The WVEA will use this page to alert you of any certification changes which are being made and which will be incorporated into the West Virginia Board of Education's (WVBE) Policy 5202 - Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications. The primary purpose of licensure is to assure the public that educators, paraprofessionals and others meet established levels of competence to deliver an appropriate and effective educational program to the state's public school students. 

The awarding of a license is the product of various components, e.g., completion of an approved program, completion of professional development and a passing score on a standarized test.  The various components of licensure change for a variety of reasons, e.g., in response to an identified need or change in a standardized test.  It is the sole responsibility of the professional and paraprofessional to make sure their license is current and valid.

Policy 5202: Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications
 

Background
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West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5202 establishes the requirements regarding licensure of educators to work in the public schools of West Virginia is critical to the success of all students in the 21st century. As changes occur in education, certification and licensure policy must be revised to meet the needs of this 21st century education system. As continuous revision occurs,
WVBE Policy 5202 reflects many of these changes.


Changes effective July 14, 2014
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| Per W.Va. Code 18-5-44(m), the Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization is being added to policy.
 
| Through previous comments received, and as a result of stakeholder feedback, the Technology Integration Specialist Advanced Credential became a permanent credential.
 
| To address shortage areas, a teacher with a valid West Virginia teaching certificate is eligible to be awarded certification to teach in an additional area of certification upon submission of a passing score on the appropriate content area test required of other teachers for certification in that area, regardless of whether additional coursework was completed for this endorsement area.
 
| Language was added to require an applicant to provide additional documentation when applying for an endorsement for driver education.
 
| A permit was created that allows exchange/visiting teachers who are not U.S. citizens and are participating in a program or exchange recognized and/or approved by the WVDE/WVBE to receive a non-renewable permit.
 
| Appendix A was revised to include grade level options for classroom assistant teachers.
 
| Minor edits are recommended to Appendix B to ensure accurate PRAXIS exam scores are reflected.


Impact:

These revisions to Policy 5202 assure appropriate certification of educators for licensure to work in the public schools of West Virginia in order to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century, as part of the cycle of continuous improvement.