Bachelor of Arts
The Department of Education at UC 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 an effective educator.
The Education major consists of at least 120 credits, including:
The State of West Virginia Department of Education requires a total of 125 hours of field experience before beginning student teaching.
See also the Education Student Handbook.
The Professional Education Core requires the following classes for all certification areas.
Credits / Course / Title
24 Total credits
*No student may enroll in these courses unless admitted to the program or with special permission from the Chair of the Department of Education.
14 Total credits
38 Total credits, Professional Education Core
Classes are offered on a rotational semester basis for all education program areas (Elementary Education, Elementary/Special Education, Secondary Special Education and Elementary Studies and Child Development). Due to circumstances beyond the Department of Education's control, this rotation schedule may change for a variety of reasons (e.g., course no longer offered, low enrollment, rotational change).
In addition, student candidates who seek to complete their major program area in less than four years must accept responsibility for monitoring their own degree plans and should meet with content faculty on a semester basis. If a student fails or drops a course or fails to take a recommended course in the rotation, it will be difficult to accomplish this goal of early program completion.
Transfer students should also be aware that courses may not always be available on their time line.