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

Student Teaching

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


General Information

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
  • Specializations
  • 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


Allen Chair in Education Announced

The $1 million endowed chair, a gift from Joyce Allen’s four children, will provide a professorship, as well as professional development opportunities, to enhance D&E’s teacher education program.


Students Present Program on Cyberbullying

Education students help sixth-graders gain a better understanding of cyberbullying and offer advice on how to prevent it.


Request for Third Party Comment

The Davis & Elkins College Education Department is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on April 22-24, 2017. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Such comments must be submitted by March 10, 2018 and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.