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 transitional 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 completing this option will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree from West Virginia Northern. Upon completing the additional credit hours required at West Liberty University, they will receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Teacher Education: Social Studies.

Students successfully completing and receiving an AAS degree under the 2+2 agreement with WLU in Teacher Education, Secondary: Social Studies 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
  • Work collaboratively
  • Think critically and solve problems
  • View issues from a global perspective
  • Conduct basic research using computers
  • Appreciate literature and the arts
  • Live according to conscious values and ethics

In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to the Teacher Education program at WLU must:

  • Have a 2.5 cummulative GPA or better*
  • Have earned at least a “C” in ENG 101, ENG 102, 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:
  1. A resume
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. Evidence of PPST scores or exemption
  4. Personal statement/philosophy of education
  5. Faculty letter of recommendation (WLU forms)
  6. Second letter of recommendation - not a relative (WLU forms)
  7. Record of field experiences (listing) from EDUC 100 and others, if applicable
  8. Personal plan of study signed and dated by advisor
  9. Four (4) artifacts with supporting narrative explanation
  10. 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.

First Year - Fall Semester

CourseCr. Hours
ENG 101 College Composition I*       3
HIST 100 World Cultures I
HIST 101 World Cultures II

MATH 108 College Algebra with Applications
MATH 210 Introduction to Statistics
POLS 102 American Nat'l. Government/Politics      3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology      3

First Year - Spring Semester

CourseCr. Hours
ART 150 Art Appreciation       3  
ENG 102 College Composition II*       3
HPE 105 Personal Fitness       1
PSYC 208 Developmental Psychology*       3
SOC 125 Introduction to Sociology       3
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Communication*       3

Second Year - Fall Semester

CourseCr. Hours
ECON 104 Principles of Macroeconomics       3
ENG English Restricted Elective**       3
HIST 110 The United States to 1865       3
MUS 105 Music Appreciation       3
SS 207 West Virginia and the Appalachian Subculture       3

Second Year - Spring Semester

CourseCr. Hours
GEOG 205 World Geography       3
GSC 100 Science in the Contemporary World       4
HIST 111 The United States Since 1865       3
HPE 110 CPR and First Aid       1
PSYC 218 Exceptional Children*       3

Total Hours in Program - 60-61

*A minimum of a "C" is required for transfer
**Choose from:ENG 200, 201, 210 or 211


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