The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 26, 2013

UC-Beckley to offer education major this fall

BECKLEY — University of Charleston President Ed Welch announced Thursday that the institution will begin offering some of its education bachelor’s degree programs at UC-Beckley this fall.

The following education bachelor’s degrees will now be available for students at UC-Beckley: elementary education, elementary education and special education, and elementary studies and child development (non-certification degree).

UC is also working closely with New River Community and Technical College as part of a recently announced articulation agreement to provide a 2+2 pathway for students with an associate of applied science degree in paraprofessional education to continue their college career and attain a bachelor’s degree.

“Training the next generation of teachers is vitally important for our region and we are proud to begin offering our established education program at UC-Beckley,” said Dr. Welch.

UC will host an informational session for prospective students at UC-Beckley’s Learning Resource Center on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. The event will take place in the media classroom located on the third floor.

The need for dedicated, effective and motivated education is high. According to the United States Department of Labor, a significant number of elementary teachers are expected to reach retirement age from 2010 to 2020, causing the need for elementary education teachers to grow by 17 percent.

In December 2012, the West Virginia Department of Education reported that nearly 11,000 of the state’s 24,000 public school educators are eligible to retire within the next five years.

Also, the need for special education teachers in West Virginia elementary schools is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. Due to these retirements, counties will need highly qualified, highly effective, certified, and motivated teachers.

“Obtaining a degree in education from the University of Charleston provides students with not only the tools to be a great, innovative and unique educator, it also ensures their future stability in this ever changing workforce, said UC Education Department Chair Calandra Lockhart. “With our supportive faculty, we assist our students in meeting individual goals and reaching their highest potential.”

The Elementary Education certification provides graduates with the skills necessary to teach in an elementary classroom for grades kindergarten through sixth. Students take a variety of content-specific methods courses related to language arts, reading, social studies, science, art, music, health and physical education in order to prepare them for the elementary classroom.

During these methods courses, students participate in field experiences where they interact with teachers and provide learning experiences for elementary students.

UC’s multi-categorical special education certification is available to students in all certification areas. Special education certification provides students with the ability to be more marketable in the field of education. Using the knowledge and skills to create developmentally and ability appropriate educational environments, students reduce barriers to learning and provide appropriate supports for all learners. The student acquires methods and strategies to accommodate the needs of diverse learners through adaptations, modifications, and appropriate assessment.

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