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Bachelor of Arts 
in Elementary Education

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

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The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program is a traditional on-campus teacher education program at West Virginia University. This program prepares students to earn teacher certification in multi-subjects, grades K-6, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.

Through coursework and mentored teaching, students become outstanding elementary educators. Beginning in their second year, students begin work in an elementary school classroom, and gain experience teaching in a variety of grades, K-6. In the final semester, students are full-time student teachers. The entire program consists of over 600 hours of mentored professional experience!

Learn more about coursework students take in their time at West Virginia University.

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Interested in pursuing a master’s degree? After graduating with a BA 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, Advanced Elementary Education, School Counseling, 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.

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WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) eligible provider.

The K-6 specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education.