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

Teacher EducationThe Mission of the Teacher Education Program is to prepare and inspire future teachers for success in the classroom and for thoughtful engagement with the world. We use Constructivism as a theoretical framework. Based on these views, we have created the following Constructivist Principles about students for teaching and learning:

  1. New learning is based on current levels of knowledge and understanding;
  2. Learning is enhanced through active involvement in the process of figuring out and developing knowledge and understanding;
  3. Learning is enhanced through application and social interaction;
  4. Teachers create a temporary scaffolding to support student learning.

The classroom becomes a community of active learners through application of these principles.

General Information

The major in education leads to the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts degree. A student seeking certification in Elementary Education grades K-6 undertakes a major in education. Additional certification may be obtained in a content area by meeting West Virginia licensure requirements. A student seeking certification in a content specialization (5-9, and/or 9-adult) must have declared a major outside of education with a declared minor in education. All students seeking either a major or a minor in education leading to certification must meet all of the requirements for admission and retention in the Teacher Education Program. Students considering Teacher Education should also note carefully the requirements for teaching specializations as well as the requirements for teacher licensure. Since the teacher certification program must be planned as a four-year process, a student intending to qualify for a teaching certificate should notify the Office of Admission, the Office of the Registrar, the Education Department and the student's adviser of this intent at the earliest possible time. For detailed information pertaining to Teacher Education programs, refer to The Teacher Education Handbook, available in the Education Department.

Early Education and Preschool Special Needs Endorsements

The Early Education and Preschool Special Needs Endorsements are designed to provide both undergraduate and in-service teachers with the certification necessary to enable them to attain Highly Qualified status to teach in Preschool settings.

Those eligible to pursue the Endorsements are undergraduate students pursuing an Elementary Education license as well as those in-service teachers currently employed by either the public schools or private centers. 

There are opportunities for receiving STARS (State Training and Registry System) training as well as to begin work toward an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or possibly a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Candidates would be required to complete one of two strands, depending on their needs and/or requirements: Early Education, which enables candidates to teach in non-inclusive Preschool settings, or Preschool Special Needs, which enables candidates to teach in inclusive Preschool settings.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Generally, students apply for admission to Teacher Education in their third or fourth semester (40-55 hours), as soon as they have completed the required coursework (#2 below) and have attempted the Praxis I Academic Skills Assessment. Transfer and returning students apply at a later point. The teacher education faculty is empowered to make admission decisions. To be fully admitted to the teacher education program, a student must complete the following assessments and meet the specified criteria:

  1. Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on all attempted college-level coursework.
  2. Student must have completed the following courses with a grade of C or better; EDUC 100, ENGL 101A, and COMM 107A.
  3. Student must achieve a C or better in all Professional Education courses taken to that point.
  4. Student must achieve a C or better in all Content Specialization courses taken to that point.
  5. Student must have passed all portions of the Praxis I [Academic Skills Assessment, Educational Testing Service (ETS)], including reading (minimum score of 174), writing (minimum score of 172), and mathematics (minimum score of 172).
  6. Student must have recommendations for admission from the (1) EDUC 100 and/or EDUC 209 instructor, (2) their ENGL 101A instructor, (3) their COMM 107A instructor, and (4) their academic adviser.
  7. Student must complete and submit to the Education Department all pre-admission paperwork, including biographical information, declaration of major and minor, and documentation of EDUC 100 and EDUC 209 field experience.
  8. Student must have background check completed via fingerprints and proof of negative tine test.

If a student is deficient in any of the above areas, the Teacher Education Admissions Panel (TEAP) may grant a one semester Provisional Admission. Generally, Provisional Admission is appropriate if the student has a reasonable chance to remediate the deficiency within the one semester period. The TEAP can make specific recommendations for remediation as a condition of Provisional Admission. Provisional Admission is appropriate for transfer students who may not have taken one of the required classes, but it also provides additional time and support for individuals from under-represented groups in teaching (minorities, low socioeconomic status) to meet the standards for entry into the program.

Retention in the Teacher Education Program

To maintain the status of full admission to the Teacher Education Program, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Student admitted to the program with a Provisional Admission must remediate all deficiencies within the one-semester Provisional period or their status changes to “Denied Admission."
  2. Student must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5. Student progress is monitored each semester by faculty advisers and the Teacher Education Office. A “junior” audit will be conducted by the Office of the Registrar, which will add a formal step to the monitoring process.
  3. Student must achieve a grade of C or better in all Professional Education courses.
  4. Student must achieve a grade of C or better in all Content Specialization courses.

Admission to the Student Teaching ExperienceStudent Teaching

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the Teacher Education Program. Teacher candidates work full-time in public school classrooms under the mentoring of a qualified co-operating teacher. By the end of two seven-week teaching placements, student teachers have gained valuable experience in planning, teaching and managing a classroom.

Students apply for admission to Student Teaching during their next to last semester. To be admitted to student teaching at Davis & Elkins College, students must meet the following criteria (there is no Provisional Admission to student teaching):

  1. Student must be fully admitted to Teacher Education.
  2. Student must attain a passing score(s) on required Praxis II subject assessments (ETS). These assessments of content knowledge must be passed for every major area of certification in which the student plans to student teach.
  3. Student must have completed all required coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in (a) content specialization(s) coursework, (b) professional education coursework, and (c) overall.
  4. Student must achieve a grade of C or better in all Professional Education courses.
  5. Student must achieve a grade of C or better in all Content Specialization courses.
  6. Student must maintain a social record that will not interfere with eligibility for Licensure to Teach in West Virginia.
  7. Student must complete all methods courses at Davis & Elkins College.

General Requirements for Licensure

In order to be recommended to the West Virginia State Department of Education for licensure, the applicant must meet the requirements as established by the West Virginia State Department of Education and Davis & Elkins College. Candidates must pass the required PRAXIS II professional knowledge exam, “Principles of Learning & Teaching.” The student should refer to the Teacher Education Handbook for more specific information. This handbook is available in the office of the Division of Education & Sport Science and should be consulted prior to applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Careers in Education

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

  • Art - PreK-Adult
  • Biology - 9-Adult
  • Business Education Comprehensive - 5-Adult
  • Chemistry - 9-Adult
  • Early Education - PreK-K*
  • Preschool Special Needs - PreK-K*
  • Elementary Education - K-6
  • 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
  • Social Studies - 5-9* or 5-Adult
  • Theatre- PreK-Adult

*Requires a second teaching specialization or must be combined with a second programmatic level. Students should check with their adviser for information.