West Virginia Teacher Education and Careers

Teaching in West Virginia

teaching-usa-west-virginia-teacherThe West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) values the education it provides to its students so requires teachers to meet certain qualifications. All teachers in West Virginia must be U.S. citizens of good moral character (they must pass both a state police and an FBI background check) and be at least 18 years old. They must be physically, mentally and emotionally qualified to be teachers, and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in college (or 3.0 for master’s level work).

Keep reading to learn about teaching in West Virginia, teacher certification and teaching salaries.

Teacher Certification

If you want to become a West Virginia teacher, read the following additional requirements to see if you qualify.

Initial Teacher Certification

Your initial teaching license in West Virginia is valid for three years. To get an initial license, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Meet the general requirements for teacher certification (see above).
  • Earn at least a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completed all required PRAXIS exams (contact the WVDE for more information).

Permanent West Virginia Teaching Certification

After you gain teaching experience, you can apply for a permanent teaching certificate. Permanent certificates are issued to teachers who satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Have an initial teaching certificate for three years, convert the certificate to a five-year certificate and renew the five-year certificate twice, or
  • Successfully teach for five years in your endorsement area or areas and hold a master’s degree in a relevant subject.

If you’re thinking of becoming a teacher in West Virginia, contact the WVDE to get a full list of teacher certification requirements. Then request information from one of our accredited teacher education schools in West Virginia (or online schools) to get the training you need.

Alternative Teacher Certification

The WVDE has alternate teacher certification for people who are offered employment in a subject shortage area without first having a teaching license. If you find a teaching job this way, you can get alternative teacher certification in West Virginia by completing the following requirements:

  • Meet the general requirements for teacher certification (see above).
  • Earn at least a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a field related to your subject area.
  • Take and pass the PRAXIS I and II, or qualify for an exemption for the PRAXIS I and achieve a passing PRAXIS II score in your subject area.
  • Enroll in an 18 semester-hour WVDE-approved alternative route to certification program.

If you’d like to become a West Virginia teacher, contact the WVDE for more information.

Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Teachers in West Virginia work in cities and towns, and in rural communities across the state. And they’re well-paid for the work they do.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, secondary school teachers in West Virginia make a median salary of $44,480.

If you’d like to share your passion, contribute to the success of kids of every age and make a great salary, teaching might be a great career choice.

Source: www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252031.htm

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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