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Bachelor of Science in
Child Development & Family STudies

Early Childhood Development Pathway

student with baby
The early childhood development curriculum pathway offers the three options below.  For more detailed information, including course schedules and descriptions, please view the student handbook. 

CDFS Undergraduate Student Handbook

1) Pre-K Certification with Pre-School
Special Needs Pre-K-K Endorsement Option

This Pre-K option provides the candidate the opportunity to apply for a certification in Pre-K and Pre-K Special Needs. Having both certifications will prepare graduates for greater employment opportunities. Most school systems are required by law to be fully inclusive (preschool classrooms include children with special needs). The student will have experience and the required courses for both certifications. Students in this option are encouraged to fulfill the requirements for the Infant Toddler Education Certificate and the Early Childhood Directors Credential.

Students must purchase LiveText for this option (see note below)

Test Requirements include:  

  • Passing the PRAXIS CORE is required for full admission to this option. Students may be exempt from taking the Praxis Core with an ACT composite score of 26 or an SAT Verbal and Math score of 1170 (prior to March 2016 test sitting) or SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math Section 1240 (post-March 2016 test sitting). Please note that Praxis Core subject areas: Math, Reading, and Writing may be taken separately. 
  • Passing the PRAXIS II is required prior to enrolling in Special Education Student Teaching (SPED 419)
Note: See ets.org  for WVDE scores and test code or speak to your advisor.


2) Pre-K Certification

Students in this option will only be eligible to apply for certification in Pre-K (not Special Education). 

The 2 + 2 students may choose this path because of the time restraints. Students who were in option 1 and passed the Praxis I and II but could not complete the requirements for Special Education can transfer into this option if they meet the qualifications. Students must understand that this option only prepares students for the Pre-K certification. After graduating in this option, students may not return to WVU and add the SPED courses for option 2. They are only offered to students enrolled in option 1. Students must also fulfill the requirements for the Infant Toddler Education Certificate and are encouraged to complete the Early Childhood Directors Credential to qualify for additional employment opportunities. 

Students must purchase LiveText for this option ( see note below) 

Test Requirements include:

  • Passing the PRAXIS CORE is required. You may be exempt from taking the Praxis Core with an ACT composite score of 26 or an SAT score of 1170. Please note that Praxis Core subject areas: Math, Reading, and Writing may be taken separately. 
Note:  See ets.org  for WVDE scores and test code or speak to your advisor.


3) Child Development (Non-Certification) Option

This option is for students who need the Child Development background for their career goals but do not need certification. These students will not teach in the public schools. Some students study Child Development to pursue advanced degrees in related fields. Also, students who do not do well on the test requirements for options 1 and 2 but who can meet the other requirements often pursue this option, knowing they will not be eligible for certification. Students must also fulfill the requirements for the Infant Toddler Education Certificate and are encouraged to complete the Early Childhood Director’s Credential to qualify for additional employment opportunities.
LiveText is not required for non-certification options .

No Praxis test requirements


Note:   CDFS online courses are permitted for Pre-K Options majors with the exception of CDFS 211, 212, 250, 316, 413, 491, and 491A which are to be taken as on campus classes.  To register for online CDFS classes, please complete the Online Class Registration Form .

Students must purchase LiveText (for options 1 and 2)

The College of Education and Human Services has implemented the LiveText system ( www.livetext.com) as its Student Assessment Management System. LiveText will allow faculty to evaluate students in key assessment areas and collect data via forms, students to build professional portfolios for demonstration of competencies throughout their program, and administrators to report accurate and up-to-date data for the accreditation of CEHS academic programs. Five-year subscriptions will need to be purchased from theWVU Bookstore in Towers.