Apply for Certification
Students who have completed ALL requirements in a certification program at WVU and wish to apply for INITIAL CERTIFICATION in West Virginia need to complete and submit the following forms:
- Form 20T initial Teacher Certification; and
- Form 26 Alternative Route to Content Endorsements for Special Educators (ONLY for Multicategorical Special Education Grades 5-Adult OR Autism Spectrum Disorders Grades 5-Adult).
Students who have completed ALL requirements in a certification program at WVU and wish to apply for ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT in West Virginia need to complete and submit the following form:
- Form 8 Additional Endorsements
Forms are available at the West Virginia Department of Education website.
Students who have completed requirements in a certification program at WVU and wish to apply for CERTIFICATION IN ANOTHER STATE should consult a representative of that state by locating contact information for the appropriate state agency at the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification website.
For assistance in understanding certification requirements or completing and submitting forms, please contact the WVU Certification Officer.
Students are advised to apply for certification IMMEDIATELY upon completion of program requirements to comply with state policies:
The West Virginia Board of Education’s Policy 5100 Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs states in section 10.5.2 “A candidate who fails to apply for licensure within three months from the date of eligibility for licensure is required to satisfy any additional test and program components in effect at the time of application and to comply with conditions outlined for the validity periods.”