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For over 110 years, the Department of Education has prepared teachers as human developers who love to teach. The Department nurtures future teachers through a formation process to become exemplary teachers in the region, state, and nation.

How Teacher Education Works at "State"
 
This program requires candidates to demonstrate that (1) They are focused on public school student achievement and success. (2) They are role models for public school students. (3) They have the potential to be a member of the teaching profession.


 
Mission Statement
For over 120 years, the Department of Education has prepared teachers as human developers who love to teach. The Department nurtures future teachers through a formation process to become exemplary teachers in the region, state, and nation.
 
Graduates of the program must firmly believe that all public school students can learn. This program requires candidates to demonstrate that (1) They are focused on public school student achievement and success. (2) They are role models for public school students. (3) They have the potential to be a member of the teaching profession. Candidates must demonstrate these three dispositions throughout the program that requires the completion of a rigorous academic content specialization, combined with a complementary sequence of related general education courses, and a professional sequence of education courses that contain at least 800 clock hours of field placements and student teaching.
 
The following student outcomes provide the bases for the preparation program.
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the subject matter(s) of their chosen content specialization.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of diverse learners, learning processes, and pedagogy by planning, teaching, and assessing lessons that are developmentally appropriate and address national and state standards.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in integration of technology as well as the twenty-first century learning tools and skills in their own teaching as well as the learning processes of their students.
  4. Demonstrate the dispositions of a member of the teaching profession and exhibit behaviors congruent with the Teacher as a Human Developer conceptual framework.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in creating and maintaining effective learning communities by promoting communication within the school and its community and by developing classroom management frameworks that  value diverse abilities and talents of all its members and facilitate respect for all students.
These outcomes are addressed in course content, with relevant class assignments, field experiences, student assessments, and program evaluation components and are articulated by the theme for the WVSU teacher preparation program: Teacher as HUMAN Developer. The theme serves as a unifying concept or framework for the entire program, and conveys the essence of the philosophy regarding good teaching. Outcomes for program completers will be measured by multi-modal methods, including faculty panel review, grade point requirements, portfolios, performance assessments, evaluations in field experiences by qualified supervisors, speaking opportunities, exams, projects, and state and national assessments required by the West Virginia Board of Education. Additional information is contained in the Teacher Education Handbook, purchased by each candidate in Education 200.
 
The WVSU program is fully accredited with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2015.  It is also approved by the West Virginia State Department of Education.  Candidates from West Virginia State University's Department of Education achieved a 100% pass rate for its program completers based on Federal Title II-Teacher Quality Guidelines.

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Admission to Student Teaching

The following minimum academic criteria must be met before admission to student teaching:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 96 semester hours of appropriate college credit.
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least 3/4 of the coursework required in chosen teaching specializations, plus all special methods courses. Elementary Education majors must complete Education 318, 320, 321, 324, 325 and 426 prior to student teaching.
  3. Satisfactory completion of required professional education core courses.
  4. Completion of Education 426 at West Virginia State before student teaching with a minimum grade of C.
  5. Senior Capstone Admission to the Teacher Education Program by the Campus-Wide Committee on Teacher Education the semester before student teaching, including G.P.A. requirements, Senior Capstone Panel Interview, and Passing PPST and PLT test scores.
  6. A 2.5 GPA in professional education requirements and a minimum grade of C in each course.
  7. A 2.5 GPA in content specialization requirements and a minimum of C in each course.
  8. A 2.5 GPA in general education courses and a minimum of C in each course.
  9. A 2.5 grade point average overall.
  10. Completion of a S-Senior, C-Capstone, O-Oral, P-Professional, E-E Portfolio Assessment (SCOPE) the semester prior to student teaching.
  11. Removal of any and all deficiencies the semester prior to student teaching placement, per application deadlines.
  12. Completion of an academic capstone experience in content specializations.
  13. Because of the intensity of the student teaching experience (600 clock hours in fifteen weeks), candidates are strongly discouraged from enrolling in any classes during the semester when they student teach. Any exceptions must be approved by the Education Department Chair.
  14. Student teaching placements will be based on current West Virginia Policy 5100 guidelines.
  15. Completion of ancillary requirements from the county of placement.
Admission to Teacher Education
Admission to Teacher Education

Acceptance and enrollment at West Virginia State University does not automatically make one a candidate in the Teacher Education Program. In accordance with West Virginia Board of Education Policies, national accrediting bodies, the University and the Department of Education, candidates must be formally screened. All candidates must formally apply for Admission to the Education Program before taking Education 316. 

