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Student Teaching/Internship Permits

“All candidates (at least 90 days) prior to commencing a student teaching/internship experience in a West Virginia public school must submit a Student Teaching Permit application to the West Virginia Department of Education. The permit must be approved before candidates begin the experience.” (WVDE 3/13)

Download Student Teaching Application

Criminal Background Checks

To be considered for student teaching/internship permits, students must complete a criminal background check. Obtain a fingerprint/background check through MorphoTrust USA's IdentoGO by visiting one of their LiveScan locations around the state.

These can be scheduled online at or scheduled by phone at 1-855-766-7746.

For more information, please visit the Background Checks page


Information and forms for this process can be obtained at the following West Virginia Department of Education website:

The following forms will need to be submitted with your transaction receipt.

  1. Form 7: Applicant Consent/Release of Background Results. (Be sure to click on the version of Form 7 that appears first on the page. This is the one that includes directions for the Student Teaching Permit.)
    Note: Must obtain Verification of Notary Public. Beth Lefevre or Char Allen in 710 Allen Hall can provide this service. You will need a complete a separate Form 7 for every county in which you will have a placement. Check with your supervisor to determine how many Form 7’s you will need to complete.
  2. Form 1: Applicant Information Page (See Instructions Provided with Form on Website) Note: Do Not Need to do Part 5 or use Form 4B.
  3. Form 24: Student Teaching Permit
    Note: Complete your name and Social Security number
    Institutional Information:
    See your respective placement coordinator:
    1. John Stallings – WVU Five-Year Teacher Education Program
    2. Denise Lindstrom – Masters and Certification Program,
    3. Terese Giobbia – Art Education
    4. Angela Munroe – Music Education
    5. Carol Straight – Physical Education
    6. Michael Mann – Health Education
    7. Harry Boone – Agriculture Education

Note: Part 2 – Institutional Verification: See Teacher Certification Officer in 710 Allen Hall


For your criminal background check, you must submit a check or money order to cover a fee for the cost of the Form 24 permit application. See current fees on the WVDE website.

Certification packets which includes instructions and all forms are available in the Office of Teacher Education. 

MorphoTrust will be on hand to perform fingerprinting and there will be Notary Publics available (at no cost) to notarize the forms. Students should complete the forms as much as possible and bring to the clinic. Please remember to bring a check or money order to pay for the fingerprinting.

All completed forms must be returned to: 

Teacher Certification Office
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
710 Allen Hall
P. O. BOX 6122
Morgantown, WV 26506 6122