West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Elementary Education 2+2 / Pre-Elementary Education Option (Transfer to Bethany College)

Elementary Education 2+2 Pre-Elementary Education Option
Associate in Arts
Transfer to Bethany College

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 Associate of Arts degree from West Virginia Northern. Upon completing the remaining specified credit hours at Bethany College they will receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Although 67 credit hours are required for the associate degree, Bethany may accept up to 74 credit hours in transfer. In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to Bethany’s Teacher Education program must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a transcript to Bethany College verifying an overall grade point average of 2.5 overall*
  • Submit a written application for admission to teacher education to the Director of Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Submit two positive recommendations from faculty
  • Successful completion of the PRAXIS I - PPST (reading, mathematics, & writing)
  • Positive recommendation by the Education Unit faculty

Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A. degree under the articulation agreement with Bethany College’s School of Teacher Education should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the profession of education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in elementary education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories of psychology and human development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues related to standards of the teaching profession
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the Pre-Elementary Education A.A. degree
  • Utilize critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate commitment to attendance, initiative, organization and interest in the profession

*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.

First Year – Fall Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ENG 101 College Composition I - 3
HIST HIST Core Requirement+ - 3
HS 147 Understanding Human Diversity - 3
MUS 105 Appreciation of Music - 3
POLS 102 American National Government & Politics - 3

First Year – Spring Semester - Cr. Hrs.
BIO 110 Principles of Biology - 4
ENG 102 College Composition II - 3
MATH 108 College Algebra w/ Applications - 4
PSYC 218 Exceptional Children - 3
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3

Second Year – Fall Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ECCE 100 Foundations of Education - 3
GSC 100 Science in the Contemporary World - 4
MATH 204 Math for Teachers I - 4
SS 207 WV & the Appalachian Subculture - 3

Second Year – Spring Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ENG Literature Core Requirement* - 3
GEOG 205 World Geography - 3
HPE 105 Personal Fitness - 1
MATH 205 Math for Teachers II - 4
PSYC 208 Developmental Psychology - 3

Total Hours in Program - 60
+ Choose from: HIST 110 or HIST 111.
* Choose from: ENG 200, ENG 201, ENG 210, or ENG 211.


NOTE: Since students in this program complete 18 credit hours in the Social
Sciences (HIST, POLS 102, SS 207, PSYC 208, PSYC 218, and GEOG 205), the WVNCC Social Science core requirements listed for an A.A. degree will be waived, and students will be allowed to substitute the above named courses to fulfill their Social Science core requirements for graduation.



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