4-Year Elementary Education

BA Elementary Education Program Description

​The BA in Elementary Education program is a traditional, 4 year program on-campus at West Virginia University that  prepares students to earn a teaching certification in multi-subjects grades K-6 upon graduation. As part of the program, students complete work in local, public school placements for 4 semesters before the final, student teaching semester.  This field and clinical experience totals over 600 hours in the classroom.  The BA in Elementary Education program values the learning that happens not only in the WVU classrooms, but also in the application of these lessons in the field. This is why students graduate with hundreds of hours of practice and experience teaching.

In addition to an emphasis on experience in local schools, the BA in Elementary Education program is committed to high academic standards at the state and national levels.  Program faculty work with national accreditation standards and contribute to the profession at university, state, and national levels. This work involves exploration of technology, diversity, global initiatives, and culturally responsive teaching, facilitated by faculty who are leaders in research, teaching, and service. 

The BA in Elementary Education program also allows the space for students to find their individual areas of interest, for which many pursue a Master's degree.  Students in the BA in Elementary Education program can begin working as a classroom teacher after graduation while simultaneously earning their graduate degree.  Many of our Master’s degrees are offered online, like Special Education, Literacy Education, School Counseling, Advanced Elementary Education, and more.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Program

Program Description

High school and other students interested in a career in elementary education can apply and be directly admitted to the BA Elementary Education program.  As part of this program, students complete course work that makes them eligible for West Virginia teacher certification, multi-subjects grades K-6.  By the time students graduate, they will have spent over 600 hours in the field.

Admission Requirements:
Incoming Freshmen

Direct Admission

3.0 GPA (High school)
AND

26 ACT
OR
SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math Section 1240 (post-March 2016 test sitting)
OR
Passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis CORE test.

More information about the Praxis CORE can be found at https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/. Any student seeking teacher licensure is required to take this test.

Pre-Elementary Education Admission

If you do not meet the direct admission requirements, above, you can begin applicable course work as a Pre-Elementary Education student, if you meet the following requirements:

2.75 GPA (High School)
AND

20 ACT
OR
SAT Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math Section 1020 (post-March 2016 test sitting)

Once admitted as a Pre-Elementary Education student, successful completion of the following will allow the student to advance into the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program.

  • Pass the EDUC 191 course with a grade of "B" or better; and
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75; and
  • Pass all three sections (Reading, Writing, Math) of Praxis CORE by April 1 of Freshman year.

Admission Requirements: Current WVU undergraduate students and students transferring from another college/university

This population includes transfers from outside of WVU as well as major transfers from within WVU.

2.75 GPA (Undergraduate)

AND

26 ACT
OR
SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math Section 1240 (post-March 2016 test sitting)
OR
Passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis CORE test.

Admission Procedures

New Freshmen and Transfer students:

New freshmen and students transferring from another college or university must complete West Virginia University's online undergraduate admission application.

Transfer Students :

Once you have applied and been accepted to West Virginia University, please complete and submit the program application form*.

Current WVU Undergraduate students:

Current WVU undergraduate students may apply to the program by completing the program application.

*If you are having trouble submitting the form online, feel free to download and print our mail-in program application form.

Application Deadlines

Incoming freshmen are welcome to apply at any time prior to their first semester at WVU.

For current WVU undergraduate students and transfer students, program applications will be reviewed twice annually and will be accepted based on admissions criteria as well as available spaces.

April 1 – Application deadline for admission into Fall semester.
December 1 – Application deadline for admission into Spring Semester.

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BA in Elementary Education

General Education Foundations

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
EDUC 191First-Year Seminar1
GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
Choose one of the following (GEF 1):6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
GEF 2B Science & Technology (choose one of the following biology courses with laboratory):4
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Environmental Biology
and Environmental Biology Laboratory
MATH 124Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
Choose one of the following (GEF 5):3
Growth of the American Nation to 1865
Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present
GEF 6 ENGL course in World Literature3
Choose one of the following (GEF 7):3
Introduction to Anthropology (GEF 7)
Global Political Issues
GEF 8 Focus Coursework (three courses, including):11
Choose one of the following:
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
And choose two of the following:
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Survey of Chemistry
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
Conceptual Physics
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span3
or PSYC 241 Introduction to Human Development
GEOG 102World Regions3
C&I 230Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 13
C&I 231Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 23
SHED 300Health Education for Elementary School Teachers2
Choose two of the following courses:4
Materials and Procedures
Music in the Elementary School
Dance and Movement in PK-12 Schools
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
EDUC 200Professional Inquiry in Education (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
EDUC 301Learning in Educational Settings3
EDUC 311Practicum 1/Technology Application1
EDUC 312Practicum 2/Technology Application1
EDUC 400Instructional Design and Evaluation3
EDUC 401Managing and Organizing Learning Environments3
EDUC 410Practicum 3/Technology Application2
EDUC 411Practicum 4: Technology Application4
EDUC 430Mathematical Methods - Elementary Teacher3
EDUC 440Elementary-Early Childhood Science Methods3
EDUC 450Issues and Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies3
EDUC 460Foundations of Language and Literacy3
EDUC 461Promoting Literacy Connections3
C&I 414Creative Experiences in Early Childhood3
C&I 426Teaching Rational Number/Proportional in K-93
C&I 491Professional Field Experience9
C&I 497Research6
RDNG 422Reading in the Content Areas3
RDNG 403Literature for Children3
SPED 304Special Education in Contemporary Society3
SPED 460Differential Elementary Instruction3
Total Hours123

