CDFS Bachelor of Science Program

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The CDFS Bachelor of Science Program has the following four options: 1) Pre-K / with Pre-K-K Special Needs endorsement, 2) Pre-K Certification only, 3) Pre- K- Child Development (No Certification), and 4) Family and Youth.

Pre-K/Pre-K-K Special Needs 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.

Test Requirements include:
– Passing the Praxis I (#5751)- This must be taken and passed prior to admittance to this option
– Passing the Praxis II, (#0690). This must be taken and passed prior to enrolling in Special Education Student Teaching (SPED 319)

Pre-K Certification Only Option

Students in this option will only be eligible to apply for certification in Pre-K (not Special Education). Students take the courses required for the Pre-K certification. The 2 + 2 students may choose this path because of the time restraints. Students who were in the above option 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.

Test Requirements include:
– Passing the Praxis I (#5751) -must be taken and passed prior to admittance to this option

Pre-K/Child Development Non- Certification Option

Students who do not want to be certified take this 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

Family and Youth Studies

The 4th option of study in CDFS is Family and Youth Studies. This option is best suited for students who are interested in working with older children, adolescents, and/or families in youth development or family development programs in community agencies or services. Students interested in becoming a Child Life Specialist should select this option. Additionally, this emphasis is appropriate for students who will pursue graduate studies in human development, family studies, marriage and family therapy, education, developmental psychology, social work, and related fields. Students in the Family and Youth Studies emphasis complete coursework related to family issues, family interaction, human growth and development, human sexuality, youth concerns, and related topics. All students are required to complete two internships at community family and/or youth-focused agencies, at the Child Life Program at Ruby Children’s Hospital or through WVU Extension Services. Students in this option may wish to consider completing a certificate in Women and Gender Studies, Disability Studies, or Gerontology or to pursue a minor in Entrepreneurship, Communication Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, or related areas.


Options 1, 2 and 3 are best suited for students who are interested in working with young children in inclusive environments. These options encompass the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children in the family and in early childhood contexts. Students use current recommended curricula for preschoolers and implement other innovative activities with young children ranging from birth to age 8. In addition, students perform developmental assessments, and interact with young children in developmentally appropriate ways. Settings for internship experiences include the state of the art West Virginia University Child Development Laboratory (Nursery School), public school preschools, and placements in community childcare centers. Students in option 1 are prepared for certification in Pre-K and Pre-K with Special Needs upon graduation. Employment opportunities for students who have completed Pre-K options are many and varied, but for those who elect to obtain certification, job opportunities include universal Pre-K teaching positions with the public schools, working in childcare centers, preschools, Head Start, and social service agencies. These options also prepare students for graduate work in child development, early intervention, and related disciplines. Students who are interested in owning and operating their own nursery schools or child care centers should pursue the Early Childhood Education Director’s Credential. In order to prepare our students to assume these responsibilities, students take 10 credit hours of courses required for the CDFS Early Childhood Director’s Credential. Students should also take the 2 additional courses to receive a Certificate in Infant and Toddler Education.

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.

Students must purchase LiveText (for options 1 and 2)
The College of Education and Human Services has implemented the LiveText system ( 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 the WVU Bookstore in Towers.

Information for Transfer Students

Many students transfer to WVU from other institutions or transfer from within the University into CDFS. A student must have an overall average of 2.5 GPA to be accepted as a transfer.

Students must expect to spend the time necessary to complete the program. Certain courses are offered only in the fall or spring of the sophomore, junior and senior years. In addition, certain courses must be taken in a specified sequence.

Students transferring from other institutions must apply in advance with the WVU Office of Admissions and Records (304-293-2124) to determine which courses taken at other institutions will be given full credit at WVU. Students transferring from within the institution, must take their records to Anita Garten in CEHS Student Advising, (710F Allen Hall, 304-293-2137) for assessment.

Program Coordinator:
Nancy Wolfe-Dilgard

*Have questions? Fill out the CDFS Undergraduate Program Inquiry Form online