Selectivity Requirements beginning in Fall 2016 

The Education program at WVSU is accredited by CAEP, and the program agrees with the CAEP Mission, which is to transform educator preparation so that graduates can help improve P-12 student learning.  Therefore, the program has initiated CAEP selectivity requirements starting in Fall 2016.  Beginning in Fall 2016, all candidates for admission to the program (all candidates planning to enroll in Education 316), must show that they have attained a 3.0 GPA overall in their college courses and show that their overall scores on either the ACT or SAT are at the 50th percentile or above. 

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for an exemption on or before the last day of the semester that precedes the semester in which they plan to register for Education 316.  The Application for Exemption from Selectivity Requirements is on the WVSU Department of Education website. 


The Selectivity Requirements change in the following years:
  • Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, the GPA requirement is 3.0 and the ACT/SAT requirement is the 60th percentile.
  • Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, the GPA requirement is 3.0 and the ACT/SAT requirement is the 67th percentile.
 
Transfers, returning students, and post- graduates are required to meet the Selectivity Requirements above and should come to Wallace Hall 626 or 627 for admission assessment.  

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a candidate must:
  1. Meet or be exempted from the Selectivity Requirements as specified above.
  2.  Achieve passing scores on the Mathematics, Reading, and Writing sub-tests of the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE), a Praxis I exam, before enrolling in Education 316.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in speaking and listening skills by completing English 201 or Communications 100 with a minimum grade of C.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in basic computer access skills by earning a grade of C or better in English 102.
  5. Have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.5 in all content specialization courses, general education courses, and professional education courses to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to graduate with a degree in Education.   
  6. Earn a grade of C or better in all general education, content specialization and professional education courses.
  7. Successfully complete and file personal evaluation documents for all required field experiences with a recommendation for candidacy given by supervisor(s). Students must plan their schedules to permit completion of field-work during the school day.
 
When an application has been completed, it will be jointly reviewed by the chair and/or a departmental committee and forwarded the Teacher Education Committee for review. With advisement from the Teacher Education Committee, the Department Chair will make one of the following rulings and notify the candidate:
· Approved: Candidate meets all expectations.
· Provisionally Approved:  Pending removal of minor deficiencies.
· Disapproved: Candidate does not meet criteria and is advised to pursue other options.

A candidate may lose an approved status for several reasons, e.g., loss of academic qualification. The Department of Education may recommend reevaluation of the status of any previously approved candidate at any point in the program where evidence exists that the person may be a threat or danger to the well-being of public school students. Candidates have certain appeal privileges in these and other cases.
Brief Description of Teacher Education Programs
Each curriculum, leading to teaching certificate, contains three groups of courses, as required by the certification laws of West Virginia: content specialization, professional education, and general education core. In every case curricula followed at West Virginia State University will equal or exceed the minimum requirements established by state laws and regulations.
 
Please note that completion of an approved program in teacher in West Virginia does not necessarily qualify a person for a teacher certification in other states. In addition, all candidates for a teaching certificate in West Virginia must be fingerprinted and the results will be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check in accordance with state law. Based on the results of this criminal background check, a certificate may or may not be issued.
 
EFFECTIVE FALL 2011: Any transfer or any readmitted student who completed Education 300 and/or Education 316 (or the equivalent courses at another higher education institution) more than 5 years ago must retake the course(s). This is to ensure current information and skills with respect to planning, teaching, and technology integration.
 
When West Virginia certification regulations change, all candidates will be expected to meet these regulations at the time they are recommended for a teaching certificate, regardless of when they started the program.
A college student who plans for a career as a teacher must pursue a curriculum in teacher education, which leads to a Bachelor Science in Education degree and meets the academic requirements for a license to teach in the public schools of West Virginia.
 
All options described in the following pages have been organized in such a way that teacher education candidates completing this Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and West Virginia Board of Education approved program may seek and have granted a West Virginia teaching license.
 
If candidates desire to teach in a state other than West Virginia, the CAEP approved program completed at West Virginia State University may qualify the candidates for a comparable initial certificate in the state of their choice. To be certain, the candidates should obtain the requirements of other states by contacting the appropriate state certification agency and use this information in planning their program of studies with their advisers.
Courses
Education Department Course Offerings

Education 200-Foundations of Education (3 credit hours)

A course designed to introduce candidates to the teaching profession; to give students a first formal experience in the formal study of the dispositions involved in education and help students assess their pre-professional readiness. Virtual Field Experience of 10 hours is required
PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 101.
 
