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Teacher Certification Information

Initial Teacher Certification

If you have never been certified to teach in the state of West Virginia, you will need to apply for initial teacher certification through the West Virginia Department of Education by doing the following:

Application and Forms

Go to the WV Department of Education Certification Portal,, and register for an account. Applicants who already have a webtop account are still required to complete the registration process first before logging into the certification portal. This process will link your Webtop account to your certification records.

You will be prompted to complete the following:

  • Paper Form 7 Applicant Consent/Release of Background Results, notarized and returned to the CEHS Certification Officer in 710 Allen Hall
  • Electronic Form 20T Initial Teacher Certification and Applicant Information Page 
    Electronic Form 20S Initial Student Support Certification ( School Counselor, Speech-Language Pathologist), and Applicant Information Page

The fee is $35 and must be paid online to the West Virginia Department of Education once the application process is completed and verified by the CEHS Certification Officer.


Teacher candidates need to request an official WVU transcript * be sent directly to at the WV Department of Education. Electronic copies forwarded from applicant's email are not accepted.

*Before ordering a transcript, students should log on to their MIX account to insure that all grades and degree(s) have been posted. Missing grades or degrees will not justify resending a transcript at no charge. Transcript requests are processed immediately. They are not held for posting of final grades and/or degrees. If you are a current student and want to send a transcript with this information, please do not place your order until your grades and/or degree are posted to you unofficial transcript in MIX.

Fingerprint and Background Check

The West Virginia Department of Education requires a criminal fingerprint/background check to be completed by the West Virginia State Police and the FBI. The appointment for the background check can be scheduled at or by calling them at 855-766-7746. Related costs are also listed on their website. Fingerprinting results are only valid for ninety days.


Submit the results of PRAXIS I, Praxis II Specialty Content Area test(s) for the certification area and record of completion of the Teacher Performance Assessment (EDTPA).

Music Education students are encouraged to contact their Program Coordinator for additional certification requirements.

Helpful links for those pursuing teacher certification.