2020-2021 College Catalog 
    
    Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog

Education: Elementary Education, A.A. (Transfer to West Liberty University)


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Major Code: 385

Note: This program is through a transfer agreement in which a student completes an Associate’s degree at WVNCC and finishes a Bachelor’s degree at another institution.  Because of individual student factors, part-time or full-time status, scheduling and availability of courses, or other factors, all students may not be able to complete this degree in two (Associate’s) or four (Bachelor’s) years.  There is no guarantee that a student will be able to complete all requirements in four years.

Further, this articulation agreement contains very specific requirements which have been agreed upon and approved by the administration and faculty at both institutions.  Because of this, petitions for course substitutions will not be considered or approved.

Students successfully completing this option will receive an A.A. degree from West Virginia Northern.  Upon successfully completing the specified credit hours at West Liberty University, students will receive a B.A. degree in Elementary Education.

Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A. degree under the Elementary Education transfer agreement with WLU will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human development, developmentally appropriate practice, effects of family and culture on children, educational systems, and exceptionalities.
  • Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor’s degree program with appropriate commitment to attendance, initiative, organization and interest in the field.
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the Associate in Arts degree, including the ability to:
    • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Employ or utilize information access and literacy skills.
    • Acquire a cultural, artistic and global perspective.
    • Demonstrate professional and human relations skills.

To be admitted to the WLU program, students must:

  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better.*
  • Have earned at least a “C” in all courses to be used in transfer.
  • Pass a professional skills test (Praxis I), which must be taken before the student can be admitted to Teacher Education, so it can be completed anytime after high school graduation, and/or during the students time at WVNCC, over the summer, or early in the first semester at WLU.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Have completed a 1 credit course through WLU (EDUC 100 - Introduction to Professional Education), which includes direct instruction, simulations, and group discussions.  It is recommended that transferring students plan to take this course during the summer prior to transferring to WLU if possible.
  • It is recommendation that students save samples of their work from several relevant classes at WVNCC for the portfolio they must submit when they are in their final year of the bachelor’s degree at WLU.
  • Meet all other requirement as outlines in the student policy manual at WLU.

*Although a cumulative of 2.0 meets requirements for graduation at WVNCC, students who do not meet the GPA (or other special) requirements at the transfer institution institution for admission to this baccalaureate program may not be admitted to the program until they are able to meet those requirements.  Students should consult with an advisor and members of the Teacher Education and English fauclty at WLU early in their program of study at WVNCC to obtain information and advising concerning the program.

Consult your WVNCC advisor for further information.

Important Information: If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for any reason, State or National credentialing board, licensing agencies, which require criminal backgrounds checks on potential employees and students may deny you employment or placement in certain settings, even if you have completed all academic requirements.  If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the appropriate Program Director or Division Chair.

CIP Code: 240101

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Total Credits (62)


A minimum of “C” is required in all courses to be used for transfer.

*Choose from ENG 200 , ENG 201 , ENG 210 , or ENG 211 .

IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMAITON: ORNT 090 is a graduation requirement.  See your advisor to determine if you have met this requirement.

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