How to Become a Substitute Teacher in West Virginia

If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in West Virginia, the following information will help guide you through the process. There are two types of certifications for substitute teachers in West Virginia: short-term substitute teaching permits and long-term substitute teaching permits. A short-term substitute is someone who fills a position for 30 days or less. This requires a short-term substitute permit. A long-term substitute is someone who fills a position for more than 30 days. This requires a long-term substitute permit. Information on the requirements of each can be found below.

West Virginia Substitute Teacher Requirements

In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in West Virginia, you must meet the following general requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be physically, mentally, and emotionally qualified to perform duties
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the first day of October of the year in which the license is issued
  • Clear both a State Police and FBI background report
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.0 is required for a substitute certification (Long-term substitute teachers require a GPA of 2.0 in each endorsement area)


For a short-term substitute teaching certificate, you must possess a bachelor’s degree, have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and receive recommendation from the superintendent of the county where you wish to substitute teach. In addition, you must take three days (18 clock hours) of training.

Because substitute teaching is handled by the school district, you should contact the specific school district that you wish to teach within for complete details of requirements and procedures for substitute teaching. A list of West Virginia School Districts can be found here.

Get Your West Virginia Fingerprint Clearance Card

All substitute teachers must complete a fingerprint clearance card for a state and FBI background check. Fill out the fingerprint card request form. Once you receive the fingerprint card, please take it to a local police station and request that they assist you in the process. Be sure to complete the back of the card, including your signature, and submit it with your initial application to the WVDE. Submit the completed fingerprint card with your application for substitute teaching.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Once you've contacted the school district where you want to teach, complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts, fingerprint clearance and supporting documents.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your fingerprint clearance to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in West Virginia.

Substitute Teacher Pay in West Virginia

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district as well as education level and experience. This West Virginia State Minimum Teacher Salary scale can provide you with a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an West Virginia classroom. In general, for an assignment lasting 1-10 days, you'll make 80% of what a teacher with no experience will make. For 11 or more days, it's 80% of what your experience level would pay you as a teacher.

In addition to these figures, according to the West Virginia Department of Education, the average pay rate for substitute teachers is $135/day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in West Virginia

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in West Virginia, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of West Virginia schools districts here.

Substitute Teacher Resources

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation
Building 6, Room 252
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
(304) 558-7010

West Virginia Education Association

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