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 22 schools in 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 (Beginning the Fall of 2021)

Our Education program is designed so you may receive a teaching certification to teach all subjects in grades K-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

Our students are required to take licensing exams prior to student teaching so they will be ready for employment as elementary 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


Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education prepares students for teaching in the elementary classroom in grades kindergarten to sixth grade. Completion of the program of study provides eligibility to apply for certification in the state of West Virginia.


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

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. David Lancaster


Education Division

Room 1215

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