Education 201-Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
Study of developmental characteristics of the individual through adulthood. Required of all candidates in teacher education programs. A field experience of 15 clock hours in an appropriate K-12 public school setting is required.
PREREQUISITES: English 101 and Education 200 with a “C” or better and the results of a current, negative TB test filed. Students in social work and recreation who are required to complete EDUC 201 as part of their degree requirements do not need to take EDUC 200 before enrolling in this course.
 
Education 202-Educational Psychology and Learning (3 credit hours)
Survey of educational psychology and related concepts for classroom application. Major emphasis on learning teacher expectation and motivation, educational measurement, and classroom management concepts. A field experience of 25 clock hours in an appropriate K-12 public school setting is required.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 201 with a “C” or better.
 
Education 227-Exceptionalities and Human Diversity (3 credit hours)
Course emphasis will be placed on recognition and special needs students labeled “exceptional” according to state and federal regulations. Effective instructional strategies for teaching populations such as “gifted”, and “students at risk” for school failure, visually impaired, physically challenged, speech/language handicaps, and behavior disorders will be studied.
PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with EDUC 202 or completion of EDUC 202 with a “C” or better.
 
Education 290-Advanced Foundations (1 credit hour)
Required of all transfer students and returning students, declaring education as a major during the first semester of enrolling in the program.  This course provides an overview of the Conceptual Framework and the Four Phases of the teacher education program at West Virginia State University.  The course will be delivered on-line.

Education 299-Special Topics in Education (1-3 credit hours)
A lower division course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor or department chair.
 
Education 300-Educational Technology (3 credit hours)
Examines current concepts and practices in educational computing and instructional technology, uses of microcomputers, distance learning technology and media resources. Practice in assessing hardware and evaluating instructional software. Assignments/practice required in computer lab setting for 2 hours per week above and beyond the regular contact hours. Virtual Field Experience of 10 hours is required.
PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with EDUC 316 or completed EDUC 316 with a “C” or better.

Education 316-Integrated Methods (3 credit hours)
Materials of instruction, commonalities in the learning process and developing requisite techniques of instruction in all programmatic levels. Emphasis is placed on skills in planning and organizing instruction. Required of all students in teacher education curricula. An integrated field experience of 40 clock hours in a public school is required.
PREREQUISITES:
 EDUC 202 with a “C” or better, and passing the Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST) before the first day of classes begins.
 
Education 318-Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle Schools (3 credit hours)
A study of the national and state standards and objectives, organization and instructional techniques in the sciences appropriate to the elementary and middle school programs.
PREREQUISITES: EDUC 316 and all K-6 Science requirements with a “C” or better.
 
Education 319-Content Area Literacy (3 credit hours)
Studied by teacher education candidates to increase their skills to deliver the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and view skills of public school students studying specific content subject matter. In addition, national and state standards, assessment, career, and international education issues related to the content area are discussed. A field experience of 30 clock hours is required.
PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with EDUC 316 or completion of EDUC 316 with a “C” or better.
 
Education 320-Teaching Reading I (3 credit hours)
Current methods of teaching developmental reading in grades K-6 with an emphasis on the use of national and state content standards and objectives to deliver and assess reading instruction. A field experience of 30 clock hours is required.
PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with EDUC 316 or completion of EDUC 316 with a “C” or better.

Education 321-Teaching Writing (3 credit hours)
Essentials of instruction in the language arts in the elementary and middle school with an emphasis on national and state standards. Specific emphasis placed on the writing process and how this process increases student achievement in reading, handwriting, speaking, viewing, spelling and listening.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 316 with a “C” or better.

Education 325-Teaching Social Sciences in Elementary and Middle Schools (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on the national and state content standards in organizing of subject matter and selection of methods and materials involved in the teaching of social studies in elementary and middle schools.
PREREQUISITES: EDUC 300, 316, and all social studies content requirements.

Education 328-Field Experience in Exceptional Settings (3 credit hours)
A supervised field experience where candidates become involved with selected exceptionalities studied in the survey course. Limited and guided participation is expected and participants will meet periodically in seminar. A field experience of 60 clock hours in special settings is required.
PREPREQUISITES: EDUC 227 concurrently or completion of EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Education 329-Characteristics of the Mentally Impaired (3 credit hours)
Characteristics of the Mentally Impaired, related educational planning, family needs, historical and contemporary issues in preparing programs for this type of exceptionalities are explored.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Education 330-Assessing the Exceptional Learner (3 credit hours)
Principles and Practices of assessment for students with learning difficulties or mild/ moderate exceptionalities.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Education 331-Curriculum for Special Education (3 credit hours)
Curriculum development in areas which reinforce content, social, and vocational learning for the MI, SLD and Multi-Categorical. 
A field experience of 30 clock hours is required.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 316 and EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Education 340-Characteristics of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities (3 credit hours)
Historical and contemporary practices, trends, insights and needs; diagnosis and treatment; service delivery; and, management strategies.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Education 399 - Special Topics (1-3 credit hours) An upper-division course designed for a topic of current interest, including television courses. PREREQUISITE:as stated for each offering.

