The Teacher Education Program prepares competent, caring and qualified teachers for schools in Appalachia and in the national and global communities.

The mission of the Teacher Education Program is to prepare and inspire teachers who possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to prepare all students for a college- and career-ready future.

The mission is aligned with high-quality indicators from the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards, the Approval of Educator Preparation Programs, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards. These standards support the integration of course content, field experience, clinical experience, technology, diversity and dispositions that enable Davis & Elkins College to meet its mission. The WV Professional Teaching Standards include the following five broad areas:

  • Curriculum and Planning
  • The Learner and Learning Environment
  • Teaching
  • Professional Responsibilities for Self-Renewal
  • Professional Responsibilities for School and Community

The major in education leads to the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts degree. A student seeking initial certification/licensure in elementary education grades K-6 undertakes a major in elementary education. A student is encouraged to seek additional specializations which may be obtained in a content area by meeting West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) licensure requirements. A student seeking a content specialization in any subject within a programmatic level (5-9, 5-Adult, 9-Adult or preK-Adult) must have declared a major in a subject area other than education and a declared minor in education.

Careers in Education

The Davis & Elkins College teacher education programs offers certification in:

  • Elementary Education K-6 click here for more information
  • Minor in Early Childhood Education not leading to licensure click here for more information
  • Specializations in the following programs, click on the following program for more information:
    • Art, PreK-Adult
    • Biology, 9-Adult
    • Chemistry, 9-Adult
    • Early Education, PreK-K
    • Preschool Special Needs, PreK-K
    • English, 5-9 or 5-Adult
    • General Science, 5-9 or 5-Adult
    • Health Education, PreK-Adult
    • Mathematics, 5-9 or 5-Adult
    • Physical Education, PreK-Adult
    • Reading Endorsement, K-6
    • Social Studies, 5-9 or 5-Adult
    • Theatre, PreK-Adult


The Education Department is located on the third floor of Liberal Arts Hall.

Education majors have convenient access in one area to faculty offices, the main classroom equipped with tables and chairs, and a computer lab.

In addition, the bright and comfortable Education Lab and Lounge provides students with a place to study, work on group projects, share ideas and socialize between classes. It is equipped with large tables, sample textbooks for formulating lesson plans, and education manuals. Students also have access to a refrigerator and microwave.



Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter

The International Honor Society in Education is Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). Founded more than one-hundred years ago, the society aims to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Eligible students must have completed 18 credit hours in college and 6 hours in education courses. One must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate leadership attributes.

Student Education Association

This pre-professional organization for future teachers strives to improve the quality of tomorrow’s educators. The group meets bi-monthly and includes activities such as discussions with guest speakers, fund-raising activities, and community service projects.

Department Directory

Scott Biola

Adjunct Faculty, Education

Desiree Carlyle

Administrative Assistant, Education Department; Certification Analyst
Mary Ann DeLuca

Mary Ann DeLuca

Chair and Professor of Sport Science; Special Adviser to Athletics Ed.D.

Jannette Michael

Adjunct Faculty, Education

Kim Payne

Adjunct Faculty, Sport Science
Danielle Riggins

Danielle Riggins

Instructor of Education
Jennifer Riggleman

Jennifer Riggleman

Assistant Professor of Sport Science; Faculty Athletic Representative Ed.D.
Jennifer Tesar

Jennifer Tesar

Chair, Division of Education and Sport Science; Associate Professor of Education

Kristin Teter

Adjunct Faculty, Education

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