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World Languages/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, Pre-K-K
Elementary Education, K-6
English, 5-9, 5-Adult
French, Pre-K-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
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. 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 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,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 accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the West Virginia State Department of Education.