Preparing for a Career in Education

Graduates with a degree in education from Alderson Broaddus University find themselves well prepared for positions K-12 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 full-time faculty members hold doctorate degrees and have 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. Clinical faculty members teach courses along with full-time faculty. Students spend time in the clinical teachers’ K-12 classrooms observing lessons and working with students under the direction of both teachers. All of the education faculty members are committed to creating a high quality learning experience for the education student. Small class sizes and individualized academic advising allow faculty to create a supportive environment in which students can learn, grow and mature.

Field Experiences

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; C.A.R.E., an after-school tutoring program; annual Education Day; Special Olympics; State professional association meetings; and area professional organizations with student chapters on campus.

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.

Students are also held to high standards and must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in their specialty areas to remain in 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.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Teacher Education graduates will leave with West Virginia teacher certification, which is accepted in over 35 other states. Students are also qualified to take positions in related fields. Some graduates move directly into graduate programs.

Teacher Certification Areas in Secondary Education

In our program, you will be able to choose between the following teaching specializations: social studies grade 5-9 or 5-Adult; English grade 5-9 or 5-Adult; mathematics grade 5-9 or 5-Adult; general science grade 5-9 or 5-Adult; biology 9-Adult [dormant] or chemistry 9-Adult [dormant]; physical education PreK-Adult, health education Pre-K-Adult, music PreK-Adult. You also have the option of choosing a minor in an area of interest to you such as philosophy and religion, theater, computer science and psychology where 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.

Required Courses:

Specialization in Social Studies 5-Adult

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
Content Specialty:
_____ECON 2013Introduction to Macroeconomics*
_____ECON 2113Introduction to Microeconomics
_____GEOG 2003Physical & Human Geography
_____GEOG 3003World Geography
_____HIST 1503Civilization I*
_____HIST 1603Civilization II
_____HIST 2003History of the U.S. to 1877
_____HIST 2103History of the U.S. since 1877
_____HIST 3153Modern U.S. History 1880-1945
_____HIST 4003U.S. in the 20th Century
_____HIST 2603U.S. and the World
_____HIST/POLS 5103Seminar
_____POLS 2003American National Government
_____POLS 2103State and Local Government
_____PSYC 1903General Psychology
_____PSYC 4003Social Psychology
_____SOCI 1903Introduction to Sociology
_____SOCI 2303Appalachian Studies
Choose two courses from the following five listed:
_____HIST 3503World History 500-1500
_____HIST 3553Early Modern World 1400-1750
_____HIST 3653Modern World History 1750-1900
_____HIST 3253History of Modern Middle East
_____HIST 3753History of Modern Latin America
Plus one of the following courses:
_____SOCI 2403Social Problems
_____SOCI 3203Minorities
Professional Education:
_____EDUC 1903Introduction to Computer and Technology Applications for Teachers*
_____EDUC 2203Foundations of Education in a Multi-cultural Society
_____EDUC 2603Psychological Foundations & Development in Early Childhood through Adolescence*
_____EDUC 3201Middle Schools: Design & Issues
_____EDUC 3251Social Studies Methods - Grade 5-9 Learners
_____EDUC 3291Lab - Middle Childhood (5-9) Learners
_____EDUC 3883Methods, Management, Assessment for K-12 Teacher
_____EDUC 3351Social Studies Methods - Grade 9-Adult Learners
_____READ 3003Reading in the Secondary Schools
_____SPED 2003Areas of Exceptionality in SPED
_____SPED 3403Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Strategies for Classroom Teachers
_____EDUC 50012Student Teaching
_____EDUD 5501Seminar in the Philosophy of Teaching

All teacher Education majors should use ENGL 200 to fulfill Goal I.A., Section 2.

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.

Specialization in Mathematics 5-Adult

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
Content Specialty:
_____CSCI 2614CS1: Introduction to Computer Science*
_____CSCI 2624CS2: Algorithms
_____MATH 1133College Algebra*
_____MATH 1413Trigonometry
_____MATH 1513Pre-Calculus
_____MATH 1663Discrete Math I
_____MATH 1673Discrete Math II
_____MATH 2313Calculus I
_____MATH 2324Calculus II
_____MATH 2513Statistics
_____MATH 3123Algebraic Structures
_____MATH 3153Linear Algebra
_____MATH 3334Advanced Calculus
_____MATH 3713Principles of Geometry
_____NSCI 3611Research Methods I
_____NSCI 3621Research Methods II
_____NSCI 4611Senior Research Project
_____PHYS 2114Introduction to Physics*
Professional Education:
_____EDUC 1903Introduction to Computer and Technology Applications for Teachers*
_____EDUC 2203Foundations of Education in a Multi-cultural Society
_____EDUC 2603Psychological Foundations & Development in Early Childhood through Adolescence*
_____EDUC 3201Middle Schools: Design & Issues
_____EDUC 3221Math Methods - Grade 5-9 Learners
_____EDUC 3291Lab - Middle Childhood (5-9) Learners
_____EDUC 3883Methods, Assessment, Management for K-12 Teacher
_____EDUC 3321Math Methods - Grade 9-Adult Learners
_____READ 3003Reading in the Secondary Schools
_____SPED 2003Areas of Exceptionality in SPED
_____SPED 3403Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Strategies for Classroom Teachers
_____EDUC 50012Student Teaching
_____EDUC 5501Seminar in the Philosophy of Teaching

All teacher Education majors should use ENGL 200 to fulfill Goal I.A., Section 2.

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.

Specialization in Multi-categorical Special Education 5-Adult

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
Content Specialty:
_____MATH 2213Mathematics for Teachers I*
_____MATH 2223Mathematics for Teachers II
_____READ 3003Reading in the Secondary School
_____READ 4503Corrective Techniques in Reading Instruction
_____SPED 2003Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education
_____SPED 2903Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities
_____SPED 3003Education of the Mentally Impaired
_____SPED 3103Diagnosis, Prescription, and Assessment Techniques
_____SPED 3203Introduction to Behavior Disorders
_____SPED 3303Behavior Management
_____SPED 3403Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Strategie for Classroom Teachers
_____SPED 3503Instructional Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities
_____SPED 4003Applied Practicum in SPED w/Seminar in Secondary Special Education
Professional Education:
_____EDUC 1903Introduction to Computer and Technology Applications for Teachers*
_____EDUC 2203Foundations of Education in a Multi-cultural Society
_____EDUC 2603Psychological Foundations & Development in Early Childhood through Adolescence*
_____EDUC 3201Middle Schools: Design & Issues
_____EDUC 3291Lab - Middle Childhood (5-9) Learners
_____EDUC 3303Secondary General Methods
_____EDUC 3391Lab - Adolescent (9-Adult) Learners
_____EDUC 50012Student Teaching
_____EDUC 5501Seminar in the Philosophy of Teaching

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.