West Liberty University was founded in 1837 as a normal school that trained future teachers, and we are proud to carry on that 175-year tradition today. Our mission is to train elementary and secondary teachers who will be effective facilitators of 21st-century learning in their classrooms. If that is your passion, we look forward to seeing you soon!
West Liberty University is piloting a new teacher residency model, placing student teachers into a classroom for one full year rather than a few weeks.
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education major (Previously known as Preschool Special Needs) prepares students to teach in inclusive preschool and kindergarten classrooms, with certification areas in pre-K education and pre-k-K special needs.
West Liberty University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education prepares teacher candidates for multi-subject certification in grades K-6.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education prepares teacher candidates for content specific certification from grades 5-Adult in English, Math, General Science, Biology, and Social Studies.
The Middle Childhood Education major must choose two areas of emphasis (Math, General Science, English, Social Studies).
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Comprehensive Education prepares teacher candidates for content specific certification from grades PreK-Adult in Health, Physical Education, Art, and Music.
the Health and Physical Education Program at West Liberty University provides instruction in health and physical education for coaches, recreation leaders, health specialists, and athletic administrators
The Early Childhood Program is NOT a stand alone degree. Students in the Early Childhood Program need to be enrolled as the additional specialization to Elementary Education majors.
Middle School Endorsements can be added to either the Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Comprehensive Education majors. The areas of emphasis for the endorsements are Art, Math, General Science, and Social Studies.
The Special Education Minor (non certifiable) is appropriate for students in career fields who will work with diverse student populations.
Candidates are not to contact schools directly to arrange for placements. Although the Teacher Education Program Coordinator tries to accommodate requests for placement, there is no promise of placement in the schools that are requested.
The College of Education facilitates teacher certification for the State of West Virginia. The Dean’s Office coordinates the certification process and maintains copies of West Virginia State Department of Education forms for initial licensure, license renewal, and additional endorsements.
The admission and retention process to the Professional Semester at West Liberty consists of four distinct phases.
Since registration opened for Praxis® tests at home on Friday, May 15, more than 36,000 candidates have registered and 4,000 tests have been successfully completed.
Just as important, we have seen a high success rate — 98% of candidates who started their tests have been able to complete them. Unsuccessful attempts have been due to browser issues or no-shows, with only a handful being attributed to system failure. In the event a candidate is unable to test through no fault of their own, reschedules are available free of charge.
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