Renewing Certification: FAQ's
Q: My certification has lapsed. What do I do?
A: If you are employed by a West Virginia county, contact the county superintendent.
If you live in West Virginia, but aren’t currently employed by a county, you should contact the superintendent from the county where you reside.
If you live outside West Virginia, contact the West Virginia Department of Education.
Q: What renewal options are available?
A: The following are available:
- Master’s degree in a curriculum related to the public school program.
- Courses related to improvement of instruction and to the educator’s assignment/certification.
- Courses needed to qualify for an additional endorsement.
- Credit prescribed by the county as a result of the educator’s evaluation.
- Master’s plus thirty, master’s plus forty-five, or doctorate advanced salary classification.
- Sixty years of age.
Q: What college credit is acceptable?
A: For renewal purposes, the credit may be either undergraduate or graduate level; however it must meet all the following criteria:
- Be completed at an accredited institution
- Reflect a grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
- Be completed after the effective date of the license to be renewed
- Be completed within the five-year period immediately preceding the date the application is received by the WV Dept. of Ed.
- Relate to the renewal option selected by the educator and the superintendent
- Relate to the public school program
Q: What is the county superintendent’s role in the certification process?
A: The county superintendent is responsible for advising all educators who are employed or reside in her/his county about renewal options. Additionally, all certificates that are renewed or upgraded from the three-year to five-year or permanent status require the recommendation of the superintendent as well as verification of applicable educational experience.
Q: When should I file the application to renew my certificate?
A: The educator should file the application for the renewal as soon as the requirements are fulfilled, but not before January 1 of the year in which the certificate will expire.
For additional information please contact the West Virginia Department of Education