Become a West Virginia Teacher with Moreland University

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West Virginia takes pride
in its education

With 637 public schools of varying sizes educating over 245,00 students. West Virginia takes great pride in educating its students.¹

WV teachers help their
students thrive

According to the West Virginia Department of Education’s annual statistical report, over 60% of WV students meet proficiency standards in math, science, and reading.²

High graduation rates

West Virginia’s commitment to student success is exemplified through their 91% graduation rate, consistent over the last 6 years. The U.S. average is 62% as of 2023.³

Consistent demand for
qualified educators

In the next decade, West Virginia projects that there will be a 7% growth in demand for elementary school teachers 4 and 8% growth in demand for secondary school teachers.5

High need for specialty educators
WV schools show a consistent need for
specialized teachers. 47% of WV schools reported having vacancies in Special Education positions, 60% in English as a Second Language, and 47% need career or technical education teachers.6

Teacher autonomy
West Virginia is committed to teacher autonomy in the classroom. 92% of teachers reported having a say in the topics taught in their classrooms while 98% reported having a say over their teaching methods.6

Sources: ¹ West Virginia Department of Education ² WVDE | ZoomWV ³ WVDE | Education DataO*NET OnLine – WV Employment Trends | Elementary School Teachers 5 O*NET OnLine – WV Employment Trends | High School School Teachers 6 National Center for Educational Statistics

Moreland University partners with school districts across the United States to support teachers
through certification and continuing education programs.

Don’t see your district above? Not currently working in a school district?
No worries! These are just some of our U.S. partnerships. Even if we don’t partner directly with your district or if you aren’t working in a school district, we can still help you achieve your teaching certification and educator success. Keep scrolling to discover the Moreland University difference for teachers in West Virginia.


“I have found Moreland’s program to be rigorous and the curriculum holds a high standard for our teachers to be effectively prepared to enter the classroom. All the staff at Moreland have been collaborative and very easy with whom to work. We have regular meetings to assess progress and provide information sessions to our educators. The Moreland staff is timely in their communications and very responsive to our needs.”

Brittany Mackel
Instructional Specialist
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland

“It’s important for students to be able to see themselves in their teachers. It’s pivotal for us to be able to recruit and bring in teachers that can inspire students from all areas. There are so many different pathways to enter our profession, and we’re looking for people with bachelor’s degrees that didn’t necessarily go to school to be teachers. Not that we don’t want people who went to school to be teachers, of course, but we also want people that come from unique backgrounds. Kids have to look at their teachers and say, ‘Oh, that looks like me! I can do that! Oh, that’s another way of seeing the world.’ So, we need people from all over and all different types of industry to really consider ‘what kind of gifts do I have?”

Dumarie Rodriguez-Dillard
Director of Leadership Pathways, Recruitment/Retention
& Certification
Seminole County Public Schools in Florida

“Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW certification program has and continues to help Clayton County educators achieve professional certification in just 9 months. TEACH-NOW consistently meets our teachers’ demands for an affordable program with a quick enrollment process, which has resulted in the retention of many educators who would have otherwise faced non-renewal. This program is my top recommendation due to its cost-effectiveness and ability to cater to diverse needs while ensuring initial certification with only the necessary Georgia assessments. My positive perception of TEACH-NOW was further strengthened when my district partnered with them. The exceptional personalized support we receive from the Moreland Team is invaluable as we collaboratively work toward shared goals.”

Rose Wilson
Human Resources Certification Manager, Clayton
County Public Schools

“Sometimes people make the assumption that there’s a cookie-cutter background they have to match. The worst thing they can do is discount their own experiences. A lot of times when we talk to career changers about their perspective and what they’re interested in teaching, they ask me about background. Does it match? It doesn’t have to match. You have to have a passion for kids — a desire to leave a legacy with them and to impact the next generation. Cause day in and day out you’ll have some rough days, but that passion is there. The background is secondary to your passion.”

