Become an Elementary School Teacher

Our Elementary Education program prepares graduates to apply their skills and knowledge to shape the future by educating today’s youth. Students will gain hands-on experience as early as their freshman year observing elementary school teachers and practicing teaching skills in a real school setting, thanks to our partnership with 24 schools in Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.

Elementary Education K-6
Elementary Education K-6 with Emphasis in Special Education Multi-Categorical K-12
Elementary Education with Math Emphasis Grade 5 – Algebra I

Our Education program is designed so you may receive a teaching certification to teach all subjects in grades PreK-6. We also offer add-on endorsements that allow you to teach grades 5-9 in a specific content area. Specializations include:
General Math – Algebra I
PreK – K
Social Studies

The Education Division at WVU Parkersburg was awarded national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2020. This was for the Education Division’s Elementary Education Program K-6 and the Specializations in English, General Math- Algebra I, PreK-K, Science, and Social Studies. The Emphasis in Special Education was added after the visit. Please go to the following link for more information on WVU Parkersburg accreditation.

Additionally, beginning the Fall of 2021, the Education program will offer a certificate program for currently certified teachers wishing to add a Special Education Multi-Categorical K-12 endorsement to an existing license.
Curriculum Summary Sheet

Our students are required to take licensing exams prior to residency so they will be ready for employment as elementary or special education school teachers the moment they graduate. Not to mention, we are nationally accredited, meaning students will be able to teach throughout the United States upon graduation. Recent WVU Parkersburg graduates have secured full-time positions in Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and even Alaska!

Elementary Education Virtual Tour

What can I do with this degree?

Our 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 philosophical 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 components that you will master to create a classroom of your own:

Potential Careers

Elementary School Teacher

Middle School Teacher

Special Education Teacher

Title One Reading Teacher

Title One Math Teacher


Academic Coach


Estimated rates for the current academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.

WV & OH Residents

Per Credit Hour

$160 - $221

Per Semester

$1,920 - $2,652

Fall & Spring Semesters

$3,840 - $5,304


Per Credit Hour

$358 - $382

Per Semester

$4,296 - $4,584

Fall & Spring Semesters

$8,592 - $9,168

High School Students

Per Credit Hour


Per Semester


Fall & Spring Semesters


Dr. Bobbi Marshall


Professional Studies Division

Room 1306

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