West Virginia may be a state that appears small in size but it's large in terms of educational options for aspiring teachers.
West Virginia has more than 20 teaching schools, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Read on to learn more about the top teaching colleges in West Virginia and an overview of some of the teaching programs they offer.
West Virginia State University offers several online teaching programs, including master degrees in higher education administration, instructional design and technology, literacy education, physical education teacher education, special education and school health education. These programs can generally be completed in less than two years. WVSU also offers an online multidisciplinary studies bachelor degree program and an early childhood education certificate.
Western Virginia State University has certification and secondary certification programs in several areas, including business education, biology, chemistry, English, general sciences, mathematics, social studies and many more. West Liberty University offers endorsement programs in early education, middle school, special education and community education. These endorsements must be added to other majors like elementary or secondary education and cannot be used alone.
Concord University offers certification programs in educational leadership reading specialist, and a PreK-Adult certification. University of Charleston offers certification programs in elementary and secondary education with the option of taking dual majors and minors.
West Virginia State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education program with majors in early education Pre-K-6; elementary education K-6; 5-adult; 9-adult; and Pre-K-adult. Each of these majors also offers areas on concentration so students can obtain certification in specific areas. For instance, the B.S. in Education – Pre- K-adult offers concentrations in art, French, music, Spanish and theater. To obtain certification in a certain area, the student must complete 600 clock hours of student teaching as well as the coursework.
West Liberty University also offers a variety of bachelor degree programs in areas like elementary, secondary and middle school education as well as majors in comprehensive education and community education. They also offer health and human performance majors like health and physical education, exercise physiology and athletic training. The teaching programs also offer several minors so students can focus on specific areas of interest. WLU also offers several scholarships to deserving students enrolled in their teaching programs.
The University of Charleston offers several options in baccalaureate programs. The elementary education (k-6) program offers majors in areas like English, art, psychology, history and science. Students can double up on majors to earn multiple certifications. UC also offers an elementary education/special education dual degree program. They also offer secondary special education and educational studies bachelor degree programs. Bethany College offers bachelor degree programs in elementary education, middle childhood education, and psychology and education as well as a large selection of minors.
Concord University offers a M.Ed. program with concentrations in reading specialist, educational leadership and special education. This program has courses in public school administration, models of curriculum & instruction, educational research and public school law. Students also complete internships. CU also offers a 36-hour Master of Arts in Teaching program that includes coursework and a supervised student teaching program.
Salem International University offers a M.Ed. program in educational leadership and a M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction with concentrations in teaching and learning, and special education leadership. West Virginia Wesleyan College also has a Master in Education degree with concentrations in multi-categorical special education, specialization in reading and post-baccalaureate accelerated initial teaching.