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Elementary Education, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education prepares students to earn a teaching certification in multi-subjects, grades K-6 upon graduation in addition to their degree.

We value the learning that happens not only in WVU classrooms, but also in the application of these lessons in the field. Students graduate with over 1,000 hours of practice and experience teaching in local schools alongside experienced mentors.

Our program also allows the space for students to find their individual areas of interest, for which many pursue a master's degree. They can begin working as a classroom teacher after graduation and go on to earn graduate degrees (many graduate degrees are offered online).

In addition to emphasizing experience in local schools, we are committed to high standards at the state and national levels. Our faculty work with the national accreditation standards and contribute to the profession at university, state and national levels. This work involves exploration of technology, diversity, global initiatives and culturally responsive teaching, facilitated by faculty who are leaders in research, teaching and service.

Your Degree Plan


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This program prepares students to earn teacher certification in multi-subjects, grades K-6 upon graduation, along with a bachelor's degree. Students become outstanding elementary educators as they gain knowledge about theory and practice on campus and real-life experience in classrooms during junior and senior years in the program. This program also affords the opportunity for students to be in classrooms as yearlong residents during their senior year.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • Arts & Bots program. Combine artistic building skills, engineering design skills and simple computer programming and mechanics to build a 3-D art project that students animate using simple robotic components.
  • Meets all CAEP standards for national accreditation at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels.
  • Teacher-in-Residency. Spend the entire last year of your academic program in the same classroom working with the same students and alongside an experienced mentor teacher to gain deep understandings of the breadth of the school year.
  • Complete over 1,000 hours of work in schools to practice your teaching and help prepare you as you enter the teaching profession.
  • Classroom research project. Study your practice and its direct influence on student learning during your senior year.
  • Small class sizes. Each class is designed for you obtain individualized attention from instructors, closer connection with classmates and hands-on learning.

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

  • Students are placed in local elementary schools at the start of their junior year and remain in the same school building throughout their yearlong residency. This allows students to be immersed in the school and community culture, to establish strong relationships and to be considered a vital member of the school's educational team.
  • You will complete a yearlong residency in the senior year of the program. This residency pairs you with a practicing, experienced teacher to work as a team from the beginning to the end of the academic year.

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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary School

Plan, direct or coordinate the academic, administrative or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $103,460

Possible job titles include: Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, Principal, Superintendent.

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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Teach students basic academic, social and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Median Salary: $63,680

Possible job titles include: Classroom Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Teacher.

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Instructional Coordinators

Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $66,940

Possible job titles include: Curriculum Coordinator, Curriculum Director, Curriculum Specialist, Instructional Systems Specialist.

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Classroom Teacher, Education Consultant, Curriculum Designer, Workshop Facilitator or Trainer

Suggested WVU Minors for students seeking this career:

Required Certifications for this career
  • West Virginia Department of Education, Teacher Certification, Multi-subject K-6
Suggested Experiences and Résumé Builders
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Yearlong residency program in the senior year (250 hours in fall, full-time in spring)
  • Volunteer through iServe or at The Shack Neighborhood House.
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Further your education

WVU graduate programs to consider:

Where some of our graduates are studying:

  • MA, Educational Policy, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • MEd, School Counseling, University of Virginia
  • MA, Literacy Education, West Virginia University

Meet Your Community

The Elementary Education family will inspire and support you.


Common questions and answers about Elementary Education.

  1. No. Once students earn their West Virginia license, they can transfer that license to other states. We have graduates who are teaching in Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond.

  2. Yes. One example is the Underwood-Smith Scholarship, which awards $10,000 each year for four years.

    There are also University scholarships and CAHS scholarships to support your studies on campus.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Elementary Education major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Elementary Education at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

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Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Elementary Education major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Start at Another WVU Campus

In addition to our transfer articulation agreements, you can start your career with WVU at another campus and transfer to WVU Morgantown.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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