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Bethany-AAS Pre-Elementry Education Option

Elementary Education 2+2
Pre-Elementary Education Option
Associate in Arts Degree 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.

Academic Advisor(s): WH-Vavra; WT-Rychlicki; NM-Goldstein


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



HIST Core Requirement +


HS 147

Understanding Human Diversity



Humanities Core (Fine Arts)**


POLS 102

American National Government & Politics


SL 140

Deaf Culture & Ethics



 Total: 18



First Year – Spring Semester Cr. Hrs.

BIO 110

Principles of Biology


ENG 102

College Composition II 


MATH 108

College Algebra w/ Applications


PSYC 218

Exceptional Children


SPCH 105

Fundamentals of Speech Communication




Total: 17





Second Year – Fall Semester Cr. Hrs.

ECCE 100

Foundations of Education


GSC 100

Science in the Contemporary World


MATH 204

Math for Teachers I


SL 101

American Sign Language I


SS 207

WV & the Appalachian Subculture






 Total: 17



Second Year – Spring Semester Cr. Hrs.


Literature Core requirement***


GEOG 205

World Geography


HPE 105

Personal Fitness


MATH 205

Math for Teachers II


PSYC 208

Developmental Psychology


SL 102

American Sign Language II



Total: 17

Total Hours in Program: 69


+ Choose from: HIST 110 or HIST 111.

** Choose from: ART 114 or MUS 105;

*** 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. Refer to Core Requirements for the Associate in Arts Program.