Education 405-Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on the national and state content standards in organizing of subject matter and selection of methods and materials involved in the teaching of social studies in middle and secondary schools
PREREQUISITES: A “C” or better in EDUC 316, and all social studies content specialization requirements earned prior to enrolling in this course.

Education 411-Teaching the Sciences in Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on the national and state content standards in organizing of subject matter and selection of methods and materials involved in the teaching of sciences in middle and secondary schools.
PREREQUISITES: A “C” or better in EDUC 316, and all science content specialization requirements earned prior to enrolling in this course.

Education 423-Teaching Reading II (3 credit hours)
An introductory course in diagnostic-prescriptive teaching strategies to work with school children experiencing reading difficulties. Practical experience in test administration, interpretation, instructional intervention strategies and evaluative follow-up. A field experience of 20 clock hours is required.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 320 with a “C” or better.

Education 426-Creating, Managing and Assessing Public School Learning Communities (3 credit hours)
Education 426 is an introduction to the legal, theoretical, developmental, and best practices that will enable a beginning teacher to develop a management, organization and assessment system that promotes student learning and ensures student safety in all public school learning environments. A field experience of 40 clock hours is required. 
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 316 completed with a “C” or better taken the semester before student teaching. Credit for this course must be earned at West Virginia State University.

Education 436-Capstone Experience for Elementary Teachers (formerly EDUC 336 3 credit hours)
Normally taken during senior year, this is a capstone experience for elementary education majors. Advanced theories, principles, and practices for working with elementary students. Emphasis on establishing a safe and healthy environment; program management; appropriate guidance techniques; family involvement; building a positive student self-concept; promoting a student's physical, cognitive, social and creative growth by providing appropriate materials and activities.PREREQUISITE: Senior status and EDUC 316 with a "C" or better.

Education 450-Behavior, Social, and Life Skills Curriculum (3 credit Hours)
A study of selected Social Skills, Life Skills, Transition and Conflict Resolution curricula for students with mild disabilities and both individual and group behavior management skills for teachers of students with mild disabilities. A field experience of 10 clock hours in a special education setting is requiredPREREQUISITE: EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Education 460-Characteristics of Individuals with Mild Disabilities (3 credit Hours)
Historical and contemporary practices and trends in the education of individuals with mild disabilities. Course includes characteristics of individuals with mild disabilities, roles of family and community, cultural issues, the varied roles of the professional special education educator, and legal issues including placement decision-making and service delivery.
PREREQUISITE: EDUC 227 with a “C” or better.

Edu 480-487-Student Teaching (3-18 credit hours)
Designed to provide teacher education candidates with the necessary student teaching experiences to fulfill the certification requirements for the respective endorsements for which they seek West Virginia Licensure.
PREREQUISITES: Full Admission to Teacher Education, and Education 426 with a “C” or better.

Education 494-Directed Observation and Participation in Elementary Education (3-6 credit hours)
An optional additional student teaching and/or educational experience for students who have completed or will complete regular student teaching. Approved supervised programs of activities in institutions or agencies will be utilized. (Open only to eligible candidates.)

Education 498-Directed Observation and Participation in Secondary Education (3-6 credit hours)
An optional additional student teaching and/or educational experience for students who have completed or will complete regular student teaching. Approved supervised programs of activities in institutions or agencies will be utilized. (Open only to eligible candidates.)

Education 499-Special Topics (1-3 credit hours)
An upper division course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor or department chair.

