• Education

    Bachelor of Arts

    Charleston

    The Education Department at the University of Charleston prepares students who will be committed educators, lifelong learners, and community servants. More specifically, the education faculty provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become effective educators and classroom teachers. There are four majors available in the department, each with its own unique focus and strong field placement component.

    Unique Opportunities

    UC offers bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-6), Elementary Education/Special Education (double major, K-6), Secondary Special Education, (Grade 5-Adult), and Elementary Studies and Child Development (non-certification degree).

    • Education Consumer Information

      Employment Rates for Education Completers

      All Programs

       

      2014-15

      2015-16

      # of Completers

      7

      10

      Employment Rate

      86%

      90%

      Elementary Education Only

       

      2014-15

      2015-16

      # of Completers

      4

      5

      Employment Rate

      100%

      100%

      Elementary/Special Education Only

       

      2014-15

      2015-16

      # of Completers

      4

      4

      Employment Rate

      75%

      75%

      Secondary Special Education Only

       

      2014-15

      2015-16

      # of Completers

      --

      1

      Employment Rate

      --

      100%

      University Loan Default Rate

      8.5% (for 2014; per Director of Financial Aid)

    Three Great Reasons to Choose Education at UC:

    • Experienced Faculty—our faculty represent all facets of public K-12 education and include award-winning teachers, administrators, National Board Certified Teachers and curriculum specialists with experience in a wide variety of content areas and certifications
    • Student Athletes thrive in our programs—we take pride in helping our student athletes succeed, and our programs mesh well with active practice schedules
    • Our Field experiences begin freshman year with ethnically and economically diverse students in rural, urban and suburban schools; you’ll have multiple chances to interact with a wide variety of teachers and classrooms
    • Elementary Education

      Elementary Education - provides initial certification for Elementary (K-6). Majors may add the following options, making them more marketable:  

      • Add a subject area double major (English, History, Psychology, or Art)
      • Add a subject area minor (English, History, Science, Psychology, Art, Interior Design, etc.)
      • Add a double major in Special Education (dual certification with Multi-categorical Special Education), 2 certifications
      • Add a double major in Special Education (dual certification with Multi-categorical Special Education) and a subject area minor, 2 certifications and a minor for the price of one degree
       
    • Elementary Education and Special Education

      Elementary Education and Special Education (double major) - provides initial certification for Elementary (K-6) and Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6). Majors may add the following options, making them more marketable:  

      • Add a subject area minor (English, History, Science, Psychology, Art, Interior Design, etc.)
       
    • Secondary Special Education

      Secondary Special Education - provides initial certification in Multi-Categorical Secondary Special Education (5-Adult). Students obtain content endorsements in Math, English and Social Studies, meeting the Highly Qualified teacher credential from the West Virginia Department of Education. Majors may add the following options, making them more marketable:  

      • Add a subject area minor (English, History, Science, Psychology, Art, Interior Design, etc.)
      • Add additional content endorsements in Biology and/or General Science
       
    • Elementary Studies and Child Development

      Elementary Studies and Child Development - prepares students to work in a variety of educational settings that do not require certification, such as private schools, childcare centers, non-profit agencies, social-service agencies, education corporations and family entertainment/media corporations. Majors have the following options, making them more marketable:  

      • Add a subject area double major (English, History, Psychology, or Art)
      • Add a subject area minor (English, History, Science, Psychology, Art, Interior Design, etc.)
      • Majors will graduate with the option to return and earn a second degree in Elementary Education, providing them with K-6 teacher certification