Policy 5202 - Minimum Requirements for Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel
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.
Revisions to Policy 5202 are being recommended to clarify language to ensure the intent of the policy. Additionally, minor revisions are being recommended to align the numbering and referencing of other sections of policy. Per W.Va. Code 18-5-44(m), the Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization is being added to policy. Additionally, language is recommended to clarify the purpose and extent of a waiver period. Through previous comments received, and as a result of Stakeholder feedback, it is recommended that the Technology Integration Specialist Advanced Credential be a permanent credential. Also, to address shortage areas, it is recommended that a teacher with a valid West Virginia teaching certificate be 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. Additionally, language was added to require an applicant to provide additional documentation when applying for an endorsement for driver education. It is recommended to add a permit that would allow exchange/visiting teachers participating in a program or exchange recognized and/or approved by the WVDE/WVBE to receive a non-renewable permit for exchange/visiting teachers. It is recommended that Appendix A be revised to include grade level options for classroom assistant teachers. Finally, minor edits are recommended to Appendix B to ensure accurate PRAXIS exam scores are reflected.
The proposed revision is to the following sections of Policy 5202:
| 126-136-4. Definitions -- The following definitions were added: Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Temporary Authorization, Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Permanent Authorization, Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Paraprofessional Certificate. The Student Teaching Permit was changed to Clinical Experience Permit to encompass teacher, administrator or student support candidates placed in clinical experiences in public schools settings.
| 126-136-5. Categories of Licenses -- Language was added to clarify that the Temporary Certificate is valid for a period of one year and may not be renewed.
| 126-136-6. Legal Basis for Licensure -- Clarifying language was inserted to reflect that a county may employ an applicant for a professional educator’s certificate in good faith on the anticipation that he or she is eligible for a certificate. Language was also added to clarify the Hearing and Appeals section as it pertains to the West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards.
| 126-136-7. Responsibilities for Licensure -- Language was added to clarify that the waiver granted by the State Superintendent shall only be for a period of one year. During this one-year period, the applicant must complete all requirements that were waived. Prior to the conclusion of the one-year waived period, the applicant must apply for licensure and will be required to meet all requirements for the licensure to be issued for the remaining period of the license.
| 126-136-10. Licenses for Professional Educators -- Language was clarified to reflect the renewal option for a permanent certificate based on renewing the professional certificate valid for five years once, not two times, as previously stated.
| 126-136-11. Permits issued to Professional Educators -- References to permits for student teachers were updated to reflect permits for clinical experiences for teachers, administrators, and student support candidates. Language was revised to reflect the requirements for the Initial Fire Service Training Adult Part-Time Permit. An authorization for Professional Accountant was added. Additionally, updated numbering was required to reflect the most recent revision to Policy 5202. Previous references are no longer valid due to renumbering the section.
| 126-136-12. Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization and Paraprofessional Certification -- This section was revised from Paraprofessional to include Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization and Paraprofessional Certification. Due to legislative action, specifically W.Va. Code 18-5-44(m), the Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization was added. Additionally, revisions were necessary for the requirements of the Permanent Paraprofessional Certificate and the Educational Sign Language Interpreter I and II.
| 126-136-15. Alternative Routes to Certification -- Language was added to clarify the issuance of an Alternative Teaching Certificate endorsed for elementary education, per special permission of the WVBE.
| 126-136-16. Out-of-State Applicants -- Language was added to clarify that a temporary, one-year certificate issued to an out-of-state applicant who did not meet requirements for an initial three-year certificate is non-renewable.
| 126-136-17. Non-United States Citizen -- Language was added to include a Permit for Exchange/Visiting Teachers – Non U.S. Citizen. This permit would allow exchange/visiting teachers participating in a program or exchange recognized and/or approved by the WVDE/WVBE to receive a non-renewable Permit for Exchange/Visiting Teachers based upon verification from the partnering organization that the applicant has completed the equivalent of an approved educational personnel preparation program.
| 126-136-21. Additional Endorsement(s) for Existing License -- Language was added to allow a teacher or administrator with a valid West Virginia Professional certificate 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 or administrators for certification in that area regardless of whether additional course work was taken in that area. Additionally, language was added to require an applicant to provide additional documentation when applying for an endorsement for driver education.
| 126-136-23. Fee Reimbursements and Salary Supplements -- The word ‘waivers’ was removed from this section of policy. It was erroneously added as a typographical edit during the previous policy revision.
| 126-136-24. Advanced Credentials -- A Permanent Advanced Credential for Technology Integration Specialist was created. This addition required the renumbering of this section of policy.
| APPENDIX A – Programmatic Levels and Specializations Recognized on the Professional License. A grade level option for Classroom Assistant Teacher, PK-K was added.
| APPENDIX B – Approved Standards for Program Development and Required tests for Completion of WV Approved Programs Leading to WV Licensure. Revisions include updating the PRAXIS exam numbers for the following endorsement areas: Agriculture, Early Childhood Education, General Science, Safety Education, School Psychologist, and Speech Pathologist. Additionally, references to PPST were removed and additional requirements were added for the Driver Education endorsement.
