How to Qualify for Certification
For initial certification in West Virginia, all candidates must:
- Earn a baccalaureate degree
- Complete an approved educator preparation program from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
- Pass The Praxis Series® tests for their certification area
- Submit the appropriate certification form and fees
- Undergo a criminal history investigation completed by both the West Virginia State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation
- As of the 2014–15 testing year, ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing. However, Praxis® tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
- West Virginia requires your name, address, date of birth and Social Security number (SSN) to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit your information to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) with your test results. Failure to provide the information requested above could delay processing of your certification application.
- If you test in West Virginia, your score report will be sent automatically to the WVDE. If you test outside of West Virginia, select the West Virginia Department of Education (code 8480) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request. You may select up to three recipients at no charge during registration or purchase additional reporting after you test.
Who Must Take the Tests?
Individuals who complete an educator education program approved by the West Virginia Board of Education and leading to West Virginia certification must meet the testing requirements of that program unless exempted by current State Board policy. The testing requirements include the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests, the content specialty tests and the professional knowledge tests from The Praxis Series. The Core test is available in a computer-delivered format. The Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests) include the content specialty test and the professional knowledge tests. (The latter tests are titled Principles of Learning and Teaching.) Contact the teacher education office of any West Virginia institution of higher education for additional information about the tests and testing requirements of State Board Policy 5100.
In West Virginia, you must take the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments for each area of certification you seek.
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs