West Virginia Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions
West Virginia accepts direct applications for licensure from those who have completed an out-of-state, approved administrator preparation program, like WGU's Masters in Educational Leadership. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for West Virginia licensure. You may also reference the West Virginia Department of Education website for this application information.
Step 1: If you do not hold a current WV teaching license, you must request a fingerprint card by filling out the online request form. Complete the fingerprinting process at a local police station or county board of education office, as directed in the instructions accompanying the card. You must also download the Release of Information form (Form 7), fill it out, and sign it. This form must accompany your fingerprint card in the application packet.
Step 2: Obtain an official WGU transcript verifying completion of your Masters in Educational Leadership program. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 3: Download the Character Reference form (Form 4B). This form is required if you are not currently employed by a WV county board of education and should verify three years of management-level experience. If you are employed in a educational setting, please obtain the recommendation of your immediate supervisor. However, if you are not employed in an educational setting, you can obtain a recommendation from an employer or community leader.
Step 4: Download a Professional Administrative Certificate Application Form (Form 19A). Fill out Part 1 with your personal information, Part 2 with your background information, and sign and date Part 3. In Part 3 you will also need to list the other forms you are including in your application: Form 7 and Form 4B (if applicable).
Step 5: If you are currently employed in a WV public school system, then you need to have Part 4 on page1 and Part 3 on page 2 completed by the superintendent.
Step 6: On the second page of the application form, indicate that you are applying for an initial administrative certificate, check Option 2 in Part 1a. Fax or scan and email the application form to the WGU Certification Officer at the contact information below for completion of the second page. Email attachments should be in pdf format.
The Certification Officer will return the form to you as a pdf file for inclusion in your application packet.
You must also include verification that you have completed the Evaluation Leadership Institute (ELI) required for all Administrator Certificates. If you do not have a copy of your certificate of completion, you may request a letter verifying you have completed the workshop by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and including your mailing address.
Step 7: Compile your application packet:
1. Completed application form, including the completed institutional recommendation on page 2;
2. Official WGU transcripts;
3. Fingerprint card (if applicable);
4. Supplemental forms 7 and 4B (if applicable);
5. Application fee in the form of check or money order made payable to the West Virginia Department of Education.
Step 8: Mail your complete application packet to:
West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation
Building 6, Room 252
1900 Kanawha Boulevard
East Charleston, WV 25305
Article Number : 20310, 1695