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.

General Education, C.A.S.
Elementary Education, A.A.S.
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.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to program. Applications are due by March 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission. The following requirements must be met:

  1. Complete at least 45 hours of credit in approved courses. All courses must be college level courses.
  2. Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) computed on all coursework, all work attempted in the teaching field, and in professional education, with no grade below a C in any required course.
  3. Complete the courses required for admission to program with no grade below a C. These include: COMM 111, EDUC 100, EDUC 200, EDUC 201, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 121 or higher, and PSYC 241. EDUC 300 is to be taken the semester in which the student applies for admission to program.
  4. Pass, at an acceptable level, all portions of the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE).*
  5. Students who complete the equivalent of EDUC 100, EDUC 200, and/or EDUC 300 at another institution must document the satisfactory completion of required field experiences and complete service learning requirements. Twenty field experience hours required per class.
  6. Students must complete a minimum of 50 hours of Service Learning. This includes transfer students.
  7. Students must submit a formal letter of application for admission written in cursive. Form is included in packet.
  8. Students must complete and pass, at the novice level, the Dispositional Assessment. Form is included in packet. Please sign.
  9. Students must present evidence of a recant, clear background check through Wood County schools.
  10. Applicant must review, initial, and sign and Acknowledgement of Confidentiality Policy form. Form is included in the packet.

Additionally, the Education program offers 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!

*Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Degree must pass all sections of the CASE before being officially admitted to the program. The test is in three sections: reading, writing, and mathematics. This test is computer-delivered and can be taken at WVU Parkersburg. Register here. Satisfactory completion of the test is mandated by the West Virginia Department of Education, and portions of the test not passed upon the first attempt may be repeated. A handout is contained in the application packet with possible exemptions to being required to one or more of these three exams. Contact the Education Division Office with any questions.

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 2023-2024 academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.

WV & OH Residents
Per Credit Hour$180 - $249
Per Semester$2,160 - $2,988
Fall & Spring Semesters$4,320 - $5,976
Per Credit Hour$376 - $401
Per Semester$4,512 - $4,812
Fall & Spring Semesters$9,024 - $9,624
High School Students
Per Credit Hour$50
Per Semester$600
Fall & Spring Semesters$1,200

Estimated Costs of Attendance

Estimated total costs of attendance for students, varied based on residential status and living situation.

WV & Ohio Residents Living with Parents
Room & Board$3,600
Tuition & Fees$5,040
Books & Supplies$1,500



WV & Ohio Residents NOT Living with Parents
Room & Board$7,200
Tuition & Fees$5,040
Books & Supplies$1,500



Non-Residents Living with Parents
Room & Board$3,600
Tuition & Fees$9,792
Books & Supplies$1,500



Non-Residents NOT Living with Parents
Room & Board$7,200
Tuition & Fees$9,792
Books & Supplies$1,500



Dr. Bobbi Marshall


Professional Studies Division

Room 1306

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