West Virginia Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

West Virginia teachers are required to complete a state teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to become eligible to teach in the state’s education system. For aspiring teachers, this guide to teacher preparation programs in the state provides key information on the various options available for pursuing a teaching degree in West Virginia. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities that offer degree programs to prepare students to become teachers or advance in a established teaching career. This guide to teaching degrees in West Virginia contains a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews. Whether you are looking to further your current career as a teacher or are embarking on a brand new career, this guide is a great place to start to find the best school for your individual needs.

School Facts:

  • There are 27 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in West Virginia.1
  • 13 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Wheeling Jesuit University, 61%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Charleston, 38%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Bethany College, $21,033.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Potomac State College of West Virginia University, $6,381.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in West Virginia*: $9,944-$25,804.2
  • One school ranked in US News Regional Universities (South) in 2013 (top 100): Marshall University (41).
  • Two schools ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 500): West Virginia University (382), Wheeling Jesuit University (431).
  • 16 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of West Virginia: Morgantown is home to the University of West Virginia’s College of Human Resources and Education. The college is made up of the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy Studies, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Special Education, Technology, Learning and Culture and Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology. Students must apply for major certification by their sophomore year and must meet the standards for the major they intend on pursuing. Graduate students must meet or exceed all of the requirements for the department as well as the graduate school of West Virginia. Those requirements may include grade point average, graduate test scores, admissions essays, interviews and more. The college offers an abundance of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

Marshall University: Marshall University, located in Huntington, WV is home to the Marshall University College of Education and Human Services. The mission of the Marshall COEHS is to develop students into critical thinkers within the framework of education. The College of Education and Human Services is one of the largest colleges on campus with over 1,200 undergrads and 1,000 graduate students enrolled in nearly 20 different programs. The school’s diverse offerings mean current and future educators will find something to suit their passions, goals and aspirations. Students are able to pursue educational careers such as elementary school teachers, middle school educators, secondary teachers, school counselors, educational administrators and reading specialists.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and rated over 1,000 US college programs that prepare teachers for a career in the education sector (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). No programs in West Virginia made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in West Virginia received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

  • Concord University (Undergraduate Elementary) 2-5stars
  • Concord University (Undergraduate Secondary) 2-5stars
  • Marshall University (Undergraduate Elementary) 2-5stars
  • Glenville State College (Undergraduate Secondary)
  • Marshall University (Graduate Secondary)

Accredited Teacher Programs in West Virginia

  • Alderson-Broaddus College
  • Bethany College
  • Bluefield State College
  • Concord University
  • Davis & Elkins College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Glenville State College
  • Marshall University
  • Shepherd University
  • University of Charleston
  • West Liberty University
  • West Virginia State University
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in West Virginia

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in West Virginia

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Alderson Broaddus College
101 College Hill Dr
Philippi, WV 26416-2035
(304) 457-1700

Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Dr
Elkins, WV 26241-3996
(304) 637-1900

Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV 26554-2470
(304) 367-4000

Marshall University
1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, WV 25755
(800) 642-3463

Student Review: “There were many aspects of the Education program that I enjoyed at Marshall University. I sincerely appreciated the number of child psychology classes that we were required to take in order to not only aid in our abilities to teach children, but to also help us better understand them. It was also very helpful to have several levels of clinicals to have real ‘hands-on’ experience. One of the frustrating aspects of being a Music Education major was that the Music Department and Education Department function as two very separate entities. Although some aspects could be improved, I would say I had an extremely positive experience in this program.” -Melanie B., student at Marshall University

Morgantown Beauty College
276 Walnut St
Morgantown, WV 26505-5430
(304) 292-8475

Shepherd University
301 N King St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-3210
(304) 876-5000

University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 357-4800

West Virginia University
Stewart Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
405 Fayette Pke
Montgomery, WV 25136
(304) 442-3071

West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive
Parkersburg, WV 26104
(304) 424-8000

West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201-2994
(304) 473-8000

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/