Bachelor of Science in Education (BS ED)
Concord University’s Department of Education offers undergraduate students a wide range of content specializations and endorsements. Students are formally accepted as education majors once they have been admitted into the Teacher Education Program. Acceptance into Concord University and declaration of education as a major does not mean you have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program.
The Bachelor of Science in Education 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 and PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments (some specializations require more than one subject assessment) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching Test. 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.
Candidates who enter the Teacher Education Program, and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education, may seek certification in the following areas:
- Elementary (Grades K-6) prepares candidates to teach in elementary schools. This program may be combined with additional specializations.
- Content Specializations (Grades 5-9, 5-Adult, 9-Adult) prepare teacher candidates to teach at the secondary level.
- Content Specializations (Pre K-Adult) prepare teacher candidates to teach in early education through adult education.
- A Special Education Endorsement in Multi-categorical K-6 may be combined with Elementary K-6.
- A Special Education Endorsement in Multi-categorical 5-Adult may be combined with a secondary core content specialization
- Early Childhood Special Education (Pre K-K) prepares teacher candidates to teach children from birth through kindergarten, with and without exceptionalities.
Content Specializations & Components
To prepare to teach in a middle school, candidates should have a minimum of two disciplines at the 5-9 level or combine a 5-9 field with another content specialization. A high school teacher must have at least one content specialization at the 5-Adult or 9-Adult level (the only exceptions to this rule are Art 5-Adult and Health 5-Adult which require a second specialization). Teacher candidates must complete EDUC 318, Content Area Reading, and special methods courses within their content specialization(s).
Professional Education Component
All teacher education candidates must earn a 2.75 GPA in the Professional Education Component, and complete all Professional Education Component courses with a grade of C or better. Coursework in the Professional Education Component that is older than ten years may have to be repeated. For more information regarding the Professional Education Component courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog
- EDUC 210 Diversity, Culture, and Education in a Pluralistic Society (3 hrs) (25 hour field experience) *(Formerly Foundations of Education)
- EDUC 301 Educational Technology (3 hrs) *
- EDUC 305 Psychology of Teaching and Learning (3 hrs) (25 hour field experience)
- EDUC 306 Instructional Processes and Strategies (3 hrs) (25 hour field experience)
- EDUC 310 Assessment and Evaluation of Instruction (3 hrs)
- SPED 303 Introduction to Special Education (3 hrs)
- SPED 309 Strategies for the Inclusive Environment (3 hrs) (25 hour field experience)**
- EDUC 456 Supervised Directed Teaching (6-12 hrs)
*Not required for Music Education majors. Music Education majors must complete a computer competency test through the Department of Fine Arts. Verification of successful completion of this competency test must be on file in the Department of Education Office.
**Not required for Physical Education majors. Physical Education majors must complete P ED 307 Assessment in Health and Physical Education in place of SPED 309 Strategies for the Inclusive Environment.
Special Methods Component
Students in Pre K-Adult, 5-9, 5-Adult, and 9-Adult content specializations must complete the special methods of teaching course(s) with a grade of C or better. These courses are offered through the academic departments which offer the content specialization. These courses include, but are not limited to, ENGL413A, NSC414, MATH414 and SOSC414
Candidates are required to complete Clinical Experiences in PreK-Adult Partner Schools located in counties that are part of Concord University's service area, as well as required seminars offered at the University. Concord University's service area includes public schools in the following counties in WV and VA: Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Wyoming, Tazwell, Bland & Giles.
Early Field Experiences are required by multiple education courses throughout the Professional Education Component, Content Specialization Component, and Special Methods Component. These Early Field Experiences will culminate in a semester long Student Teaching Experience. Teacher Candidates are required to meet all special requirements set forth by each individual county's Board of Education if applicable.
Candidates working toward the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are advised that all phases of teacher education require cooperative efforts between Concord University and the public schools or other agencies.The superintendent, or legal representatives of these agencies or schools, and the representative of the University shall have the authority, after consultation, to reject placement or terminate the participation of any candidate who fails to meet the professional standards of the cooperating school, agency, or the University.During student teaching, the reports of the supervising teacher(s) and the recommendation(s) of the University Supervisor are essential components in determining the eligibility for graduation and recommendation for licensure.
Concord University is involved in a collaborative with local public schools.The Partner Schools are designed to prepare future educators, to provide current educators with ongoing professional development, to encourage joint school-university faculty investigation of education-related issues, and to promote the learning of P-12 students. The Partner Schools, structured as a network that includes University and public school faculty, parents, and community partners, seek to improve teacher education and meet professional development needs and goals as identified by public school faculty.The partnership collaborative provides the bridges that connect Concord’s teacher education program to the daily instructional practices that occur in P-12 schools. The Partner Schools serve as clinical sites for teacher candidates to teach under the guidance of an expert mentor teacher.The clinical experiences allow faculty from Concord and the partnerships to collaborate extensively in providing quality experiences for all teacher candidates involved in the initiative.The public schools benefit from the expertise of the University faculty and the significant contributions the teacher candidates make to the school. The children in these schools benefit from the additional adult attention as well as from the enthusiasm and new learning strategies that teacher candidates often bring to the classroom as they prepare to become teachers.
The Department of Education provides a variety of measures to facilitate candidates’ successful performance including the following:
- Assignment of an appropriate advisor
- Special summer advising
- Report of mid-term grades
- Individual letters to candidates upon application and acceptance to the program
- Individual letters to candidates upon application and acceptance to student teaching
- Student teaching placement meetings provide for discussion and questions
- Exit interviews with student teachers identify program strengths and recommendations for program improvement
Graduation criteria include the completion of a minimum of 120 hours, the required GPAs, successful completion of all state-required tests, and the completion of all coursework to meet program certification requirements. Graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education will not be granted unless a teacher candidate also satisfies all West Virginia teacher certification requirements, which includes a state and national background check.
As of January 1, 2002, all applicants for initial licensure must be fingerprinted and undergo state and federal background checks. Individuals convicted of a felony may not be eligible for certification to teach. Convicted felons should determine their eligibility for certification with the West Virginia Department of Education prior to entering the teacher education program.