Education 599-Special Topics in Education (3 credit hours)
A graduate level course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor or department chair.
Curriculum
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION - 128 hours required for graduation
GENERAL EDUCATION—49 Hours
 
ENGL 101, 102 and 150.............................................................. 12 hours
ENGL 201 or COMM 100............................................................ 3 hours
EDUC 200 for G ED 100............................................................. 3 hours
EDUC 227 for G ED 200............................................................. 3 hours
EDUC 319 or 321 for G ED Int’l. Persp. ..................................... 3 hours
MATH 120, 104 or 111................................................................ 3 hours
G ED Fine Arts............................................................................ 3 hours
BIOL 101 or 108.......................................................................... 4 hours
PHYS 101, 102, 103, 106, 110, 120 or Chem 100...................... 3 hours
G ED Am. Trad. (HIST 207 or 208)............................................. 3 hours
G ED History of Civilizations (HIST 201 or 202).......................... 3 hours
EDUC 201 for G ED Soc. Struct.................................................. 3 hours
HHP 157 or 122 (except K-6, Elementary Education Majors)..... 2 hours
Freshman Experience................................................................. 1 hour


ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - Grades K-6
All majors in elementary education complete a block of courses and an Academic Capstone Experience designed to prepare them for a self-contained classroom settings in WV, grades K-6. Current requirements for this content specialization are contained on the Department Homepage.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - Grades 5-9
The following subject options are designed to prepare candidates to teach in middle childhood settings, grades 5-9. Current requirements for this content specialization, including the Academic Capstone Experience, are contained on the Department Homepage. Students opting for these must complete another program at either the Adolescent level (Grades 5 or 9-Adult), Elementary, (Grades K-6), or PreK-Adult.
  • ENGLISH - Grades 5-9
  • MATHEMATICS - Grades 5-9
  • SOCIAL STUDIES - Grades 5-9
ADOLESCENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS - Grades 9-Adult
Candidates opting for adolescent education will select programs which prepare them to teach in secondary school settings, grades 9-Adult. Current requirements for these content specializations, including the Academic Capstone Experience, are contained on the Department Homepage.
  • BIOLOGY - Grades 9-Adult
  • CHEMISTRY - Grades 9-Adult
MIDDLE-ADOLESCENT PROGRAMS - Grades 5-Adult
The options allow a candidate to select a single field across two levels of certification, 5-9 and 9-Adult. Candidates are prepared to teach in middle and secondary settings. Current requirements for this content specialization, including the Academic Capstone Experience, are contained on the Department Homepage. Additional teaching fields are not required for these options. 
  • BUSINESS EDUCATION - Grades 5-Adult
  • ENGLISH- Grades 5-Adult
  • GENERAL SCIENCE - Grades 5-Adult
  • MATHEMATICS - Grades 5-Adult
  • SOCIAL STUDIES - Grades 5-Adult
READING EDUCATION K-6 or 5-ADULT
These two content specializations require candidates seeking K-6 licensure in Reading to complete the licensure requirements for elementary education K-6 or for 5-Adult in Reading to complete English 5-Adult. Current requirements for these two content specializations, including the Academic Capstone Experience, are contained on the Department Homepage.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN-ADULT – (Grades PreK-Adult)
These options prepare a candidate to teach a subject specialty in school settings. They do not require additional teaching fields or specializations. Current requirements for these content specializations, including the Academic Capstone Experience, are contained on the Department Homepage.
  • ART - Grades PreK-Adult
  • FRENCH - Grades PreK-Adult
  • MUSIC – Grades PreK-Adult
  • SPANISH - Grades PreK-Adult
  • WELNESS EDUCATION (Physical Education and Health Education) Grades PreK-Adult
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION (Grades K-6 or 5-Adult)
In addition to the special education endorsement, candidates who seek licensure as a special education teacher must complete one of the following content specializations: Elementary Education K-6, or Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, and Mathematics, or Social Studies 5-Adult. Candidates who complete Elementary Education will be licensed to teach all content subjects to students with special needs in grades K-6. Candidates who complete 5-Adult content endorsements may only teach their content specializations in grades 5-Adult and serve in a consultative role for all the remaining content subjects. Current requirements for these content specializations, including the Academic Capstone Experience, are contained on the Department Homepage.
  • MULTI-CATEGORICAL SPECIAL EDUCATION (BD, MI, SLD)- -Grades K-6 or 5-Adult.
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES
All candidates in teacher education will complete the professional education core: EDUC 200, 201, 202, 227, 300, 316, 319/320, 331, 426, and 480-487.
 
Curriculum Sheets (effective Spring 2016)
Program Status Sheets
 
Elementary Education  Middle School Education 5-9 Special Education K-6 and 5-Adult Secondary Education 5-Adult (Unless Noted) General Education PreK-Adult
Curriculum Sheets (through Fall 2015)
Department News
  • Education Department staff and faculty received approval for the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership (MEIL) by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) on Friday, April 1, 2016. All HEPC committee members voted unanimously for approval of the MEIL program.
     
    The Department has three more approval steps before full accreditation is given.  We plan to begin our Masters Program in Educational Leadership in August.  For more information about the approval process and the program, contact Program Coordinator Dr. Mickey Blackwell at mblackwell1@wvstateu.edu .
     
