West Virginia State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

Discipline Audiologist
License/Certificate Audiologist
State Department West Virginia Board of Examiners forSpeech-Language Pathology & Audiology
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvspeechandaudiology.com/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework 1. Outline of the Academic Courses required for the basis of the master's Degree Equivalency. 1.a. At least 30 semester hours shall be in the areas of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Speech-Language and Hearing Science. 1.b. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists shall obtain at least 21 of these 42 semester hours from a single college or university. 1.c. No academic hours shall be completed more than 10 years prior to the date of application. 1.d. No more than 6 semester hours shall be obtained for clinical practicum. 2. In evaluation of credits, one-quarter hour is the equivalent of two-thirds of a semester hours. An applicant shall submit official transcripts to the Board for special evaluation if the transcript does not report credit in terms of semester or quarter hours. 3. An applicant shall complete a total of 60 additional semester hours of academic credit from accredited colleges or universities. These hours must demonstrate that the applicant has obtained a well- integrated program or course study dealing with the normal aspects of human communication,development, disorders, and clinical techniques for evaluation and management of such disorders. 4. Courses in Basic Communication Processes Area. 4.a. The applicant shall complete 15 of these 60 hours in courses that provide information pertaining to normal development and use in speech, language and hearing, hereafter referred to as the basic communication processes area. These 15 hours will provide the applicant with a wide exposure to diverse kinds of information. 5. The applicant shall obtain 30 of these 60 semester hours in courses that provide: 5.a. information relative to communication disorders; 5.b. information about and training in evaluation and management of speech, language and hearing disorders; and 5.c. At least 24 of these 30 semester hours shall be in courses in the major professional area (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) for which licensure is requested At least 6 hours shall be in audiology for licensure in speech-language pathology and at least 6 hours shall be in speech-language pathology for licensure in audiology, hereafter referred to as the minor professional area. 6. Professional Education Hours Required for Audiology. 6.a. The 24 semester hours of professional education required for licensure in audiology should be in the broad, but not necessarily exclusive, categories of study 6.b. At least 6 semester hours shall deal with auditory pathology and at least 6 semester hours shall deal with habilitation/rehabilitation. 6.c.The remaining 6 semester hours of the 30 shall be in the minor professional area of speech-language pathology. Of these 6 semester hours, three semester hours shall be in speech pathology, and three semester hours shall be in language pathology. It is suggested that where only this minimum requirement of 6 semester hours is met, that the study be in the areas of evaluation procedures and management of speech and language problems that are not associated with hearing impairment. 7. Related Areas of Study. 7.a. In addition to the 15 semester hours of course study in basic communication processes, the 24 semester hours in the major professional area, and the 6 semester hours in the minorprofessional area, credit for study of information pertaining to related fields that augment the work of the clinical practitioner of speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology may also apply toward the total 60 semester hours, hereafter referred to as related areas. Such study should pertain to the understanding of human behavior, both normal and abnormal, as well as services available from related professions, and in general should augment the background for a professional career. Detailed information is in the link listed above.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 1. All applicants shall complete 350 clock hours to complete the academic clinical practicum requirement. 350 clock hours are required in the following manner: a. At least 250 of these hours shall be in the area for which licensure is requested. b. At least 50 hours shall be in three different types of clinical settings (i.e., medical offices, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals. etc.). 2. For licensure in Audiology the applicant shall obtain at least 40 hours in the following two categories: a. Evaluation of hearing in children; and b. Evaluation of hearing in adults. 3. At least 80 hours shall be obtained in the following two categories: a. Selection and use of amplification and assistive listening devices for children; and b. Selection and use of amplification and assistive listening devices for adults. c. At least 10 additional hours shall be completed in any of categories 10.3.a.1; 10.3.a.2; 10.3.b.1 through 10.3.b.3. 4. At least 20 of the 250 hours shall be obtained in the treatment of hearing disorders in children and adults. 5. Up to 20 hours in the major area may be in related disorders and at least 35 of the 350 clock hours shall be in speech-language pathology divided into the following two categories: a. At least 15 of those hours shall involve the evaluation of screening of individuals for speech and language disorders unrelated to hearing; and b. At least 15 of those hours shall involve the treatment of speech and language disorders unrelated to hearing impairment. *Any person who has completed a clinical doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from an accredited institution fulfills the requirement for the Clinical Practicum requirements.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Pass the national examination in audiology by ETS, 600; and 2. Pass a jurisprudence examination developed by the board.

