General Program Information

Teacher Licensure in West Virginia

With the exception of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the master’s degree and professional development programs described herein do not result in initial licensure in West Virginia.  Students seeking initial West Virginia licensure are advised to consult with their advisors regarding appropriate programs and courses.

Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education

The goal of the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education programs is to provide a coordinated, sequential program of study in an identified area of education. Programs provide the student with a foundation in research, evaluation, instructional methods, technology, human development and learning. This foundation supports knowledge, skills, and understanding developed through concentrated study in a specialized area. These programs are designed to produce a trained teacher as a specialist.

Admission Requirements 

Individuals seeking admission to the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education program may apply as degree or professional development students.


Students requesting admission to the Master of Arts degree program in early childhood, elementary or secondary education must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a transcript verifying a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; and
  2. Submission of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores; applicants should score 800 or above on the Verbal and Quanitative sections of the GRE or at least 30 on the MAT.

Multiple criteria are used in arriving at a decision to admit students to the master’s degree programs in Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. Each applicant is evaluated with reference to the following criteria: 1) undergraduate grade point average; 2) GRE or MAT scores; and 3) performance on any prior graduate courses. Flexibility is maintained in applying the criteria to individual cases. In practice, superior performance on one criterion may compensate for failing to meet the required standard on another. The applicant may be granted provisional enrollment and directed to complete selected courses. If a 3.00 grade point average is maintained in those courses, then the applicant will be admitted to the degree program.

Professional Development

For those students not seeking a master’s degree there are professional development programs which require the completion of a specified sequence of courses. The early education, middle childhood education, and math through Algebra I professional development programs lead to endorsements on teaching certificates. Entrance requirements for professional development programs include the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; and
  2. An undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or a master’s degree