The Teacher Education Program prepares competent, caring and qualified teachers for schools in Appalachia and in the national and global communities.

Student Teaching

The mission of the Teacher Education Program is to prepare and inspire teachers who possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to prepare all students for a college- and career-ready future.

The mission is aligned with high-quality indicators from the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards, the Approval of Educator Preparation Programs, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards. These standards support the integration of course content, field experience, clinical experience, technology, diversity and dispositions that enable Davis & Elkins College to meet its mission. The WV Professional Teaching Standards include the following five broad areas:

  • Curriculum and Planning
  • The Learner and Learning Environment
  • Teaching
  • Professional Responsibilities for Self-Renewal
  • Professional Responsibilities for School and Community


General Information

The major in education leads to the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts degree. A student seeking initial certification/licensure in elementary education grades K-6 undertakes a major in elementary education. A student is encouraged to seek additional specializations which may be obtained in a content area by meeting West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) licensure requirements. A student seeking a content specialization in any subject within a programmatic level (5-9, 5-Adult, 9-Adult or preK-Adult) must have declared a major in a subject area other than education and a declared minor in education.


Careers in Education

The Davis & Elkins College teacher education programs offers certification in:

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Specializations
  • Art, PreK-Adult
  • Biology, 9-Adult
  • Chemistry, 9-Adult
  • Early Education, PreK-K
  • Preschool Special Needs, PreK-K
  • English, 5-9 or 5-Adult
  • General Science, 5-9 or 5-Adult
  • Health Education, PreK-Adult
  • Mathematics, 5-9 or 5-Adult
  • Physical Education, PreK-Adult
  • Reading Endorsement, K-6
  • Social Studies, 5-9 or 5-Adult
  • Theatre, PreK-Adult