Clinical Psychologist

Discipline Clinical Psychologist
License/Certificate Psychologist
State Department The West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvpsychbd.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Masters level applicant: Fifty (50) Hours of graduate level psychology course work must be completed for a master's degree to meet Board standards. Required Core Graduate Level Course work includes, but is not limited to, all of the following areas: clinical interviewing, diagnosis and treatment planning, psychopathology, biological bases of behavior, ethics, assessment of children and adults, individual psychotherapy, clinical practicum, clinical internship, and tests and measures. Doctoral level applicant: Core Courses Required: Required core graduate level course work includes, but is not limited to, all of the following areas: clinical interviewing, diagnosis and treatment planning, psychopathology, biological bases of behavior, ethics, assessment of children and adults, individual psychotherapy, clinical practicum, clinical internship, and tests and measures.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), the passing score is set at 500 or higher.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Discipline Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist
License/Certificate Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PreK - Adult)
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - Adult
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172; 2. Praxis Test: 0622 Principles of Learning & Teaching (K-6) 160
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Special Education Alternative Programs Two types of alternative routes to certification exist for individuals wishing to serve as special educators in West Virginia. The first type leads to a special education certification. The second type provides a route for individuals who hold or are working to obtain a specialization in special education to complete the requirements for a restricted content endorsement(s) in biology, English, general science, mathematics and/or social studies in order to partially fulfill the requirements of the "highly qualified teacher" definition.

Early Childhood Education (PreK-K)

Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Early Education (PreK-K)
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172 2. Praxis II Content Test: 0531 PreK-Kindergarten Education-155 3. Principles of Learning and Teaching Praxis Test that includes at least a portion of the grade levels indicated on the anticipated license.
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary The WVDE has begun developing and implementing alternative routes to teacher certification in conjunction with institutions of higher education which currently offer WVBE-approved traditional teacher preparation programs.

Early Childhood Educator (PreK-PreK)

Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Preschool Education (PreK-PreK)
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - PreK
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172; 2. Principles of Learning and Teaching Praxis Test that includes at least a portion of the grade levels indicated on the anticipated license.
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary The WVDE has begun developing and implementing alternative routes to teacher certification in conjunction with institutions of higher education which currently offer WVBE-approved traditional teacher preparation programs.

Early Childhood Special Educator Developmental Specialist

Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Developmental Specialist
State Department the West Virginia Early Intervention Coordinating Council and West Virginia Birth to Three in the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Bureau for Public Health, Department of Health and Human Resources
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/professionals.asp
Type of License/Certificate Unspecified
Age Range Birth - 3 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's

Early Childhood Special Educator Preschool Special Needs (PreK-K)

Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Preschool Special Needs (PreK-K)
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172 2. Praxis II Content Test: 0690 Preschool/Early Childhood-550 3. Principles of Learning and Teaching Praxis Test that includes at least a portion of the grade levels indicated on the anticipated license.
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Special Education Alternative Programs Two types of alternative routes to certification exist for individuals wishing to serve as special educators in West Virginia. The first type leads to a special education certification. The second type provides a route for individuals who hold or are working to obtain a specialization in special education to complete the requirements for a restricted content endorsement(s) in biology, English, general science, mathematics and/or social studies in order to partially fulfill the requirements of the "highly qualified teacher" definition.

