Prince William County School license holders have the option of paying Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) licensure fees electronically. Follow instructions at the Electronic License Fee Payment 2020欧洲杯积分webpage when you are ready to send your next licensure request to the PWCS Office of Certification. 

The license renewal process for 2020 renewable license holders will begin January 1, 2020. You are encouraged to complete your license renewal requirements and use the electronic payment portal to pay the license renewal fee and expedite the license renewal process. Learn more about the License Renewal Process.


2020欧洲杯积分Congratulations on becoming an educator with PWCS. We trust this will be an opportunity for you to make a difference in our school community by fostering a desire to learn and to show genuine care to the students of our great school division. Your role is important and you should be proud of the profession you have chosen!

As with all great professions of importance, there are licensure requirements associated with your assignment that must be completed. The Code of Virginia requires a Virginia Department of Education issued license in order to be paid with public funds. The Office of Certification is here to guide you through this process. Upon completion, your earned, original License Certificate will be provided for you to proudly display or frame as a reminder of your achievements and future goals.

It is the responsibility of the license holder to maintain a valid license issued by the Virginia Board of Education.

License Number Look Up - Use
Go to My Info/Licenses and Certification to find your VDOE issued license number when needed. Your login and password for ESS is the same as your PWCS login information. 



Virginia Department of Education News and Updates

New Routes to Licensure for adding Special Education if a valid license issued by the Virginia Department of Education is currently held in other endorsement areas. 

Special Educ - General Curriculum Middle Grades 6-8 (add-on)

Post-Graduate and Collegiate Professional License holders may add some endorsements by taking the approved Praxis II. Does not apply to Special Education or Elementary Education or for those who hold a technical professional license, vocational evaluator license, pupil personnel services license, school manager license, or division superintendent license.

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2020欧洲杯积分Interested in Elementary Education? New licensure criteria for an alternative route to licensure available to school divisions if the approved Praxis II for Elementary Education(test code 5001) has been passed for all Praxis II Elementary sub-tests including English (5002), Math (5003), History/Social Studies (5004) and Science (5005).

Use the worksheet to perform a self-analysis of your completed course work:

Elementary Pk-6 Worksheet (Word) 



PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: The application for teacher licensure in Virginia requires that you provide your social security number. Section 22.1-296.4 of the Code of Virginia requires a check of the registry of founded complaints of child abuse and neglect in Virginia and other states. A social security number is required for this search. In addition, Virginia is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and uses their clearinghouse to check for licensure revocation, suspension, denial, and reinstatement in other states. Virginia also provides information to the clearinghouse regarding licensure revocation, suspension, denial, and reinstatement in Virginia. The social security number is used for the clearinghouse and was required prior to 1975. The Virginia Department of Education will not release your social security number except in reporting cases of licensure revocation, suspension, denial and reinstatement as noted above. 

Electronic Fee Payment

Become familiar with the license holder responsibility and the administrator's role in the License Renewal process or access the Virginia License Renewal Manual for guidance:

License Renewal
Administrator's Role (PDF)

Obtain the instructions and forms for adding endorsements or degrees to your license:

Adding Endorsements
Adding Degree

Check the "Alpha Roster" for your name to verify licensure requests were processed by the PWCS Office of Certification and sent to the VDOE on your behalf or check the VDOE Query to see the current license status for you or school staff:

Alpha Roster (Excel)

Learn more about Virginia assessments. If you hold a Collegiate or Post Graduate Professional license, you may add some endorsements to your license by taking and passing the required Praxis II assessment with no additional course work:

Adding Endorsement

Obtain forms and instructions to apply for a Salary Upgrade to BA+15, MA, MA+30 or Doctorate. Salary Upgrades processed twice a year with deadline dates of September 30 and January 31. Locate approved Virginia licensure programs that lead to a salary upgrade and additional endorsements:

Salary Upgrade