Substitute Teacher Training

Online Substitute Teacher Training

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Are you interested in earning an initial substitute teaching permit or renewing an existing substitute teaching permit? RESA 2 can help!

According to WV Board of Education Policy 5202, a candidate meeting the minimum requirements is eligible to complete the 18 required hours of substitute training needed to acquire a short-term substitute permit. These hours can be completed through the RESA 2 online Substitute Training Course. In addition, candidates can complete the 12 online hours necessary to renew a short-term substitute permit through the RESA 2 Substitute Training Course.

Minimum Candidate Requirements

According to WV Policy 5202, to acquire an initial short-term substitute permit, the candidate must, at a minimum, complete the following requirements:

§  Obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and

§  Graduated with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.0.

Participant Procedures for Application

Visit the RESA 2 Workshops Schedule to view available courses. These courses are offered monthly. Select a training cycle (either New or Recertification) and follow these steps:

  1. Register for the RESA 2 Substitute Training Course online.
  2. Mail or deliver a cashier’s check or money order to RESA 2 (fee information is included in the course registration).
  3. Once payment is received, you will gain access to the course. The new substitute training course is comprised of 12 hours of online modules and 6 hours of classroom observations. The substitute recertification training course is comprised of 12 hours of online modules.
  4. Earn the minimum passing score on all quizzes, the final exam, and the Guided Classroom Observation (initial) or Reflection (recertification) Form.


Upon passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from RESA 2. You will take this certificate (along with other required documentation such as transcripts, employment application, etc.) to the county in which you would like to substitute teach.

The county will submit your information to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) for issuance of a temporary substitute teaching permit.

All employment decisions are made at the county level. Completion of the RESA 2 Substitute Training Course does not guarantee employment with any county. 


Validity Period

Successful candidates will acquire an initial short-term substitute permit valid for three years; the permit expires on June 30 of the third year. Note that completion of training and observations does not guarantee either certification or employment as a substitute teacher with the county board of education.

Questions regarding RESA 2 online substitute training may be addressed to Jessica George at or (304) 529-6205, x 21.