Considering Elementary Education? Give our 4-year program a look!

It is a traditional, 4 year program on-campus at West Virginia University in Morgantown that will prepare you to earn teacher certification in multi-subjects, grades K-6 upon graduation along with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

This program prepares you to be an outstanding elementary educator, requiring 4 semesters of work in schools before the final, student teaching semester. That means LOTS of experience…over 600 hours!

Another thing to consider, you could begin teaching after graduation and earn a variety of Master’s degrees WHILE you are working! You could earn a graduate degree in a variety of areas, like Special Education, Literacy Education, School Counseling, Advanced Elementary Education, Public Education Administration, and more. You can choose to be an expert in a specific field this way, which makes you very marketable. Also, many of our graduate programs are even online!

To be formally accepted into the program, complete the application form available at the site below AFTER you have applied and been accepted to WVU.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Classes of 2019 as all available spots have been filled. We welcome you to apply for the BA Elementary Education Class of 2020! Spots are filling fast!

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Admission Process

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

For existing undergraduate students (including transfers), program applications will be reviewed twice annually.

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

Incoming Freshmen

3.0 GPA (High school)
26 ACT OR 1170 SAT (M+V) OR passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis CORE test

More information about the Praxis CORE can be found at Any student seeking teacher licensure is required to take this test. However, an ACT score of 26 or an SAT score of 1170 (M+V), waives this requirement.

If students do not meet these direct admission requirements, they can begin applicable course work as a general studies student and then can apply to the BA Elementary Education program as a major transfer student for our November or April deadline. (See below.)

Transfer students

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

2.75 GPA (Undergraduate)
26 ACT OR 1170 SAT (M+V) OR passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis CORE test

Existing undergraduate students (transfer students) may apply to the program by a) completing the program application or b) submitting a Departmental Decision Form to the program coordinator through the Office of Admissions. Applications submitted by transfer students will be reviewed twice annually (See deadlines above.). These students will be admitted based on admission criteria as well as available spaces in the program.

Click here to view the suggested course sequence for the BA in Elementary Education Program

Want to learn more about this program?

If you have trouble viewing the form above, explore the following link to view this form in a new window. BA in Elementary Education Program Inquiry Form

Upcoming sophomores – with a few extra classes, you MAY still be eligible to graduate in 4 years!

Contact or in the CEHS advising office to see how you might transition to this new program.