Becoming a Substitute Teacher


Some Information on EPIC Online Substitute Teacher Training

  • The cost to take one of our classes is $150.00 which is paid by the applicant.

  • EPIC offers separate classes for new and renewal candidates that are completely self-paced and completed online via Google Classroom, so they can use a computer, tablet, or phone as long as they have internet access.

  • Your county doesn’t have to be a member of our ESC for candidates to take our classes. They are open to anyone across the state with open enrollment at any time.

  • EPIC updated our classes this year to include trauma-informed best practices and continues to provide all of the state’s required topics as well as a language and literacy piece that meets the elementary ed long-term permit requirement. Additionally, we have virtual observations of more than 20 diverse classrooms embedded within the class so they can see modeled instruction of many different subjects/grade levels from a variety of educators.

  • Candidates have up to 30 days to pass the course, but most are able to complete everything within just a few days. We promptly provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion directly to the candidate as well as the candidate’s county contact if requested.

To get started with the EPIC Online Substitute Teacher Training, please visit the EPIC Website (LINK).



The West Virginia Department of Education strives to attract individuals from all walks of life who are intelligent, creative, skilled, responsible and compassionate with a desire to begin educational career paths. These individuals complete state-approved educator preparation programs to become a part of our school districts. In West Virginia, teachers are provided opportunities for professional growth from the time they are inducted until they become experts of their profession. Our educators are making a difference in their communities every day by nurturing and shaping the minds of tomorrow and our schools are working to ensure that all students experience successes, think critically and recognize the value of life-long learning.

To get started with TeachWV, please visit our TeachWV website (LINK).


West Virginia Learns

To get started with West Virginia Learns, please visit our WV Learns website (LINK).