• Education

    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:

    • 24 credits of Professional Education Core courses
    • 14 credits of clinical practice component
    • Specified credits of Liberal Learning Outcomes (LLOs)  
    • A variable (depending on certification area) number of credits in the student’s chosen certification content area(s)

    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.

    • Professional Education Core

      Foundations and Professional Components

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 3 EDUC 100 Introduction to Education
      • 3 EDUC 203 Survey of Students w/Exceptionalities
      • 3 EDUC 204 The Inclusive Classroom
      • 3 PSYC 212 Life Span Development
      • 3 EDUC 250 Technology in the Schools
      • 3 EDUC 299 Theories of Learning and Teaching
      • 3 EDUC 311* Assessment & Diagnosis
      • 3 EDUC 320* Integrated Methods

      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.

      Clinical Practice Component

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 12 EDUC 497 Student Teaching in the Content Areas
      • 2 EDUC 496 Seminar for Student Teaching/Internship

      14 Total credits

      Special Education Clinical Practice Component

      Credits / Course / Title

      • 2 EDUC 496 Seminar for Student Teaching/Internship
      • 6 EDUC 497 Student Teaching in the Content Areas
      • 6 EDUC 422 Student Teaching in Special Education

      14 Total credits

      38 Total credits, Professional Education Core

    Class Availability

    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.