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDUC 1911CDFS 1103
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEOG 1023
MATH 124 (GEF 3)3GEOL 101
GEOL 102 (GEF 8)
4
PHYS 105 (GEF 8)4HIST 1793
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3GEF 63
SOCA 105 or POLS 103 (GEF 7)3 
 17 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3ART 103, MUSC 182, or CI 3652
HIST 152 or 153 (GEF 5)3C&I 2313
C&I 2303EDUC 2003
EDUC 3013EDUC 3111
BIOL Requirement (GEF 2)4RDNG 4033
 SHED 3002
 16 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ART 103, MUSC 182, or CI 3652C&I 4263
C&I 4143EDUC 4013
EDUC 3121EDUC 4102
EDUC 4003EDUC 4403
EDUC 4303EDUC 4503
SPED 3043EDUC 4603
 15 17
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDUC 4114C&I 4973
EDUC 4613C&I 4919
RDNG 4223 
SPED 4603 
C&I 4973 
 16 12
Total credit hours: 123

Testing Requirements:

WV State Certification Requirements:
  • Praxis Core [NOTE:  Praxis Core tests are waived if you have already completed a master’s degree OR if you scored 26 on the ACT OR if you scored 1240 on the SAT (Evidence-based reading/writing and Math).]
  • Praxis II/Elementary Education test [NOTE:  Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to student teaching; scores must be received prior to the first day of the internship.]
  • edTPA, Teacher Performance Assessment: Required as part of the Student Teaching semester.  [NOTE:  Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to applying for a WV teaching license and for WVU program completion.]
Disclaimer: State Board of Education requirements may change testing and program requirements.

Major Learning Outcomes

4-Year Elementary Education

The learning goals for the WVU Four-Year Elementary Teacher Education Program are to prepare students who:

  • Have a commitment and skills to engage in life-long learning.
  • Are effective communicators.
  • Recognize that teaching is a professional, moral, and ethical enterprise with well-developed ethical frameworks which facilitate effective teaching.
  • Will serve as a facilitator of learning and advocate for all students.
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of both pedagogy and content, and the relationships between them.
  • Are reflective practitioners.
  • Are aware of, and have respect for, human diversity.
  • Value and integrate knowledge from a wide variety of fields, are creative and open to new ideas, and are able to act constructively in a world characterized by technological, cultural, and societal diversity and change.

Teacher Education Matriculation Policies

  • Students must earn at least a grade of “C-” in all professional education courses to remain in the BA Elementary Education program.   Earning a grade less than a “C-” may result in the student being removed from the program.  In this event, the student must contact an advisor immediately.
  • Students who arrange to receive a grade of “I” (incomplete) must complete all requirements to change the incomplete to a grade prior to the beginning of the next semester.  If the student does NOT get the grade of “I” changed to a passing grade, the student will NOT be able to matriculate to the next semester of courses.  In this event, the student must contact an advisor immediately.
  • Students must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average in order to remain in the BA Elementary Education program.  If the GPA falls below 2.75, the student will be permitted to continue on a probationary status for ONE semester.  At the end of that semester of probation, the student’s overall GPA must be at least a 2.75 in order to be eligible to continue in the program.  A student is permitted only one probationary semester in the program. Should the student’s GPA fall below a 2.75 a second time, that student will not be eligible to matriculate.  In this event, the student must contact an advisor immediately.

Testing Benchmarks

WV State Certification Requirements:
  • Praxis Core [NOTE:  Praxis Core tests are waived if you have already completed a master’s degree OR if you scored 26 on the ACT OR if you scored 1240 on the SAT (Evidence-based reading/writing and Math).]
  • Praxis II/Elementary Education test [NOTE:  Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to student teaching; scores must be received prior to the first day of the internship.]
  • edTPA, Teacher Performance Assessment: Required as part of the Student Teaching semester.  [NOTE:  Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to applying for a WV teaching license and for WVU program completion.]
Disclaimer: State Board of Education requirements may change testing and program requirements.

EDUC 191. First-Year Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.

EDUC 200. Professional Inquiry in Education. 3 Hours.

PR: EDUC 100 and ENGL 101 and ENGL 102. An examination of students' preconceptions about education and their socialization process relative to the following: aims and purposes of public education, students as learners, curriculum, instruction.

EDUC 301. Learning in Educational Settings. 3 Hours.

Examination and utilization of behavioral and cognitive learning models; consideration of learner characteristics and other factors affecting student learning.

C&I 230. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1. 3 Hours.

PR: MATH 124 or MATH 126. The focus of this course is on topics of mathematics in the primary grades and how these concepts and skills connect to mathematics on the horizon (grades 3-8 and beyond). The course includes topics in the domains of counting and cardinality, numbers and operations, algebraic thinking, measurement, and geometry and connections among concepts.

C&I 231. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 2. 3 Hours.

PR: C&I 230. The focus of this course is on topics of mathematics in the intermediate grades and how these concepts and skills connect to mathematics on the horizon (grades 6-8 and beyond). The course includes topics in the domains of numbers and operations (whole numbers, fractions and decimals), algebraic thinking, rates, ratios, and proportional thinking and connections among concepts.

C&I 365. Dance and Movement in PK-12 Schools. 2 Hours.

This course provides a basic understanding of the principles and potential of standards-based dance education as integration as a fine art.

C&I 414. Creative Experiences in Early Childhood. 3 Hours.

PR: EDUC 200 or equiv. Examination of creative experiences for young children and their relationship to child development. A special focus on play behavior as a learning medium with emphasis on program planning, curriculum development, and instructional strategies.

EDUC 311. Practicum 1/Technology Application. 1 Hour.

PR or CONC: EDUC 200. Application of models and paradigms of learning in content area and instructional technologies through tutoring of individuals and small groups in an assigned public school site.

EDUC 312. Practicum 2/Technology Application. 1 Hour.

PR: EDUC 301 and EDUC 311. Application of paradigms of learning in content area and instructional technologies through tutoring of individuals and small groups in an assigned public school site.

EDUC 400. Instructional Design and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission to the major and a grade of a C or better in EDUC 301. Examination and demonstration of teacher behaviors required to plan classroom instruction, assess student learning, and evaluate instruction; emphasis on instruction, assessment, and evaluation to accommodate a wide range of student needs.

EDUC 401. Managing and Organizing Learning Environments. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission to the major and a grade of C or better in EDUC 400 and PR or CONC: EDUC 410. Examination of research and practice in organizing and managing school learning environments to produce optimal learning; development of management systems congruent with personal philosophy, research, learner characteristics, and content area.

EDUC 430. Mathematical Methods - Elementary Teacher. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: EDUC 312. Students will examine the content and pedagogy appropriate for mathematics instruction in the elementary grades. Emphasis is placed on the current reform movements in mathematics education.

EDUC 410. Practicum 3/Technology Application. 2 Hours.

PR: EDUC 312 and EDUC 400. Planning and implementing content area instruction, applying different instructional models, instructional technologies, and assessment techniques to small and large groups in an assigned public school site.

EDUC 440. Elementary-Early Childhood Science Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: EDUC 312. Provides students with the knowledge, skills and affective qualities needed to be an effective elementary science teacher and be committed to teaching science in the elementary classroom.

EDUC 450. Issues and Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: EDUC 410. Students examine issues facing social studies education and evaluate and plan lessons and instructional activities that apply learning theory to the philosophy and standards of social studies education for all elementary students.

EDUC 460. Foundations of Language and Literacy. 3 Hours.

PR: EDUC 200 and EDUC 311. This course focuses on foundations of language and literacy development. Students construct philosophies, approaches, and strategies to promote development of literacy in the young child. Focus will include the larger contexts of literacy including home and community.

EDUC 411. Practicum 4: Technology Application. 4 Hours.

PR or CONC: EDUC 410 and (SPED 460 or SPED 461). Planning and implementing content area instruction, applying various management, instruction, instructional technologies, and assessment models to small and large drops in an assigned public school site.

C&I 426. Teaching Rational Number/Proportional in K-9. 3 Hours.

The course is designed to develop understanding of rational number/ proportional reasoning content in grades K-9. Special attention will be given to student learning in grades K-9.

EDUC 461. Promoting Literacy Connections. 3 Hours.

PR: EDUC 460. This course emphasizes the development of literacy in the elementary setting. Students will develop and refine philosophies, approaches, and strategies to promote the development of literacy in the primary grades. Focus will include the larger contexts of literacy including content literacy, thematic instruction, and the teacher's leadership role.

C&I 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

C&I 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.