Education Program

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Shape and Construct the Future by Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders

WVU Parkersburg’s teacher preparation program emphasizes the practical model. The model focuses on the theoretical, development, and technological aspects of the knowledge base that are prerequisites to the daily demands required to be a professional educator in a school environment.
The program’s conceptual framework, Architects of the Future, prepares an educator who applies his/her skills and knowledge to shape and construct the future by educating tomorrow’s leaders…today’s children and youth. The framework is supported by six specific, yet interrelated components:

  • Planning Skills
  • Teaching Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Professional Commitment
  • Diversity

What teachers do today affects tomorrow!

Why WVU Parkersburg?

  • Affordable
  • Nationally Accredited (NCATE)
  • Solid Reputation
  • Career Ladder
  • Specializations
  • Partnership Schools
  • 21st Century Technology- Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Qualified Faculty and Staff

Programs Offered

Paraprofessional PreK-12 Certificate pdf

Elementary Education – BA pdf
with six specializations:

  • Early Education PreK-K
  • General Math through Algebra I
  • General Science 5-9
  • English 5-9
  • Social Studies 5-9




The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education qualifies students to be eligible to receive certification to teach in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms in the state of West Virginia. Specialization endorsements are added on to the K-6 degree and qualify students to be certified to teach in the area of specialization.

The paraprofessional certificate qualifies students to be classroom aides, classroom paraprofessionals and special education aides

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West Virginia Teaching Salaries

With the increase in teacher retirements, teaching positions will become more prevalent especially in high need areas of Mathematics and Science.

West Virginia Department of Education Job Bank

Resources for Current Students

Teacher Education Handbook 2013-2014 pdf
Teacher Education Handbook 2014-2015 pdf
Student Teacher Handbook 2015-2016 pdf
Cooperating Teacher-Student Teacher Handbook 2015-2016 pdf
Teacher Education Handbook 2015-2016 pdf

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