  • The Department of Education at West Virginia State University (WVSU) has received reaffirmation of accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  A seven-member onsite review team visited the WVSU campus March 15-17, 2015, to validate the six standards contained in the Institutional Report. The findings revealed all six standards were met. 
  • The WVSU Department of Education also received notification of the recognition of the programs leading to the initial teaching license.  Programs receiving national recognition through the Specialized Professional Association in the NCATE/CAEP Program Approval Process were:  Business Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Health Education, Math Education, Physical Education, Social Studies Education, Biology Education, Chemistry Education, General Science Education and Multi-categorical Special Education. 
  • Programs receiving state recognition through the Curriculum Analysis Report in the West Virginia Department of Education Program Approval Process were:  Art Education, Music Education, Spanish Education, French Education, Early Childhood Education and Reading Education.
  • Dr. Mickey Blackwell has been appointed to the Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Mickey Blackwell has been appointed to the West Virginia Department of Education Superintendent’s Commission on Assessment Committee. 
  • Dr. Emily Waugh, associate professor in the Education Department, has been appointed by Governor Tomblin to the West Virginia Center for Professional Development Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Paige Carney, Dean of CPS and Professor Barbara Korn were  awarded an Improving Teacher Quality grant titled, “Hungry for Words” which is being implemented in Clay and Calhoun Counties for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Dr. Mickey Blackwell, assistant professor in the Department of Education, has been appointed by Governor Tomblin to serve as member of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. 
  • Dr. Brenda Wilson, Professor Katie McDilda, and two pre-service teachers (Stella Buoy and Hilary Hackney), presented at the West Virginia Professional Development Schools Conference at Flatwoods on February 26, 2015. The presentation was entitled, “Improving Teacher Preparation through After School Field Experiences” and included sharing information about Sci-Talks, a grant-funded program to promote STEM in after school programs for urban children in grades 3-5. Presenters explained the collaboration between WVSU and PDS schools in which pre-service teachers were actively involved as teachers of the after school science activities at after school sites at the schools. The professors explained the program, and the pre-service teachers did a science activity that was typical of those used in the program.
  • Dr. Daton Dean-Leonard has been nominated by West Virginia’s educator licensing agency to participate in a multistate standard setting study being conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Praxis Computer Science Panel test
Forms
Welcome to the Department of Education Online Forms page.The forms on this page are for WVSU Official Use only. In order to use the forms linked from this page you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader.
 
          Action Research during Student Teaching - General Information
 
  • Presentation on General Aspects of Action Research
  • Presentation on Scoring Action Research
  • Action Research Data from the past three years
  • Link to site used in training candidates to do Action Research

 
 
Graduation/Certification Requirements
  1. Successfully complete an appropriate teaching specialization with a minimum of 120 semester hours. Students must successfully complete all courses and other requirements checked on their senior evaluation to qualify for graduation. Earn a minimum grade of C in all classes and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Successfully complete a state-required standardized proficiency test in each content specialization for which certification is sought, e.g., Elementary Education, Mathematics, Social Studies. These assessments will normally occur during the senior year or near the time that specialization requirements are completed. Students are obligated for testing costs. Passing scores required by the West Virginia Board of Education must be documented prior to recommendations for certification.
  3. Successfully complete a state-required standardized proficiency test in professional education (Principles of Learning and Teaching—PLT) before student teaching.
  4. Successfully complete a supervised student teaching experience at the programmatic levels and in each content specialization for which certification is being sought. All Candidates will complete 600 clock hours of student teaching over 15 weeks and register for a total of 15 semester hours of credits, numbered from Education 480-487. Candidates will be assessed using an instrument jointly administered by the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor to verify the achievement of teaching skills. These skills have to be satisfactorily demonstrated and verified to meet certification and graduation requirements.
  5. Students must file an application for graduation in the Registrar’s Office.
  6. After graduation, candidates complete the application process for West Virginia licensure which includes being fingerprinted for an FBI Criminal background check.
Please note: All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US Territories require the FBI criminal background check as a condition for issuance of license. Candidates who have criminal histories that would make them unfit to be around public school students may be denied a teaching license, i.e. sexually abusing a child.

