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Elementary Studies and Child Development

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    4 Years

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Program Overview

Elementary Studies and Child Development is a non-certification area within our Education Department. After graduation, you’ll be prepared to work in non-teaching certification roles in the field of education with early-to-middle childhood aged children.

You can add options to your degree plan, such as a double major or minor to increase your marketability and focus on your career goals. Graduates of this program also have the option to return and earn a second degree in Elementary Education, providing them with a K-6 teacher certification.

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

  • 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 where you’ll have multiple chances to interact with a wide variety of teachers and classrooms.

  • Our program features 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.

Program Outcomes

  • Career Opportunities

    You are eligible for employment in nonprofit agencies, social services agencies, libraries, museums, corporations that provide materials and support for the education field, and family entertainment/media corporations.

Additional Information

Our 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).

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty