West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Elementary Education 2+2 (Transfer to West Liberty University)

Elementary Education 2+2
Associate in Applied Science
Transfer to West Liberty University

Note: The “2+2” term is used to refer to a transfer agreement through which a student completes an Associate degree at WVNCC and finishes a Bachelor’s degree at another institution. Because of individual student factors, part-time or full-time status, need for transitional education coursework, 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. The term “2+2” does not imply a guarantee that a student will be able to complete all requirements in four years.

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

To be admitted to the WLU program, students must have a 2.5 GPA or better and have earned at least a “C” in ENG 101, ENG 102, MATH 204, MATH 205, SPCH 105, PSYC 208 and PSYC 218. Students also must pass a preprofessional skill test (Praxis I) and state mandated certification tests (Praxis II).*

Students in this program should be aware that they may be asked to submit a folder or portfolio of their work at the end of their junior year at WLU and may want to retain copies of major projects, papers, or other relevant work completed at WVNCC to submit with their folder/portfolio at WLU.

Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A. degree under the 2+2 Elementary Education program with WLU should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human development, culture 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 2+2 Associate in Arts degree, including the ability to:
  • Communicate effectively • View issues from a global perspective
  • Work collaboratively • Think critically and solve problems
  • Conduct basic research using computers • Appreciate literature and the arts
  • Live according to conscious values and ethics

To be admitted to the WLU program, students must:

  • Have a 2.5 cummulative GPA or better*
  • Have earned at least a “C” in ENG 101, ENG 102, MATH 204, MATH 205, SPCH 105, PSYC 208, and PSYC 218
  • Pass a professional skills test (Praxis I)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete a 1 credit course through WLU (EDUC 100 - Introduction to Professional Education), which is a twelve (12) hour field-based experience which includes direct instruction, simulations, and group discussions. Minimum grade of “C” is required.
  • Submit a portfolio (at the end of the sophmore year) which includes:
  • A resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Evidence of PPST scores or exemption
  • Personal statement/philosophy of education
  • Faculty letter of recommendation (WLU forms)
  • Second letter of recommendation - not a relative (WLU forms)
  • Record of field experiences (listing) from EDUC 100 and others, if applicable
  • Personal plan of study signed and dated by advisor
  • Four (4) artifacts with supporting narrative explanation
  • Any additional items required by the content area
  • Participate in an interview, during which they also complete a writing sample

*Although a cumulative GPA of 2.0 meets requirements for graduation at WVNCC, students who do not meet the GPA (or other special) requirements at the transfer 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 at the transfer institution early in their program to check on this, and other requirements for admission to the baccalaureate program.

Students are encouraged to meet with members of the Teacher Education and English faculty 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.


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