Become a Teacher in West Virginia

West Virginia Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $45,530
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $46,560
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 16

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/11/2018

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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 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.

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Master’s 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.

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Step Two: West Virginia Teacher Preparation

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.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Learn more about alternative certification in West Virginia on Certification Map.

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Step Three: West Virginia Required Tests

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.


Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification


CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Mathematics

Required for all areas of certification.


Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification


PLT: Grades K-6

Elementary Education


PLT: Grades 5-9

Middle Grades Education


PLT: Grades 7-12

Secondary Education

Visit West Virginia’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of available assessments.

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Step Four: West Virginia Application Requirements

The West Virginia Department of Education requires all candidates seeking their Initial Professional Teaching Certificates to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 GPA (3.0 for master’s or higher);
  • Meet all state testing requirements;
  • Be of good moral character as well as physically, mentally and emotionally qualified;
  • Complete a Beginning Educator Internship or have five years of out-of-state teaching experience;
  • Complete an approved teacher preparation program with 12 weeks of clinical experience;
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check;
  • Submit application, supplemental documents, and mandated fees.

WV K-12 Education Job Bank

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.

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West Virginia Certification Reciprocity

West Virginia will accept some teaching credentials from other states through interstate certification reciprocity. Contact the West Virginia Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see the Certification Map interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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West Virginia Teacher Salary

  • 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.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $45,530
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $46,560
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 16

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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West Virginia Certification Resources & Links

1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

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