Education

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.

Specializations in Education

The Davis & Elkins College teacher education program offers specializations in:

 

Elementary Education K-6

The elementary program is designed for those interested in teaching K-6.  Students receive broad content knowledge in the core academic areas as well as in the art and science of teaching children. Click here to review a 4-year plan for a BA in Elementary Education K-6.

Additional add-on endorsements are available for: Reading, K-6, Early Education, PK-K, Preschool Special Needs, PK-K, English, 5-9. General Science, 5-9, Mathematics, 5-9. and Social Studies, 5-9. Click here to review the Endorsement Requirements per add-on.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

 

Minor - Early Childhood Education

A minor in Early Childhood Education provides students with the fundamental theories, concepts and practices in working effectively with young children. Through this course of study, students will receive a rich learning experience regarding key early childhood issues including literacy development, parent engagement and curriculum.

This program may be especially attractive for students majoring in Elementary Education but do not student teach or take Praxis exams to add the endorsement to their license or for psychology majors who wish to work with CPS, Child Care Licensing or other agencies related to children and families. Click here to review a 4-year plan for a Minor in Early Childhood Education.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

 

Art, Pre-K-Adult

The Art Education program is designed for those interested in teaching PreK-Adult art education. The requirements for Teaching Specialization in Art (Pre-K-Adult) consists of the required courses for a Major in Art and a minor in Education.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

 

Chemistry, 9-Adult

The Chemistry – Secondary Education program is coordinated with the education program. The program is designed for students who want to meet the requirements for teaching Chemistry in middle, junior high, and senior high schools. Questions concerning this program should be referred to the Chairs of the education and chemistry programs. Students should also consult with the education program to determine the requirements for West Virginia state certification.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Dr. Oma Morgan
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry
morgano@dewv.edu

Biology, 9-Adult

The requirements for a B.S. major in Biology with a 9-Adult Education specialization consist of the course sequence for the General Biology specialization, including BIOL 208A and 214 as part of the 16 hours of Biology electives. Also required are the following Professional Education courses: PSYC 217; EDUC 100, 100L, 120, 200, 209, 210, 212, 271, 319B, 334A, 467, 493B, and 494A.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Michelle Mabry
Chair, Department of Biology and Environmental Science
Professor of Biology
mabrym@dewv.edu

 

 

English, 5-9 or 5-Adult

The Education Concentration, or Teaching of English in Secondary Schools Specialization, serves as a partial fulfillment of the requirement for certification in secondary school teaching. This concentration requires the core courses as well as 3 hours of Literary Criticism (ENGL 414), 3 hours of Rhetorical Theory (COMM 323), 3 hours of Writing for the Community (ENGL 326B), and 9 hours of English courses at the 200-level or above. Students seeking secondary education certification must also complete the requirements for a minor in education.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Dr. Katherine Osborne
Chair, Department of English, Communication & Foreign Language;
Associate Professor of English
osbornek@dewv.edu

General Science, 5-9 or 5-Adult

The General Science program is designed for those interested in teaching secondary general science. General Science students must complete a science major. In addition, students must complete the requirements for a teaching specialization in General Science, 5-Adult.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Michelle Mabry
Chair, Department of Biology and Environmental Science
Professor of Biology
mabrym@dewv.edu

Health Education, PreK-Adult

The requirement for a teaching specialization in Health Education, PreK-Adult, consists of 23 semester hours including HLTH 107, 231A, 310, 330; SPSC 225, BIOL 107, 108. A major in an academic discipline, a minor in Education, and a second teaching specialization are required.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Dr. MaryAnn DeLuca
Chair, Department of Sport Science
Professor of Health & Physical Education
delucam@dewv.edu

 

 

 

 

Mathematics, 5-9 or 5-Adult

The Teaching of Mathematics in Secondary Schools Specialization serves as a partial fulfillment of the requirement for certification in secondary school teaching. The requirement consists of 37 semester hours of Mathematics. In addition to the core courses, the following 20 semester hours are required: MATH 195, 110, 136, 180, 303, and 3 semester hours of MATH courses numbered above 200. Additional requirements are CSCI 110 and PHYS 251. (For other educational requirements for West Virginia certification, refer to the listing under Education.) Highly recommended, but not required, are MATH 202 and 304.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Nathan Sams
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
samsn@dewv.edu

 

 

 

Social Studies, 5-9 or 5-Adult

The Social Studies, 5-Adult major is designed for those interested in teaching secondary social studies. Students must complete a major in History as well as complete the requirements for a minor in education.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Dr. Jay Smith
Assistant Professor of History
smithj3@dewv.edu

Theatre, PreK-Adult

The Theater Education major is designed for those interested in theater PreK-Adult studies. Students must complete a major in Theater as well as complete the requirements for a minor in education.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Bridget Esterhuizen
Assistant Professor of Theater
esterhuizenb@dewv.edu

Physical Education, PreK-Adult

The requirements for a major in Physical Education consist of 52-67 semester hours including SPSC 108, 109, two courses chosen from 114, 115 or 116, 120, 125, 201, 204, 213, 217, 218, 225 (or SPSC 115), 305, 306, 307, 309, and one semester hour of 391, and three semester hours of 496 or 15 hours including EDUC 493C and 494A. Additional requirements are BIOL 107 and 108. If teaching certification is sought a minor in Education is required.

Refer to course catalog for detailed course requirements. 

Contact
Dr. Jennifer Tesar
Chair of Teacher Education
Associate Professor
tesarj@dewv.edu

Or

Dr. MaryAnn DeLuca
Chair, Department of Sport Science
Professor of Health & Physical Education
delucam@dewv.edu

Facilities

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.

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Clubs

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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