Teaching Degrees in West Virginia

If you are seeking a teaching degree in West Virginia, you should be aware of some important information, such as:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • West Virginia teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in West Virginia.

Teaching Degrees in West Virginia

There are twelve accredited teaching degree programs offered at colleges and universities in West Virginia. New teachers in West Virginia will see a salary of around $30,815; the overall average salary is $44,701. Teachers with a master’s degree account for 51.6 percent of educators in the sate and earn roughly $3,050 more per year than bachelor-level teachers.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in West Virginia

There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help with the cost of earning a teaching degree in West Virginia. Some examples are:

Catherine Flynn Morrison Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship fund created through Your Community Foundation (YCF) to benefit Harrison County students who want to become teachers and may need financial help to attend college.

Marshall University College of Education Scholarships
The College of Education at Marshall University offers several scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

TEACH scholarship of West Virginia
The T.E.A.C.H. WV project seeks through its scholarship programs to improve the level of education of teachers working with young children while increasing educator wages and reducing turnover in the state.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Scholarship
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation offers many scholarship opportunities, including those for attendance at schools and those for specific fields such as nursing or law.

Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program
Scholarships of up to $5,000 per academic year, are awarded to students pursuing a career in education on the basis of academic qualifications and interest in teaching.

West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees Scholarships
WVARSE offers a student teacher scholarship program open to students in West Virginia colleges who have successfully completed their preparation for student teaching and have been recommended by their colleges for formal student teaching in an elementary or secondary public school.

West Virginia Teacher Certification

To obtain a teaching degree in West Virginia the prospective educator must complete at minimum a bachelor’s level program. Other certification requirements include:

  • Completion an approved and accredited teacher preparation program with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Successful completion of the PPTS and Praxis II competency exams

Initial certificates are valid for three years and can be renewed once. Following this, the certificate is converted a five-year certificate, which is renewable two times. The final stage is a permanent certificate, which requires a master’s degree related to the public program and five years of teaching experience, including two within the teacher’s area of specialization. Continuing education requirements include six semester hours of college credit and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Alternative certification routes are available in critical need subject areas in secondary education only. To obtain a certification, the candidates must obtain a teaching position within West Virginia school districts and then must complete higher education coursework requirements through an approved alternative route to certification program, requiring passing the Praxis tests and completion of required educational coursework. In addition, candidate must already possess a degree in the area in which they intend to teach.

Armed forces veterans pursuing a career in teaching can use the Troops to Teachers program to transition to the career.

Important Note: West Virginia accepts teaching credentials from out-of-state institutions so long as the standards of the reciprocal state are at least equivalent to the West Virginia requirements.

Additional Resources about Teaching in West Virginia

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in West Virginia and maintaining this status.

West Virginia Education Association
The West Virginia Education Association is the state’s largest professional organization for teachers and educators.

West Virginia Department of Labor
The West Virginia Department of Labor is an excellent resource for information about the current labor climate across the state.

West Virginia Department of Education
This is the website of the state DOE, which has extensive information regarding education policies, procedures, and oversight for educational institutions and for individual educators.

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