Quiana Peterson
Instructional Recruitment Partner
Lake County Schools in Florida

“You should know it’s a sellers’ market. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t have a traditional teaching degree, school districts are looking for everyone — especially folks like you who have expertise and some things that folks who came out of traditional education preparation programs might not have. Folks who come out of these [traditional] educational preparation programs are 21, 22. They don’t have the same type of background that you have in terms of the professional field.”

Dr. Daman Harris
Manager, PDS Program and IHE Partnerships
Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland


Curious about what it takes to become a certified teacher in West Virginia? Discover the key requirements
you’ll need to meet to get your West Virginia teaching certification:

General Requirements

Explore the essential steps to certification — from earning a bachelor’s degree to passing certification exams to applying for WV teacher certification.


Testing Requirements

Understand the required exams, such as the Core Academic Skills, Principles of Teaching, and Content Knowledge Praxis Exams.


Teacher Education Requirements

Learn about the education pathways available to aspiring WV teachers, whether your degree is in education or another field.

Download this infographic to get a streamlined view of the steps to become a certified teacher in West Virginia.

Moreland’s high-quality programs designed with a unique global cohort model ignite innovation and collaboration
among instructors and fellow educators from around the world — equipping you with the knowledge, global network,
and skills to thrive as a teacher in West Virginia.

Moreland’s nine-month online teacher preparation certificate program helps you gain a 360-degree understanding of teaching and empowers you for teaching success in West Virginia.

  • Completable in 9 months
  • 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous
    engagement
  • Global cohort model
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans and financing options
  • Monthly start dates
  • Suitable for current and aspiring educators around the world
  • Option to add on an M.Ed. through Moreland University

Another pathway to certification in West Virginia is our online M.Ed. with teaching credential, which can be completed in 12 months — helping you level up your teaching career.

  • Completable in 12 months
  • 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous
    engagement
  • 6 specializations in impactful fields
  • Global cohort model
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans and financing options
  • Multiple start dates each year
  • Suitable for current and aspiring educators around the world

Need help deciding? Our admissions representatives are happy to chat 1:1 about your specific goals, interests, and needs — including financing options via Sallie Mae.


See what U.S. educators have to say about Moreland University:

“What I loved most about Moreland University was that they were very flexible, and the instructors were very supportive and very informative. Whenever I had questions, they were available and would respond…almost immediately. And they were very clear when they answered the question. It was such a great program to be a part of, especially when I was working full time as a teacher both when I got my certification and when I did the master’s add-on.”

Carisa Frisby
Arizona educator
M.Ed. Educational Research with Certificate graduate, 2021

“Moreland University’s programs, the instructors and staff, will work with a student when “life happens” as they understand that we are all balancing demanding careers, certification and/or master’s work and family needs as we complete our studies. The convenience was one of the major factors that attracted me to Moreland University, as well as the small cohort size, quality of instructors, not to mention the affordability. I changed careers after retiring early and I am very happy with the education that I have received, particularly as it relates to technology in the classroom. I am a better teacher, and more than qualified, as a result of Moreland University’s array of programs and degrees.”

Beth Gambrell
U.S. educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2023

“It is very accessible yet teaches hands-on practical things to future-teachers. I also made wonderful friends around the world in my cohort.”

Duo Chen
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2022

“The classroom has totally changed since I was a kid. All the technology, software, and tools available! I wanted to learn about that. Also, I wanted guidance on classroom management…The main appeal for me was that you can be anywhere in the world and take the classes and do the curriculum with Moreland University.”

Janie Mabe
Virginia educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2022

“What I like most about Moreland University is the ease of being able to connect online and having knowledgeable professors that constantly support you. Especially when English is your second language, and it is not easy for you to express yourself widely.”

Brenda Guerrero de Deniz
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2023

“As a graduate student at Moreland University, I benefit from the high-quality academic programs and rigorous standards of education. My instructors are renowned for their expertise, dedication to teaching, and commitment to fostering an engaging learning environment. My cohort provides a supportive and collaborative platform.”

