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English/Secondary Education

administrative contact

Sarah Steel
Five Year Teacher Education Program
phone: 304-293-6762, x1452

program contact

Sarah Steel
Five Year Teacher Education Program
phone: 304-293-6762, x1452

Program Details

Program Description

Course requirements are prescribed for students in teacher preparation programs and include requirements for General Education Curriculum (GEC) components that are related to the student’s area of specialization. Some specialization areas are available only in combination with certain other specializations and in particular programs.

Specializations in teaching are available as follows:

Biology, 9-Adult

Chemistry, 9-Adult

Early Education, PreK-K

Elementary Education, K-6

English, 5-9, 5-Adult

French, PreK-Adult, 5-9, 5-Adult

General Math-Algebra 1, 5-9

General Sciences, 5-Adult

German, 5-Adult

Journalism, 9-Adult

Mathematics, 5-Adult

Physics, 9-Adult

Social Studies, 5-9, 5-Adult

Spanish, PreK-Adult, 5-9, 5-Adult

Special Education

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Gifted Education, 1-12

Multicategorical/Special Education, K-6, 5-Adult

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

Severe/Multiple Disabilities

Low Vision/Blindness

Career Profile

Overall employment of kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school teachers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2010. Projected employment growth varies among individual teaching occupations. Job openings for all teachers are expected to increase as many teachers reach retirement age. Employment of special education teachers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2010 due to legislation emphasizing training and employment for individuals with disabilities; technological advances resulting in more survivors of accidents and illnesses; and growing public interest in individuals with special needs. Employment of secondary school teachers, especially mathematics, science, and foreign language teachers, is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010, and average employment growth is projected for kindergarten and elementary school teachers. Employment is distributed geographically, much the same as population.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

WVU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and by the West Virginia State Department of Education.