West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Pre-Teacher Education Specialization in Social Studies 2+2 (Transfer to West Liberty University)

Teacher Education/Pre-Secondary Education
Social Studies Specialization 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’s
degree at one institution and finishes a Bachelor’s degree at another institution. Due to individual student factors,
part-time or full-time status, need for developmental education coursework, scheduling and availability of courses, or other factors, all students may not be able to complete these degrees 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.
Further, 2+2 articulation agreements contain 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 usually be considered or approved to allow a student to graduate under a 2+2 program.

Students successfully completing this option will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree from West
Virginia Northern. Upon successfully completing the additional credit hours required at West Liberty University,
they will receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Teacher Education: Social Sciences.
Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A.S degree under the 2+2 agreement with WLU in Teacher
Education, Secondary: Social Sciences should be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the disciplines in the social sciences and relevant historical, political, and
sociological events
• Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor’s degree program with appropriate commitment to attendance,
initiative, organization, and interest in the concentration field
• Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the
2+2 Associate in Applied Science 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
In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to the Teacher Education program at WLU 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
Ed, so it must be completed during the last semester 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 is a twelve (12) hour field-based experience which includes direct instruction, simulations, and group
discussions. Minimum grade of “C” is required. It is recommended that transferring students plan to take
this course during the summer prior to transferring to WLU if possible.
• It is recommended that students electronically save samples of their work from several classes at WVNCC
for the portfolio they must submit when they are in their final year of the bachelor's degree at WLU.
*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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