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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 table of top-rated teaching programs, a list of accredited teacher preparation programs, and 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.

Schools with Teaching Programs

  • There are 25 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in West Virginia.1
  • 5 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
  • 17 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
  • 6 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1

Institutional Facts for Schools with Teaching Programs

  • Highest graduation rate*: Wheeling Jesuit University 58%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Charleston 43%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Bethany College $23,093.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Concord University $7,928.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in West Virginia*: $7,210-$20,202.2
  • No schools were in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017: West Virginia University (#120).
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017: Wheeling Jesuit University (#109), Concord University (#113), West Virginia University (#123).
  • 15 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in West Virginia according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the West Virginia Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2014-2015 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Alderson Broaddus UniversityYes181773%$18,233
Appalachian Bible CollegeNo208$15,728
Bethany CollegeYes661380%$23,093
Bluefield State CollegeYes54%431077%$8,560
Concord UniversityYes60%34%1416596%$7,928
Davis & Elkins CollegeNo2310$18,629
Fairmont State UniversityYes54%14%31110791%$8,738
Glenville State CollegeYes5%16%19529100%$12,048
Marshall UniversityYes98%47724991%$9,037
Ohio Valley UniversityNo1110$19,007
Shepherd UniversityYes21%42%14410897%$9,692
University of CharlestonNo79%899100%$17,834
West Liberty UniversityYes86%49%1588979%$12,285
West Virginia State UniversityYes74%16%5137690%$9,613
West Virginia UniversityYes75320296%$10,814
West Virginia University-ParkersburgYes1063698%$8,121
West Virginia Wesleyan CollegeYes84%5228100%$18,768
Wheeling Jesuit CollegeYes38%59%1093784%$19,098

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

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.

Accredited Teacher Programs in West Virginia

  • Alderson-Broaddus College
  • Bethany College
  • Bluefield State College
  • Concord University
  • 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
www.ab.edu

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

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

Marshall University
1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, WV 25755
(800) 642-3463
www.marshall.edu

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
stars-4

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

University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Ave
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 357-4800
www.ucwv.edu

West Virginia University
Stewart Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111
www.arc.wvu.edu

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
405 Fayette Pk
Montgomery, WV 25136
(304) 442-3071
www.wvutech.edu

West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Dr
Parkersburg, WV 26104
(304) 424-8000
www.wvup.edu

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

References:
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/s/west-virginia/?type=private&type=public
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
4. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality 2014-2016 Teacher Preparation Program Review: http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/2016/findings/home.do
8. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx