The Education Department (Teacher-Preparation Program) is designed for students who wish to pursue certification leading to licensure in Elementary Education (K-6, Multi-Subjects), Secondary Education (5-Adult Content Specialization), and/or Special Education. Students pursuing secondary certification (Grade 5-Adult) complete coursework in three areas: (1) core curriculum, (2) the professional education component, and (3) content specialization. Students majoring in Secondary Education will choose an emphasis in English, General Science, Math, or Social Studies. Those who wish to pursue certification in Elementary Education will major in Elementary Education (LSEE). Early field experiences in local schools complement content-rich University coursework, leading successful candidates to initial certification in West Virginia with reciprocity to most other states.
Student must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams in order to be accepted into the Education Department. Additionally, students must possess and subsequently maintain a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 overall. Once admitted to the Education Department, students must maintain an average of a 3.0 GPA in the major, as well as in Education and Psychology courses. Also, prior to student teaching, students must pass the praxis content exams.
In order to obtain teacher certification in West Virginia, students must successfully complete all required national Praxis examinations through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and complete an undergraduate teacher preparation program. Upon completion of the program the student will be able to demonstrate competency in the following standards:
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