Elementary Education, B.A.
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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
The curriculum for the teacher education program at WVU Parkersburg is a product of the cooperative efforts of faculty, students and practitioners. This program emphasizes the practical model. The model focuses on the theoretical, development, and technological aspects of the knowledge base that are pre-requisites to the daily demands required to be a professional educator in a school environment.
The teacher education program at WVU Parkersburg has been designed to meet these purposes:
Teacher candidates who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education will be certified in West Virginia to teach elementary education, multiple subjects, grades kindergarten through six. Program reciprocity is available across the nation in most states.
Provisional admission to the Education program for 2.9 GPA
Provisional Admission allows students to enroll in the Elementary Education Program under the following conditions: students must have passed all 3 subtests of the CORE Praxis test and have an overall 2.9 GPA in professional education courses and all courses on the Academic Map. If a student desires to seek Provisional Admission, the student will notify the Certification Analyst in the Education Division to request consideration.
Transfer and Returning Students
It is important that education-related coursework be current. Current coursework is defined as successful completion of a course within the past 8 years. Transfer and returning students must request a transcript analysis from the Certification Analyst.
Full Admission to Program
Students must apply for full admission to program. Applications are due by March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. Application forms are available in the office of the Education Division and the following requirements must be met:
In admitting a student to the program, the Education Division is not promising that the individual will be allowed to remain in the program or that the student will be able to successfully complete the program or be granted a degree. In addition, admitting a student, the Education Division is not promising the State of West Virginia will grant the student a certificate.
The decision to grant or award certification is within the sole discretion of the West Virginia Department of Education.
Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Degree must pass all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CASE) before being officially admitted into the program. The test is in three sections: reading, writing, and mathematics. This test is computer-delivered. Registration and test center information is available at www.ets.org/praxis. Satisfactory completion of the test is mandated by the West Virginia Department of Education, and portions of the test not passed on first taking may be repeated. There is a fee for taking this test. Under certain circumstances, students may be exempted from this requirement. Students should check with the Education Division before taking the test.
Students admitted to the Teacher Education program must:
Students who fail to meet retention requirements will be removed from the program for one full semester. A student removed from the program may apply for readmission through a formal letter. This letter must address the failure to meet retention requirements and how the deficiency(ies) will be remedied within one semester should readmission be granted.
Students granted readmission to the program must be in full compliance with retention requirements within one semester of readmission and must continue to meet retention requirements or be permanently removed from the program.
The dispositions assessment is used throughout the educational program to assist the candidate in understanding the critical dispositions that will support their efforts to be effective educators. These dispositions are based on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Critical Dispositions Indicators and are aligned to the WVU Parkersburg Philosophical Framework and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards.
Admission to Residency is governed by the following requirements:
Significant practicum for students pursuing additional certifications will be determined on an individual basis.
To be eligible to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, students must:
General Requirements for Professional Certification
To teach in the public schools of West Virginia, a candidate must hold a Professional Certificate issued by the West Virginia Department of Education. The individual candidate must apply for such certification.
To be eligible to receive a Professional Certificate, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honorary society in education. Those eligible for initation into the society are Education majors who have been admitted to the Professional Education program and who maintain a 3.0 grade point average. The WVU Parkersburg Sigma Omega Chapter holds initiations in both the fall and spring semesters.
Teacher Education Scholarships
The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is awarded by the state on a basis of outstanding academic qualifications. Recipients are committed to teach in West Virginia's public school system. Information regarding this scholarship is available in the Financial Aid Office.
The Dr. Joseph L. Badgley Diversity in Elementary Education Scholarship shall provide support to WVU Parkersburg elementary education students who have self-identified as a minority student on their college's application and admission form and are in good academic standing. A 3.0 grade point average is required.
Foundational Learning Courses (FLCs):
To ensure breadth and depth as students meet these broad education goals, the curriculum focuses on six academic “strands.”