Required Courses:

Praxis I: CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Math required.

Praxis II: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects required. TREE: Teaching Reading required. Principles of Learning and Teaching Test, Grades K-6 required.

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
Content Specialty:
Foundation Content Courses
Social Sciences: (2.5 GPA Required)
_____ECON 2013Macroeconomics
_____GEOG 2003Principles of Physical & Human Geography
_____HIST 1603World History 1500-Present
_____HIST 2003History of the US to 1877*
_____HIST 2103History of the US Since 1877
_____POLS 2003American National Government*
_____SOCI 1903Introduction to Sociology
Mathematics: (2.5 GPA required)
_____EDUC 2213Mathematics for Teachers I
_____EDUC 2223Mathematics for Teachers II
_____MATH 1133College Algebra*
Sciences: (2.5 GPA required)
_____BIOL 1104Intro to Biology
_____NSCI 1854General Science/Science and Society
_____NSCI 1904Rocks, Stars, and Weather*
Special Content Courses: (2.5 GPA required)
_____EDUC 2303Elementary Creative Arts
_____EDUC 2553Children's Literature*
_____PSYC 2403Child Development
Professional Education: (ALL Professional Education courses require a 2.5 GPA)
_____EDUC 1703Foundations of Public Education
_____EDUC 1903Educational Technology Applications
_____EDUC 2603Educational Psychology
_____EDUC 2883General Methods
_____SPED 1003Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education
_____EDUC 3013Co-teaching
_____EDUC 3202Middle school design & issues
_____EDUC 3291Lab- Middle School
_____READ 3203Language Arts in the Elementary School
_____READ 3223Language Arts in the Elementary School
_____READ 4503Corrective Techniques in Reading Instruc.
_____SPED 3403Strategies for Inclusive Settings
_____EDUC 4103Elementary Math Methods
_____EDUC 4113Elementary Science Methods
_____EDUC 4123Elementary Social Studies Methods
_____EDUC 48511Clinical Experience
_____EDUC 4901Capstone-Applied Educational Content Knowledge
_____EDUC 4951Clinical Experience Seminar

*Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements

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.

Among REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, the student must have a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in the major and have 120 college-level credit hours.

Specialization in Multi-Categorical Special Education K-6

(Learning Disabilities, Mild-Moderate Intellectual Disabilities, Behavior Disorders)

Must be coupled with Elementary Education K-6

Praxis I: CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing and Math required

Praxis II: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Disabilities required.

Principles of Learning and Teaching Test, Grades K-6, or Grades 7-12 Test required.

 Course #  Credit Hours Course Name
Content Specialty:
____SPED1003Areas of Exceptionality in Special Ed.
____SPED2303Mild to Moderate Educational Needs
____SPED2403Instructional Strategies & Behavior Mgmt.
____SPED3403Strategies for Inclusive Settings
____SPED4003Practicum in Special Education

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.

Candidate Performance Data

Graduates with a degree in elementary education from Alderson Broaddus University find themselves well prepared for positions in K-6 educational setting. 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.

Field Experiences

Our program includes the opportunity to work 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 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 multi categorical 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.