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: The preparation of educators eligible for licensure to work in the public schools of West Virginia is critical to the success of all students in the 21st century. Additionally, this policy, which identifies the requirements for licensure issuance and licensure renewal must be clear and reasonable. As revised and approved by the WVBE and became effective on February 13, 2012,  Policy 5202 will clarify language that has been unclear and will reflect the most recent Praxis tests and tests scores.
 
Changes to WVBE Policy 5202 are as follows:
  • Create six (6) new endorsements for the Career and Technical credentials; Event Planner and Design Production, Industrial Fire Management, Parks and Recreation Management, Oil and Gas Production, Massage Therapist, and Social Services Occupations.
  • Create a Teacher-In-Residence Permit and a Student Teaching Permit;
  • Change the validity period of the Permit for Non-United States Citizen from one (1) year to three (3) years;
  • Modify the requirements for the Personal Finance Education Specialist Advanced Credential to reflect current professional development offerings sponsored by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office;
  • Clarify the licensure requirements for the Consultative Special Education teacher;
  • Identify the number of times a valid out-of-state license may be used for the issuance of a West Virginia license;
  • Clarify the amount of time that an individual has to apply for licensure once completing an approved program;
  • Update the Appendix B to reflect scores for new assessments and for assessments that have been rescaled for licensure; and
  • Clarity the intent of the policy and modify the format of the policy for clarity.
Impact: These revisions to Policy 5202 ensure that the requirements for licensure issuance and
licensure renewal are clear and reasonable in order that the educators eligible for licensure to
work in the public schools of West Virginia are prepared to meet the requirements for the
success of all students in the 21st century.

Response to Comments Submitted:
Several edits were made to correct typographical errors as well as to
align the table of contents to the body of the policy. Language was inserted in Appendix C to
include the acceptance of other nationally recognized training programs as part of the licensing
requirements for several Career and Technical Education endorsements. Language was inserted
in section §126-136-11.6 to align with other sections of the policy.