Want to make a career of helping others? Our undergraduate majors and minors offer
hands-on, technologically oriented programs of study. You can put your new skills
to use immediately at schools and clinics, including the WVU Child Development
Laboratory (Nursery School), professional development schools and the WVU Speech
and Hearing Centers. You will not only add professional experience to your resume,
but build lasting relationships with professionals in your field.
Child Development and Family Studies
Students who choose to pursue a bachelor of science degree in child development
and family studies (CDFS) may select a professional focus from a wide variety
of areas. This allows students to qualify for a greater variety of employment
opportunities, including but not limited to childcare specialist, early childhood
teacher, developmental specialist, child life educator, parent educator, extension
specialist and family life specialist. Field placements at the WVU Child Development
Laboratory (Nursery School), pediatrics unit of Ruby Memorial Hospital and other
community agencies concerned with youth and families offer opportunities to apply
classroom theory to actual situations.
NEW PROGRAM: enrolling in Spring 2016 for the Fall 2016 semester!
Child Development and Family Studies Online Program
Birth to Age 4 with Pre-K Certification Option
CEHS's new Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies Program -
birth to age 4 with Pre-K Certification option - is ideal for off-campus
individuals who must obtain a degree with certification in Pre-K to maintain their
employment in the field of early childhood education, as well as for other off
campus individuals who want to enter the field with a four-year degree.
A traditional four-year program on campus at West Virginia University, the bachelor
of arts in elementary education degree prepares students to earn teacher
certification in multiple subjects for grades K-6. Students will work in classrooms
for four semesters prior to the final student teaching semester, granting
them over 600 hours of real-world experience in local schools with professional
educators as mentors. Faculty-led study abroad opportunities are also available
for students who wish to explore education programs and methods across the globe.
Regents Bachelor of Arts
The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree program is an innovative, foundational
bachelor’s degree that is designed to meet the unique needs of the non-traditional
adult learner. Courses are offered, both on-campus and online, with a higher
degree of flexibility than most undergraduate programs.
In this program, students are provided with a comprehensive general education –
without the requirement of a specific major or standard courses, as is usually
required for graduation – and are encouraged to design their own individualized
program of study based on their interests and specific career goals.
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting professions in which practitioners
provide services for individuals of all ages who have speech, voice, language,
swallowing, hearing, and/or balance disorders. This pre-professional program emphasizes
education in liberal studies, anatomy, and physiology of the speech and hearing
mechanisms, development of speech and language skills, awareness of cultural diversity
and its relationship to communication, phonetics, and a broad introduction to communication
sciences and disorders. Students are first admitted to the pre-speech pathology
and audiology (Pre-SPA) program of study and matriculate as such during their freshman
and sophomore years. After completing the necessary Pre-SPA requirements, students
may apply for admission to the bachelor of science degree program in Speech Pathology
Education and Human Services
The Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Program offers individuals the opportunity
to design a unique program of study tailored to develop the knowledge and
skills that will help them get the career they want. Students develop a breadth
of knowledge in a chosen career path by choosing from our array of minors, as well
as minors available across campus. An MDS student at CEHS will choose three minor
areas (two must be from CEHS) and must demonstrate how these fields of study work
together toward his/her educational and/or career goals. Learn more about the undergraduate
minors available to choose from, below.
Want to be a science or math teacher? Consider
WVUteach and major in science, math, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering,
or even pre-med while also taking the opportunity to work alongside
master teachers to get hands-on classroom and teaching experiences! If teaching
sparks your curiosity and you'd like to pursue it as an extra career option,
WVUTeach will help you earn a license to teach high school while completing your
major, with no added time or cost.