Family Therapist

Discipline Family Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
State Department The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvbec.org/becominganmft.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The marriage and family therapy coursework completed must be an organized course of study that includes at least one three hour graduate course in each of these eight areas of marriage and family therapy: (a) Marriage and family studies: Courses in this area should present a fundamental introduction to marriage and family studies. The student should learn to think across a wide variety of family structures and a diverse range of issues (i.e. gender, culture, and substance abuse). Topic areas may include but not limited to: family development, subsystems, blended families, gender issues in families, cultural issues in families; (b) Systems theory: Courses in this area should address the historical development, theoretical and empirical foundations, and contemporary conceptual directions of the field of marriage and family therapy; (c) Research: Courses in this area should assist the student in understanding and performing research. Topic areas may include: research methodology, qualitative and quantitative methods, and statistics; (d) Professional ethics: Courses in this area must include the "American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy" (AAMFT) code of ethics, confidentiality and liabilities of clinical practice and research, professional ethics as a marriage and family therapist, professional socialization and the role of the professional organization, licensure or certification legislation, independent practice and inter professional cooperation. Religious ethics courses and moral theology courses do not meet this requirement; (e) Human growth and development: Courses in this area should provide knowledge of personality development and its normal and abnormal manifestations. The student should have relevant coursework in human development across the lifespan, which includes special issues that should be integrated with systems concepts. Topic areas may include but are not limited to: human development, psychopathology, personality theory, human sexuality. Test and measurement courses do not meet this requirement; (f) Appraisal of individuals and families: includes individual and family differences, methods of data gathering and interpretation, individual, family and group testing, and case study; (g) Principles of etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior. The marriage and family therapy coursework completed must include four courses in marriage and family therapy. Courses in this area should have a major focus on advanced marital or family systems and systemic therapeutic interventions. This area is intended to provide a substantive understanding of the major theories of systems change and the applied practices evolving from each theoretical orientation. Major theoretical approaches include but are not limited to: strategic, structural, object relations, behavioral, intergenerational, and systemic sex therapy.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Includes a supervised training experience consisting of the provision of marriage and family therapy to clients and is acceptable to the Board; (i) Minimum twelve months, supervised clinical practicum with three hundred hours of direct contact with individuals, couples, and families; (ii) Fifty percent of the three hundred hours must be with couples and families present.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? The Martial and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) is the organization that provides the exam for individuals seeking licensure in West Virginia as a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Cannot find the passing score.

Nurse

Discipline Nurse
License/Certificate Registered Professional Nurses
State Department The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvrnboard.com/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Associate's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The board suggests the following subjects and combined classroom and clinical instructional hours: 1. Principles and Fundamentals 200 2. Social Sciences Integrated 150 3. Body Structure 60 4. Nutrition and Diet Therapy 40 5. Pharmacology 80 6. **Medical-Surgical 450 7. Geriatrics 100 8. Mental Health 100 9. Obstetrics 60 10. Pediatrics 60 Total Instructional Hours 1 ,300 * To include ethical and legal responsibilities such as advance directives, advocacy, professional boundaries, confidentiality, client rights, organ donation, informed consent, incident reporting, resource management, scope of practice, delegation/assignment, leadership, legal standards, endorsement, continuing competence, and grounds for disciplinary action including procedures and penalties. ** To include prevention and early detection of health problems.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The board suggests the following subjects and combined classroom and clinical instructional hours: 1. Principles and Fundamentals 200 2. Social Sciences Integrated 150 3. Body Structure 60 4. Nutrition and Diet Therapy 40 5. Pharmacology 80 6. **Medical-Surgical 450 7. Geriatrics 100 8. Mental Health 100 9. Obstetrics 60 10. Pediatrics 60 Total Instructional Hours 1 ,300 The above suggested hours include clinical experience.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), cannot find a score on the exam website (a sample Candidate Performance Report" notes that a candidate performs "below the passing standard" and the # of questions answered if the candidate fails, but no passing standard is specified)"
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and licensed as a Registered Nurse by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Is called "Initial Professional Student Support Certificate for School Nurse". Age range: PreK-adult Listed below are the three (3) pathways to be eligible for the Initial Professional Student Support Certificate valid for three years is issued for School Nurse. * 1. The applicant holds Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited institution, AND holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, AND has successfully completed an accredited School Nurse Program. 2. The applicant holds a master's degree in nursing from an accredited institution of higher education, AND holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, AND holds a valid national certification in school nursing from the National Board of Certification of School Nurses, Inc. 3. The applicant holds a master's degree in nursing from an accredited institution of higher education, AND 2) holds a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners, AND 3) holds a valid national certification in an area recognized by the West Virginia Department of Education for School Nurse. Areas include but are not limited to: school nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, clinical specialist in community health nursing, clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nursing, and advanced nursing administration. *Exceptions - A School Nurse who is employed on a Full-Time/First-Class Permit is not required to have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree for issuance for the original Permit. Evidence of a valid R. N. license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners is required. School nurse will also need to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172."

