Elementary Education Concentration
The Associate in Arts- Elementary Education concentration is a program that serves a dual purpose. It provides the first two years of general study to students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program and work toward a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Elementary Education (see transfer information). It also provides two years of general studies to individuals who desire a structured, non-technical, degree program to gain employment or to secure a promotion in employment.
With the AA-ELME Concentration Degree, students would be eligible to transfer into a 4-year Teacher Education Program, specifically at local Institutions in which BridgeValley has established articulation agreements. Completion of the AA-ELME Concentration does not guarantee admission to a Teacher Education Program. Students must meet specific requirements of the transferring institution. The degree can also provide the foundation for General Education and assist in gaining employment or advancement in employment.
More About the Program
- While completing the AA-ELME Concentration Degree, students will be engaged in 40 hours of observation in a K-5 Educational Setting. Prior to entering a K-5 Educational Setting, Students will be require to complete and pass a background check.
- The Praxis Core Exam (Writing, Reading and Math) will be a part of the ELME 207- Educational Psychology and Learning. Passing the Praxis Core is a fundamental requirement for transfer to a 4-year Teacher Education Program. Should a student not pass the Praxis Core, optional review courses (ELME 299 – Special Topics) can be taken by the student.
- Completion of the AA-ELME Concentration Degree does not guarantee that the student will be accepted into a transferring institution’s Teacher Education Program.
- Students must complete all ELME courses with a grade of “C” or better and fulfill all institutional graduation requirements as noted in the college catalog to receive an AA-ELME Concentration Degree.
(note: some 4-year Teacher Education programs require a “B” or better on Education Specific Courses and a GPA of 3.0 as admission requirements into a Teacher Education Program.)
Judith Whipkey, MS
Chair/Program Coordinator - AA - ELME Concentration
2001 Union Carbide Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303