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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

A strong teacher education program that offers over 600 hours of professional experience!

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies offers opportunities for undergraduate study, leading to a B.A. in Elementary Education.

The program is designed for aspiring educators and supports teacher candidates as they build knowledge, practice skills, conduct classroom research, and develop professional competencies for teacher certification, grades K-6.

Faculty in the department work with national accreditation standards for this program, and contribute to the profession at university, state, and national levels.

The experiences and learning themes, facilitated by faculty who are leaders in research, teaching, and service, available through this program include: 

  • extensive, supported practice in local classrooms
  • exploration of instructional technology
  • coursework on social emotional learning
  • emphasis on culturally responsive teaching and supporting diverse learners

Through coursework and mentored teaching, students become outstanding elementary educators, gaining teaching experience in a variety of grades, K-6. In addition, students have the opportunity during their senior year to be part of a year-long residency in a local school.  The entire program consists of over 600 hours of mentored professional experience! 

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Interested in pursuing a master’s degree? 

After graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education, students can begin working in the field and continue their studies towards a master’s degree in areas such as Literacy Education, Digital Literacy, Special Education, and more. The best part about this route is that students can become experts in these specific areas WHILE they are working, as many of our graduate programs are online. 

Please note, as part of this program, admitted students will be required to complete a state background check in order to be approved to be placed in classrooms. Additionally, a background check is required for both the state-issued permit to student teach as well as for application for teacher certification. More details will be given after candidates have been admitted and are enrolled in EDUC 311: Practicum I. If you are concerned about the results of these checks influencing the ability to matriculate in this program, please contact the program’s academic advisor with questions. Please note that items found on any background check do not necessarily restrict a candidate's ability to proceed. 


Badge stating CAEP accredited provider

WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through Fall 2021. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.
The Elementary K-6 specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education