• Elementary Studies and Child Development

    Bachelor of Arts



    Elementary Studies and Child Development is part of UC’s Educational Studies, a non-certification area degree track. Elementary Studies and Child Development majors are knowledgeable and skilled in learning and development for early and middle childhood aged children. This degree program provides individuals who want to work in an education-related career, but may not want to teach in elementary classrooms, the ability to graduate with a degree in education. Graduates are prepared to work with in non-teaching certification roles in the field of education. They are eligible for employment in non-profit agencies, social services agencies, libraries, museums, corporations that provide materials and/or support for the education field, and family entertainment/media corporations.

    Students take a variety of learning and development courses as well as content-specific methods courses related to language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics, science, art, music, health education, and physical education. During these courses, students participate in field experiences where they interact with teachers, educational professionals, community service professionals, and provide learning experiences for children in the early and middle childhood age ranges.

    Elementary Studies and Child Development majors may add options to their program, 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, etc.)
    • Majors will graduate with the option to return and earn a second degree in Elementary Education, providing them with K-6 teacher certification


    UC's Education programs are accredited by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/ Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

    The excellent faculty and the small class size really make our Education classes effective.

    –Lauren Kidd, Class of 2016