Elizabeth Rakis
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2024



You’ve got questions about becoming a certified teacher in West Virginia, and we’ve got answers!

How do I become a teacher in West Virginia?

Teacher certification in West Virginia requires earning a bachelor’s degree, completing an approved educator preparation program — like such as Moreland University’s nine-month TEACH-NOW Teacher Preparation Certificate Program), passing scores on the certification exams, and a background check.

During your undergraduate program or through subsequent teacher preparation programs, you will need to satisfy requirements for hands-on educational experience. You can satisfy this requirement through student teaching, an approved education internship, or through past education experience. Moreland’s 9-month TEACH-NOW program includes 12 weeks of clinical learning (student teaching).

If you have questions about the process of getting your teaching certification in West Virginia, Moreland University admissions representatives would be happy to chat more. Give us a call at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at admissions@moreland.edu

What are the types of teaching certificates in West Virginia?

In West Virginia, there are several types of teaching certificates designed to accommodate different qualifications and career stages of educators. There are a few key teaching licensures in West Virigina that current and aspiring teachers should be aware of:

✓ Initial Professional Teaching Certificate: For new teachers, valid for three years.
✓ Professional Teaching Certificate: For experienced teachers, valid for five years.
✓ Temporary Teaching Certificate: For degree holders without teacher prep, valid for one year.
✓ Alternative Teaching Certificate: For non-education degree holders, valid for three years.
✓ Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate: For experienced teachers with a master’s degree, valid for life.
✓ Substitute Teaching Certificate: For substitute teachers, valid for one year.

If you’re considering teaching without certification, it’s essential to research the specific requirements and opportunities
available in West Virginia and consult with appropriate educational organizations for guidance.

What are the requirements for teacher certification in West Virginia?

To become a teacher in West Virginia, you must meet the following requirements:

✓ Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 2.5 GPA
✓ Have completed a state-approved teacher preparation program, such as Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program
✓ Pass the required PRAXIS certification exams, like the Core Academic Skills, Principles of Teaching, and Content
Knowledge exams.

✓ Pass a West Virginia specific background check
✓ Depending on the type of certification you’re seeking, there may be additional requirements such as completing certain coursework or demonstrating proficiency in specific teaching methods
✓ Apply for Certification with the West Virginia Department of Education’s Form 20B 
✓ Pay the $35 Application Fee

It’s important to note that requirements and procedures may change over time, so it’s advisable to check with the West
Virginia Department of Education for the most up-to-date information.

If you have further questions about the requirements for getting your teaching license in West Virginia, Moreland University admissions representatives would be happy to chat more. Give us a call at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at admissions@moreland.edu

What are the steps to get a professional teaching certification in West Virginia?

To get a professional teaching certificate in West Virginia, you’ll typically need to follow these steps:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree: Obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Complete an educator preparation program: Enroll in and complete an approved educator preparation program (EPP), like Moreland’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program. Moreland University is an approved EPP in West Virginia.
  3. Pass the required certification exams: Take and pass the required certification exams, such as the Core Academic Skills, Principles of Teaching, and Content Knowledge exams.
  4. Undergo a background check with fingerprinting: Pass a West Virginia specific background check
  5. Apply for licensure and complete Form 20B: Apply for Certification with the West Virginia Department of Education’s Form 20B

Depending on the type of certification you’re seeking, there may be additional requirements such as completing certain
coursework or demonstrating proficiency in specific teaching methods. Completing all necessary certification requirements and the steps outlined above, you can earn your professional teaching certificate in West Virginia.

It’s important to note that specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on factors such as the subject area, grade level, and type of certification. Be sure to check with check with the West Virginia Department of Educationwa or the most up-to-date information.

How do I maintain my West Virginia teaching certification?