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.
PDF of the Policy
Link to WVDE comment site
Policy 2525 – Universal Pre-K
West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K program continues to lead the nation by offering a comprehensive system for four-year-old children and three-year-old children as mandated under federal law. The state’s commitment to high-quality Universal Pre-K is illustrated through continual work in addressing key quality improvement efforts, both legislatively and programmatically. Senate Bill 359 included changes to assistant teacher requirements in WV Universal Pre-K programs. This bill also included changes to requirements for pre-k program availability, including hours per day and days of operation. These requirements necessitate revisions in several sections of WVBE Policy 2525, including guidelines, school readiness, county collaborative early childhood teams, and personnel. The WV Universal Pre-K Continuous Quality Improvement System is designed to assist the WV Universal Pre-K State Steering Team in making informed decisions for program improvement. The continuous quality improvement process, coupled with recommendations from considerable stakeholder groups across collaborative agencies, has driven additional changes to support strong pre-k programming. This policy remains aligned with WVBE Policy 2419 – Education of Exceptional Students and WVBE Policy 2520.15 – Early Learning Standards Framework: Content Standards and Learning Criteria for West Virginia Pre-Kindergarten (WV Pre-K), as well as WVBE Policy 5202 – Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel.
Policy 2525 is being recommended for revision and will include the following sections:
| 126-28-2. Guidelines – The guidelines have been redeveloped to better align to the revised policy, targeting key foundational principles for a comprehensive, high quality early childhood program.
| 126-28-3. School readiness – The WVDE definition for school readiness has been updated to strengthen the alignment and implementation of school readiness.
| 126-28-4. County Collaborative early Childhood Team – Revisions to this section include adjusted provisions for county collaborative early childhood team composition to support program implementation. Revisions also address requirements from Senate Bill 359 for program availability including hours of instruction per day, days of operation, and pre-k school calendar in preparation for full-day, five-day programming by the 2016-17 school year.
| 126-28-5. Eligibility and Enrollment.
| 126-28-6. Attendance.
| 126-28-10. Transitions.
| 126-28-12. Health and Safety.
| 126-28-15. Curriculum and Assessment – Revisions in this section were made to refine alignment to Policy 2520.15 – Early Learning Standards Framework: Content Standards and Learning Criteria for West Virginia Pre-Kindergarten (WV Pre-K).
| 126-28-16. Personnel – Revisions to the personnel section were completed to align with new requirements for Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Authorization, per Senate Bill 359 and Policy 5202 – Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel.
| 126-28-17. Staff Training.
| 126-28-18. Program Assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement – Revisions to Section 18 include guidelines for county continuous quality improvement process. This section was also revised to provide an outline of annual requirements to be submitted to the WVDE Office of Early Learning, including a comprehensive fiscal report to ensure maximization of resources as required by W.Va. Code 18-5-44, verification of annual collaborative contracts and budgets, and any changes/addendums to the approved program.
| 126-28-19. Finance.
| 126-28-20. Program Oversight.
| 126-28-21. Glossary.
The proposed revisions to Policy 2525 will directly impact the quality of West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K System. The changes proposed will support further advancement of WV Universal Pre-K in the areas of school readiness, program guidance, and curriculum and assessment. The revised policy will continue to strengthen local collaborations by requiring the continued efforts in addressing key universal outcomes. Revisions to program assessment and continuous quality improvement will poise county collaborative early childhood teams to develop individualized ongoing monitoring systems to include program, classroom, and aggregated child assessment data to make informed decisions for continued growth.
PDF of the Policy
Link to WVDE comment site
The following WV Board of Education (WVBE) policies are listed for your convenience. All WVBE policies are posted on the WVDE's Website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.
Policy 2340 -- Statewide Assessment Program
Policy 2419 -- Education of Exceptional Students
Policy 2421 -- Harassment
Policy 2422.8 -- Medication Administration
Policy 2460 -- Use of the Internet by Students and Educators
Policy 2470 – Use of Technology by Students and Educators
Policy 2510 – Assuring Quality Education
Policy 2515 – Uniform Grading
Policy 2520.1-2520.15 – Instructional Goals and Objectives
Policy 4110 – Attendance
Policy 4360 – Collection, Maintenance, Disclosure of Student Data
Policy 4373 – Student Code of Conduct
Policy 5202 – Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel
Policy 5310 – Performance Evaluation of School Personnel
Policy 5902 – Employee Code of Conduct
Policy 6202 – Indoor Air Quality
If you have questions regarding any of the WVBE's policies, contact Davin White, WVEA Communications and Instructional Issues Specialist, by phone at 1.800.642.8261 ext. 116 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.