Graduates with a degree in elementary education from Alderson Broaddus University find themselves well prepared for positions in K-6 educational settings. We encourage our students to choose a primary certification area and then broaden their background to include an additional endorsement.
Personal and Individual Attention From Experienced and Caring Faculty
The faculty for teacher education is made up of both full-time college teachers and clinical and adjunct faculty members from the public schools. The lead faculty member for the program holds a doctorate degree and has previous experience in K-12 education. Adjunct faculty members are master teachers in the local public schools who teach college courses in their area of expertise. A clinical faculty member is a teacher in the schools that teaches courses along with a full-time faculty member. Students spend time in the clinical teachers’ K-12 classroom observing lessons and working with students under the direction of the clinical teacher and the college faculty member.
All of the education faculty members are committed to creating a high quality learning experience for the education student. Small class size and individualized academic advising allow faculty to create a supportive environment in which students can learn, grow and mature.
Our program includes the opportunity for working in the schools from the first semester on campus. Early field experience helps teacher education students connect teaching strategies and information learned in the college classroom with the real world of schools. First year students spend about one hour a week in the schools. The second and third year students generally spend about two hours a week. Seniors spend about six hours a week during their first semester in the classroom with the teachers with whom they will be student teaching for all of the second semester. At all levels, the college students have opportunities to share special moments from their field experiences with their college teachers and their peers. Special field experiences give our students multicultural experiences beyond our rural area.
Opportunities for Professional Experiences
You will have many opportunities for involvement in experiences that will help you develop as a well rounded teacher and that will make you very attractive to future employers. You can participate in: Student Education Association; annual Education Day; Special Olympics; and various professional association meetings.
High Program Standards
All education programs at the College are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the West Virginia Department of Education.
Our program is based on a model that emphasizes preparing students who are Informed, Thoughtful and Sensitive (ITS model). We prepare students who are knowledgeable about their content areas and about teaching and can apply their knowledge in the classroom. We help our students to become reflective individuals who evaluate their actions and take responsibility for their own learning and growth. We foster sensitivity in our students so that they may better meet the professional and ethical responsibilities of teaching and be able to effectively reach out to all the students they will encounter. (You are held to high standards and must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in your specialty area to remain in the teacher education program.)
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Upon passing certification exams you will be eligible for West Virginia teacher certification, which is accepted in over 35 other states. You are qualified to take positions in related fields and may want to move directly into graduate programs.
Special Programs to Supplement Elementary Education
In our program, you will be prepared to teach all the subjects taught in kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition, you can choose a teaching specialization that will extend your career possibilities: English 5-9; general science grade 5-9; mathematics grade 5-9; social studies grade 5-9; or multicategorical special education.
You also have the option of choosing a minor in an area of interest to you such as philosophy and religion, political science, history, computer science, and psychology. You may be able to design special courses in education to complement your minor.
Alderson Broaddus University has been in the business of preparing effective teachers for more than 100 years. In our program, you will be challenged to become an outstanding teacher who will be excellent in the classroom and given the tools to work for the constant improvement of education.
A great teacher begins as a student who appreciates learning, who values other people, and who wants to serve in a worthy profession.
- Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
- Reading (#0710 or 5710)
- Writing (#0720 or 5720)
- Math (#0730 or 5730)
- Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Test (#0011 or 5011) required
- Principles of Learning & Teaching Test, Grades K-6 (#0522) required
|Course #||Credit Hours||Course Name|
|Foundation Content Courses|
|Social Sciences: (2.0 GPA Required)|
|_____||GEOG 200||3||Principles of Physical & Human Geography|
|_____||HIST 200||3||History of the US to 1877*|
|_____||HIST 210||3||History of the US Since 1877|
|_____||POLS 200||3||American National Government*|
|_____||SOCI 190||3||Introduction to Sociology*|
|_____||SOCI 230||3||Appalachia Studies|
|Mathematics: (2.0 GPA required)|
|_____||MATH 113||3||College Algebra*|
|_____||MATH 221||3||Mathematics for Teachers I|
|_____||MATH 222||3||Mathematics for Teachers II|
|Sciences: (2.0 GPA required)|
|_____||ENVS 210||4||Environmental Science I|
|_____||NSCI 190||4||Rocks, Stars, and Weather*|
|_____||NSCI 185||4||General Science/Science and Society|
|Special Content Courses: (2.0 GPA required)|
|_____||ART 245||2||Theory & Methods of Art Education*|
|_____||HEED 350||2||School Health & School Health Programs*|
|_____||MUED 200||3||Music for Classroom Teachers|
|_____||PHED 220||2||Elementary Physical Education|
|Content Specific Methods Courses: (2.5 GPA required)|
|_____||EDUC 304||3||Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School|
|_____||EDUC 305||3||Science in the Elementary School|
|_____||EDUC 342||3||Social Studies in the Elementary School|
|_____||READ 320||3||Reading in the Elementary School|
|_____||READ 322||3||Language Arts in the Elementary School|
|_____||READ 450||3||Corrective Techniques in Reading Instruction|
|_____||EDUC 190||3||Introduction to Computer Technology Applications for Teachers*|
|_____||EDUC 220||3||Foundations of Education in a Multi-cultural Society|
|_____||EDUC 260||3||Psychological Foundations & Development in Early Childhood Through Adolescence*|
|_____||EDUC 388||3||Methods, Assessment, and Management for K-12 Teacher|
|_____||SPED 200||3||Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education|
|_____||SPED 340||3||Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Strategies for Classroom Teachers|
|_____||EDUC 500||12||Student Teaching|
|_____||EDUC 550||1||Seminar in the Philosophy of Teaching|
All teacher EDUC majors should use ENGL 200 to fulfill Goal I.A., Section 2 and COMM 130 to fulfill Goal I.A., Section 3 in the Liberal Studies requirements.
*Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements