How to Become a Teacher's Aide in West Virginia

Teachers' aides provide assistance to teachers in the classroom and help to guide students when they need a little more help. Being an extra pair of ears or a helping hand can be much appreciated for a busy teacher. This article will look at how you can become a paraprofessional in West Virginia.

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If you're curious about becoming a teaching assistant in the state of Virginia, this article will explain the important steps and requirements needed. Become one of the 3,890 teachers assistants employed in 2017 in West Virginia, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Requirements for West Virginia Teachers' Aides

Average Salary for Teachers' Aides in West Virginia (2017)* $24,640
Required Degree High School Diploma or Equivalent
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements Core Academic Skills for Educators exams, West Virginia State Competency Exam for Classroom Aides

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Teachers' aides, or paraprofessionals, in West Virginia have a bit of a unique set-up. While a high school diploma or equivalent is all that is necessary to find a position as an aide, you must complete other education requirements to keep the position and earn licensure. For instance, you will need six credit hours completed in one of the core areas: English, math, science, or social studies. You will also need to complete three semester hours in classroom management, special education, computer literacy, human growth and development and other electives.

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Step 2: Complete Required Exams

One of the primary requirements for teachers' aides is that they have background knowledge in reading writing, and math. This can be completed through three semester hours of each subject, but it can also be proven through the Core Academic Skills for Educators exams. These are three different exams offered through Praxis on each subject: math, reading, and writing. Each of these exams is set up differently and requires different passing scores.

Exam Testing Time Questions Passing Score
Reading 85 Minutes 56 multiple-choice 156
Writing 100 Minutes 40 Multiple choice, two essays 162
Math 85 Minutes 56 multiple-choice and numeric entry 150

You will also need to complete a state competency exam, which will be set up by the county and school district. It will be a written and performance assessment. You will also be provided with a day of training prior to the exam.

Step 3: Fingerprint and Background Check

Finally, once you have completed all of your education and testing requirements, you'll need to also provide a fingerprint for a background check. You can do this using paper fingerprints; however, if you go to a local LiveScan location for a digital fingerprint, your results will be returned more quickly. With these fingerprints, the FBI and the state police will run a criminal background check on you.

West Virginia Teachers' Aides Certification Resources

Though you may not feel you need it, we all need some help with studying for exams. The links below will take you to a resource full of study guides and test prep materials to get you ready for those core exams.

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