For more information on the certification process, go to the West Virginia Department of Education website:http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/forms/firstime.html
Program Effectiveness Data
Program Effectiveness Data
 
Education Licensure Pass Rates 2014 - 2015  
 
Program # of  WVSU Program Completers # of  WVSU Test Takers % WVSU Test Takers Passing on First Attempt (provided by ETS) % WVSU Test Takers Passing at the State Cut Score (provided by ETS)
Art Pre-K-Adult 2 6 50% 50%
Biology 9-Adult 3 3 100% 100%
Business 5-Adult 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 9-Adult 2 6 0 50%
Early Education Pre-K-Adult 5 4 75% 75%
Elementary Education  K-6 45 * * *
          Reading * 53 82% 100%
          Math * 88 58% 96%
          Social Studies * 78 62% 100%
          Science * 76 60% 96%
          Teaching Reading * 40 73% 73%
English 5-9 1 1 100% 100%
English 5-Adult 5 5 100% 100%
French Pre-K-Adult 0 0 0 0
General Science 5-Adult 4 2 100% 100%
Health Pre-K-Adult 3 3 100% 100%
Mathematics 5-9 0 0 0 0
Mathematics 5-Adult 3 2 50% 100%
Music Pre-K-Adult 3 3 100% 100%
Physical Education  Pre-K-Adult 4 4 100% 100%
Reading K-6 or 5-Adult 2 * * *
Social Studies 5-9 1 1 0 0
Social Studies 5-Adult 13 14 86% 86%
Spanish Pre-K-Adult 1 1 0 0
Multi-Categorical  4 4 100% 100%
 
PLT 81 86 94% 100%
 
  (ETS) Content Specialization Test for these  Content Specializations        
         
 
Resources & Links
Suggested Courses Sequences- Elementary Education
 
Freshman Year - 1st Semester Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 200...............................   3 EDUC 201................................   3
ENGL 101 ..............................   3 ENGL 102 ................................   3
MATH 103 ..............................   3 MATH 104................................   3
G ED Fine Arts ........................   3 MUS 105..................................   3
G ED 101 .................................   3 SCIENTIFIC REASONING (BIOL 101)............................  3-4
NATURAL SCIENCE...............  3-4
TOTAL 17-19 TOTAL 15-16
 
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 202................................   3 EDUC 316................................   3
ENGL 201 or COMM 100........   3 EDUC 300 ...............................   3
MATH 105...............................   3 NATURAL SCIENCE ...............  3-4
HIST 207 or 208.......................   3 HUMANITIES (ENGL 150) .....   3
GEOG 200 or 201...................   3 EDUC 227...............................   3
   
TOTAL  15 TOTAL 15-16
 
Junior Year - 1st Semester Junior Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 320...............................   3 MATH 317................................   3
EDUC 321................................   3 EDUC 331................................   3
ENGL 324................................   3 EDUC 325................................   3
HIST 209.................................   3 HHP 369..................................   2
HIST 201 or 202   3 HHP 359...................................   3
    EDUC 423..................................   3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 17
 
Senior Year - 1st Semester Senior Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 318................................   3 Student Teaching .................... 15
EDUC 426................................   3
EDUC 436.................................   3
ART 416...................................   3
HHP 446..................................   3
WELLNESS............................   2
TOTAL 17
TOTAL HOURS: 126

Core Requirements and Options
Requirements Options
American Traditions HIST 207 or 208
World Civilizations HIST 201 or 202
Human Diversity EDUC 227
Social Structure and Behavior EDUC 201
International Perspectives EDUC 321
Arts Take one of the following:
ART 101 or 101H
COMM 170;
MUS 107
Humanities ENGL 150 or 150H
Scientific Reasoning BIOL 101 or 101H
Natural Science Take two of the following:
BIOL 108, 110, or 120
CHEM 100 or 100H
PHYS 101, 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 120, or 121
Wellness Take one of the following:
HHP 122, 157, 157H, or 242

 
Suggested Courses Sequences- Pre-K Adult Programs
 
Freshman Year - 1st Semester Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
ENGL 101.........................   3 ENGL 102................................   3
EDUC 200........................   3 EDUC 201...............................   3
G ED Fine Arts................   3 SPECIALIZATION....................   3
MATH .............................   3-4 SPECIALIZATION ...................   3
HHP 122 or 157.................   2 Science.....................................   3-4
CPS 101............................   1
TOTAL  15-16 TOTAL 15 - 16
 
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 202................................   3 EDUC 316.................................   3
ENGL 201 or COMM 100.........   3 EDUC 300.................................   3
EDUC 227...............................   3 SPECIALIZATION.....................   3
HIST 201 or 202......................   3 ENGL 150..................................   3
SPECIALIZATION...................   3 HIST 207 or 208........................   3
   
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
 
Junior Year - 1st Semester Junior Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 319................................   3 EDUC 331................................   3
SPECIALIZATION.....................   3 SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
       
