Welcome to the Department of Education
Concord University has a proud tradition of preparing outstanding teachers since it was founded as a Normal School in 1872. The preparation of teachers continues to play a significant role at Concord University, as approximately twenty-five percent of the students who graduate each year earn degrees in education. This history of commitment to teacher education, combined with a current mission statement that emphasizes high quality instruction creates a context of high expectations for the Teacher Education Program at Concord University. Today, Concord’s Teacher Education Program includes both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as multiple endorsements. For more information, please review the Department of Education Conceptual Framework.
The Department of Education prepares teachers in early childhood special education (grades PreK-K), elementary education (grades K-6), middle school levels (grades 5-9), and/or secondary education content specializations (grades 5-adult, 9-adult, and PreK-Adult). Our education coursework includes multiple opportunities for candidates to participate in clinical field experiences by working with PreK-Adult teachers and their students. This typically begins early in the sophomore year and culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience.
The mission of the Professional Education Unit (PEU) is to prepare educators who are competent, intentional, reflective, culturally responsive, leading, and empathic 21st Century Professionals. The PEU strives to provide all teacher candidates at the initial and advanced level with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective teachers/leaders by offering the highest quality instruction and programs. The advanced program strives to further develop and enhance the knowledge base of the practicing professional. As candidates progress through the graduate curriculum, the improvement, refinement, and practice of professional knowledge bases, skills, and dispositions are enhanced and refined.
The Department collaborates with representatives from public schools, professional groups, government, and other programs within the University to prepare educators and to cooperate in the development of educational policies. The Department also strives for the improvement of education at the local, state, regional, and national levels in that the improvement of schooling results in a more literate and enlightened citizenry. This, in turn, contributes to the proliferation of democratic values and enhances our position in the global economy.
Graduates of our program have been recognized as outstanding teachers of the year, admitted to prominent graduate schools around the country, and have earned scholarships and internships with affiliate professional organizations . Graduates of Concord University’s Teacher Education Program are eligible for licensure in West Virginia, and in other states through reciprocal agreements. Concord University is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standard through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) from 2014-2020. Additionally, all of the content specializations are recognized by the following specialized professional associations, and/or the West Virginia Board of Education:
- The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Society of Health and Physical Education - Physical Education (SHAPE PE) (Formerly NASPE)
- Society of Health and Physical Education - Health Education (SHAPE HEALTH) (Formerly AAHE)
- International Reading Association (IRA)
- Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- West Virginia Board of Education