To maintain your teaching certification in West Virginia, you typically need to fulfill certain requirements for renewal. Here are the general steps to maintain your West Virginia teaching certification:

Complete Continuing Education: Current teacher certification holders are required to complete 6 semester credits of college coursework or equivalent continuing education hours. A 3.0 GPA is required to qualify the coursework as continuing education credit. These requirements apply to the standard 3-year professional teaching certificate, specialty certificates with other terms may have other requirements.
Alternatives to Continuing Education Requirements: Instead of providing proof of the required continuing education hours, teachers can submit one of the following:   
      – A minimum of an MA+30 salary classification based on the awarding of a Master’s Degree.
– Sixty years of age and present a copy of your birth certificate or official government issued documentation.

Submit Renewal Application: Prior to the expiration of your certification, you’ll need to submit a renewal application to the West Virginia Department of Education.
Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about any changes or updates to the renewal requirements and procedures set forth by the West Virginia Department of Education. It’s important to stay up to date with any changes to ensure a smooth renewal process.

By completing these steps and fulfilling the renewal requirements, you can maintain your D.C. teaching certification and continue teaching in D.C. schools. Be sure to check with OSSE for the most current information and guidance regarding certification renewal.

How long does it take to become a certified teacher in West Virginia?

The timeline to become a certified teacher in West Virginia can vary depending on several factors, including your education and the type of certification you’re pursuing.

Both the traditional and alternative certification pathways require a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes four years of full-time study to earn (or longer if enrolled part time).

Those who have already completed their bachelor’s degree and would like to transition into teaching (or if you are already teaching and want to gain your official certification), will need to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.

While these programs can take more than a year to complete with coursework and field experience, certain programs — like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program, which is offered 100% online — take only 9 months to complete.

Before applying for certification, you’ll also need to pass the required certification exams and complete a background check. The time it takes to prepare for and pass the certification exams can vary, and the processing time for background checks can take up to a couple of months.

How much do West Virginia teachers make?

Pay for West Virginia educators can vary based on factors such as subject, grade, experience, and school district. However,the National Education Association reports that the average pay for a teacher in West Virginia as of 2024 is $52,870.

Those who pursue a master’s degree, which Moreland also offers options for, can often make even more money while increasing their career trajectory.

How much money can I make starting out as a teacher in West Virginia?

The National Education Association says the average starting salary for teachers in West Virginia is $40,339 and can vary depending on the district. This is typically for ~10 months of work as teachers get the summer and time during the year off.

Why should I choose Moreland University as a West Virginia educator?

There are many reasons Moreland University is a great option for current and aspiring educators in West Virginia.

Notably, Moreland University is accredited — ensuring our programs meet high standards of quality and are recognized by employers and state education agencies. Moreland University also has a strong reputation within West Virginia, the broader United States, and internationally for producing highly qualified educators, providing you credibility in the field.

Additionally, Moreland University offers a supportive online learning environment for current and aspiring West Virginia
teachers. With monthly start dates, experienced faculty, and expert support across the entire certification journey, Moreland University is a flexible and effective pathway to get your teaching certification in West Virginia or level-up your teaching career.

 

How can I learn more about becoming a certified teacher in West Virginia?

As an aspiring teacher in West Virginia, TeachWV is an invaluable resource that can guide you through the teacher certification process.

The TeachWV website is a resource provided by the state, in addition to the West Virginia Department of Education, and
provides comprehensive information on the steps to becoming a certified teacher, exam requirements, how to apply for a WV teaching license, and more. You can also find information on West Virginia educator preparation institute programs like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program if you are pursuing an alternative pathway to teacher certification in West Virginia.

We take great pride in being pioneers of online global teacher education and helping our candidates and alumni thrive.

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Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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CAEP is the principal accrediting body for schools of education in the United States. We were the first online program to be accredited by CAEP.

At Moreland University, we offer flexible programs with monthly cohort start dates, enabling you to apply and enroll at any time.

As an approved educator preparation program (EPP) provider in Arizona, Moreland can help Arizona educators get their teaching certification and thrive throughout their careers.

Learn more about how Moreland can support current and aspiring teachers in Arizona, or request more information to talk to an admissions representative about your specific needs and goals.