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
 
Senior Year - 1st Semester Senior Year - 2nd Semester
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 Student Teaching.................... 15
SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3
EDUC 426.................................   3
TOTAL 15  
Suggested Courses Sequences- Secondary Education

 

Freshman Year - 1st Semester Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 200.............................   3 EDUC 201.................................   3
ENGL 101.............................   3 ENG 102 ..................................   3
G ED Fine Arts...................   3 SPECIALIZATION.....................   3-4
MATH  ...............................   3-4 SPECIALIZATION.....................   3
HHP 122 or 157....................   2 Science.....................................   3-4 
CPS 101...............................   1
TOTAL 15-16 TOTAL 15-17
 
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 202................................   3 EDUC 316.................................   3
ENGL 201 or COMM 100...........   3 EDUC 300.................................   3
EDUC 227..................................   3 ENGL 150.................................   3
HIST 201 or 202..........................   3 SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3 SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
   
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
 
Junior Year - 1st Semester Junior Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 319................................   3 EDUC 331..................................   3
SPECIALIZATION.....................   3 SPECIALIZATION........................   3
SPECIALIZATION.....................   3 SPECIALIZATION.........................   3
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3 SPECIALIZATION.........................   3
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3 SPECIALIZATION.........................   3
       
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
 
Senior Year - 1st Semester Senior Year - 2nd Semester
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3 Student Teaching................... 15
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
SPECIALIZATION........................   3
EDUC 426.................................   3
TOTAL 15


MINIMUM REQUIRED HOURS: 128
Core Requirements and Options
Requirements Options
American Traditions HIST 207 or 208
World Civilizations HIST 201 or 202
Human Diversity EDUC 227
Social Structure and Behavior EDUC 200
International Perspectives Take one of the following:
FREN 101, 102, or 443;
SPAN 101, 102, or 205;
GRMN 101, 102
SOC 305 or 441;
POSC 210;ENGL 440
Fine Arts Take one of the following:
ART 100 or 101
COMM 140 or 170; MUS 104, 107, or 108


Pre-K Adult Programs
 
Freshman Year - 1st Semester Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
ENGL 101.........................   3 ENGL 102................................   3
EDUC 200........................   3 EDUC 201...............................   3
G ED Fine Arts................   3 SPECIALIZATION....................   3
MATH .............................   3-4 SPECIALIZATION ...................   3
HHP 122 or 157.................   2 Science.....................................   3-4
CPS 101............................   1
TOTAL  15-16 TOTAL 15 - 16
 
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 202................................   3 EDUC 316.................................   3
ENGL 201 or COMM 100.........   3 EDUC 300.................................   3
EDUC 227...............................   3 SPECIALIZATION.....................   3
HIST 201 or 202......................   3 ENGL 150..................................   3
SPECIALIZATION...................   3 HIST 207 or 208........................   3
   
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
 
Junior Year - 1st Semester Junior Year - 2nd Semester
EDUC 319................................   3 EDUC 331................................   3
SPECIALIZATION.....................   3 SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
       
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
 
Senior Year - 1st Semester Senior Year - 2nd Semester
SPECIALIZATION......................   3 Student Teaching.................... 15
SPECIALIZATION......................   3
SPECIALIZATION.......................   3
SPECIALIZATION......................   3
EDUC 426.................................   3
TOTAL 15  

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mickey
Dr. Mickey  Blackwell
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-5108
mblackwell1@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Daton Nacha
Dr. Daton Nacha  Dean- Leonard
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 204-4059
ddean1@wvstateu.edu
Professor Billie A.
Professor Billie A. Hauser
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3030
bhauser@wvstateu.edu
Professor Barbara
Professor Barbara  Korn
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3205
bkorn@wvstateu.edu
Ms. Michelle
Ms. Michelle  Petties
Administrative Secretary
Phone: (304) 766-4123
mpetties@wvstateu.edu
Ms. Adele
Ms. Adele Thumm
Manager of Clinical & Field Experiences
Phone: (304) 766-3253
athumm@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Emily
Dr. Emily  Waugh
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-5192
ewaugh@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Brenda
Dr. Brenda  Wilson
Phone: (304) 766-3246
wilsonbr@wvstateu.edu
Patricia
Patricia  Wilson
Chair of Education
Phone: (304) 766-3253
wilsonpat@wvstateu.edu
students listening to lecture in education class
Patricia
Patricia  Wilson
Chair of Education
Wallace 627
Phone: (304) 766-3253
wilsonpat@wvstateu.edu
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