teacher certification process:

West Virginia Department of Education
Teacher Certification