Occupational Therapist

Discipline Occupational Therapist
License/Certificate Licensure-Occupational Therapist Registered
State Department The West Virginia Board of Occupational Therapy
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvbot.org/2.0/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? The examination may be administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) or another nationally recognized credentialing body as approved by the board. NBCOT exam, 450 is the passing score.

Physical Therapist

Discipline Physical Therapist
License/Certificate Physical therapist
State Department West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvbopt.com/index.cfm
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 600.

School Psychologist – The West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate School Psychologist
State Department The West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvpsychbd.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Praxis Examination: Passing scores are determined by the National Association of School Psychologists, which state, Applicants must achieve a passing score (165) on the National School Psychologist Test administered by the Educational Testing Service. 2. Oral Examination: After completing the required number of supervision hours and at least 2 or 3 years of full time supervision, Supervised-School Psychologists are eligible to sit for an oral examination, which shall cover such matters as professional ethics, legal issues, competency, professionalism, knowledge and judgment, and to assure that the applicant appropriately limits the scope of independent practice to the extent of the applicant's training and supervision experience.

School Psychologist – West Virginia Department of Education

Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate School Psychologist
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - Adult
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172 2. Praxis II Content Test: 0401 School Psychologist-148

Social Worker – Certified

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Certified Social Worker
State Department West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Passage of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist level state social work examination. All ASWB examination scores are reported as pass/fail, with the number of questions needed to pass the examination, and because test questions change from one administration to the next, statistical adjustments must be made to account for small differences in the overall difficulty of individual examinations.

Social Worker – Graduate

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Graduate Social Worker
State Department West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Passage of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Intermediate level state social work examination. All ASWB examination scores are reported as pass/fail, with the number of questions needed to pass the examination, and because test questions change from one administration to the next, statistical adjustments must be made to account for small differences in the overall difficulty of individual examinations.

Social Worker – Independent Clinical

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Independent Clinical Social Worker
State Department West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The applicant must have completed a graduate course in either psychopathology or abnormal psychology or other course found equivalent by the Board. This course requirement may be a part of or in addition to courses completed in the MSW program.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The applicant must have completed a supervised clinical field placement at the graduate level (but the link to the legislative rules is broken, cannot find specific info).
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Passage of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical level state social work examination. All ASWB examination scores are reported as pass/fail, with the number of questions needed to pass the examination, and because test questions change from one administration to the next, statistical adjustments must be made to account for small differences in the overall difficulty of individual examinations.

Social Worker

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Social Worker
State Department West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Passage of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Basic level state social work examination. All ASWB examination scores are reported as pass/fail, with the number of questions needed to pass the examination, and because test questions change from one administration to the next, statistical adjustments must be made to account for small differences in the overall difficulty of individual examinations.

