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Become a Teacher

To teach in West Virginia, the state requires that you hold a bachelor's degree, complete an accredited West Virginia teacher certification program, and pass the required PRAXIS tests.

Choose a Program

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
A traditional four-year program on campus, the bachelor's in elementary education program prepares students to earn teacher certification in multiple subjects for grades K-6.

Provides students the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in a hands-on way, while earning a bachelor's degree in science or mathematics.

Master of Arts and Certification Program
This program gives individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field the opportunity to become an educator. Areas of study include elementary education and secondary education (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages).

Become a Student Teacher

Student teachers will observe classroom instruction and will also teach, under close observation and mentorship of professional educators.

Background Check
Safety is our first concern. Therefore, before you can obtain your permit to student teach, you must first pass a background check.

Student Teaching Permit
To obtain a West Virginia Student Teaching/Clinical Experience Permit, you must complete the proper application forms and submit them to the West Virginia Department of Education. Please Note: Permit applications that do not include a receipt from an ordered background check will not be considered.

Pursue Teacher Certification

To apply for initial teacher certification in the state of West Virginia, students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS series tests and and will be required to submit the test scores and proper forms to the West Virginia Department of Education. CEHS has a teacher certification officer on staff, to answer any questions and to help with the application process. For more information, please visit our Teacher Certification page.

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