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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.

Undergraduate Majors

Child Development and Family Studies B.S.

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The bachelor's in child development and family studies (CDFS) program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of areas, including childcare specialist, early childhood teacher, developmental specialist, child life educator, parent educator, extension specialist and family life specialist. Placements at the WVU Child Development Laboratory (Nursery School), pediatrics unit of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital and other community agencies offer real-world experience for our students.

Child Development and Family Studies Online Degree

With Pre-K Certification Option

The online bachelor's in child development and family studies with Pre-K certification option, is ideal for individuals who are already working in the field of early childhood education and must obtain a degree with certification in Pre-K to maintain their employment. It is also ideal for those who want to enter the field with a four-year degree, but may not be able to regularly travel to campus. Students must have graduated from high school at least four years prior to enrolling in the program.

Elementary Education

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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.

Communication Sciences and Disorders


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.

Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services

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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.

Special Education

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Specialize in Special Education at an undergraduate level, with an undergraduate additional endorsement in Pre-School Special Needs (PreK-K) available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies Program. Students can also choose a special education focus in the Multidisciplinary Studies program.

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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.

Undergraduate Minors