Speech Language Pathologist – West Virginia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Discipline Speech Language Pathologist
License/Certificate Speech-Language Pathologist
State Department West Virginia Board of Examiners forSpeech-Language Pathology & Audiology
State Department Hyperlink http://www.wvspeechandaudiology.com/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework 1. Outline of the Academic Courses required for the basis of the master's Degree Equivalency. 1.a. At least 30 semester hours shall be in the areas of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Speech-Language and Hearing Science. 1.b. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists shall obtain at least 21 of these 42 semester hours from a single college or university. 1.c. No academic hours shall be completed more than 10 years prior to the date of application. 1.d. No more than 6 semester hours shall be obtained for clinical practicum. 2. In evaluation of credits, one-quarter hour is the equivalent of two-thirds of a semester hours. An applicant shall submit official transcripts to the Board for special evaluation if the transcript does not report credit in terms of semester or quarter hours. 3. An applicant shall complete a total of 60 additional semester hours of academic credit from accredited colleges or universities. These hours must demonstrate that the applicant has obtained a well- integrated program or course study dealing with the normal aspects of human communication,development, disorders, and clinical techniques for evaluation and management of such disorders. 4. Courses in Basic Communication Processes Area. 4.a. The applicant shall complete 15 of these 60 hours in courses that provide information pertaining to normal development and use in speech, language and hearing, hereafter referred to as the basic communication processes area. These 15 hours will provide the applicant with a wide exposure to diverse kinds of information. 5. The applicant shall obtain 30 of these 60 semester hours in courses that provide: 5.a. information relative to communication disorders; 5.b. information about and training in evaluation and management of speech, language and hearing disorders; and 5.c. At least 24 of these 30 semester hours shall be in courses in the major professional area (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) for which licensure is requested At least 6 hours shall be in audiology for licensure in speech-language pathology and at least 6 hours shall be in speech-language pathology for licensure in audiology, hereafter referred to as the minor professional area. 6. Professional Education Hours Required for Speech-Language Pathology. 6.a. The 24 semester hours of professional education required for licensure in speech- language pathology should be in the broad, but not necessarily exclusive, categories of study. 6.b. At least 6 semester hours shall deal with speech disorders and at least 6 semester hoursshall deal with language disorders. 6.c. The remaining 6 semester hours of the 30 shall be in the minor professional area of audiology. Of these 6 semester hours, 3 semester hours shall be in the habilitative/rehabilitative procedures with speech and language problems associated with hearing impairment, and 3 semester hours shall be in study of the pathologies of the auditory system and assessment of auditory disorders. However, when more than the minimum 6 semester hours is met, study of habilitative/rehabilitative procedures may be counted in the major professional area. 7. Related Areas of Study. 7.a. In addition to the 15 semester hours of course study in basic communication processes, the 24 semester hours in the major professional area, and the 6 semester hours in the minorprofessional area, credit for study of information pertaining to related fields that augment the work of the clinical practitioner of speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology may also apply toward the total 60 semester hours, hereafter referred to as related areas. Such study should pertain to the understanding of human behavior, both normal and abnormal, as well as services available from related professions, and in general should augment the background for a professional career. Detailed information is in the link listed above.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 1. All applicants shall complete 350 clock hours to complete the academic clinical practicum requirement. 350 clock hours are required in the following manner: a. At least 250 of these hours shall be in the area for which licensure is requested. b. At least 50 hours shall be in three different types of clinical settings (i.e., medical offices, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals. etc.). 2. For licensure in Speech-Language Pathology the applicant shall obtain at least 20 hours ineach of the following eight categories: a. Evaluation of speech disorders in children; b. Evaluation of speech disorders in adults; c. Evaluation of language disorders in children; d. Evaluation of language disorders in adults; e. Treatment of speech disorders in children; f. Treatment of speech disorders in adults; g. Treatment of language disorders in children; and h. Treatment of language disorders in adults; i. Up to 20 clock hours in the major professional area may be in related disorders. 3. At least 35 of the 350 hours shall be in Audiology divided into the following two categories: a. At least 15 of these hours shall involve the evaluation or screening of hearing; and b. At least 15 hours of these hours shall involve the habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals who have hearing impairment.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Pass the national examination in speech-language pathology by ETS, 600; and 2. Pass a jurisprudence examination developed by the board.

Speech Language Pathologist – West Virginia Department of Education

Discipline Speech Language Pathologist
License/Certificate Speech-Language Pathologist
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - Adult
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172 2. Praxis II Content Test: 0330 Speech Language Pathology-600

Vision Specialist

Discipline Vision Specialist
License/Certificate Visually Impaired (PreK - Adult)
State Department West Virginia Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/certification.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - Adult
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [called Praxis I]: 0710 Reading-174; 0720 Writing-172; 0730 Math-172; 2. 0281Teaching Students with Visual Impairments-154; 3. Praxis Test: 0622 Principles of Learning & Teaching (K-6) 160
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Special Education Alternative Programs Two types of alternative routes to certification exist for individuals wishing to serve as special educators in West Virginia. The first type leads to a special education certification. The second type provides a route for individuals who hold or are working to obtain a specialization in special education to complete the requirements for a restricted content endorsement(s) in biology, English, general science, mathematics and/or social studies in order to partially fulfill the requirements of the "highly qualified teacher" definition.