The Online Elementary Program is a Bachelor of Science in Education degree that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours from the following areas: the General Education Program, the Professional Education Component, and the Content Specialization Component. Candidates are also required to meet criterion scores on PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators, PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments and the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams. Candidates must also meet West Virginia certification requirements.
The Bachelor of Science in Education degree will qualify a teacher candidate for recommendation of initial licensure to the West Virginia Department of Education. This is a requirement, even if the candidate intends to teach in another state. Through reciprocal licensure agreements, graduates may qualify for licensure in other states. Graduates may receive one-year probationary certification while filing to become a citizen of the United States, or when filing a declaration of intent to become a naturalized citizen.
Once a candidate is accepted into the Online Elementary Program, they must also be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program. Acceptance into Concord University, or acceptance into the Online Elementary Program does not mean you have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program.
Candidates are given a 4-Year-Plan during their first advising appointment; deviation from the plan will result in delayed graduation due to the Fall/Spring rotation of online education courses.