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Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies with Pre-K Certification

This program is not accepting new students at this time.

Beginning in Fall 2021, students may enter the early childhood special education program.

View CDFS in the WVU Academic Catalog

Admissions Requirements

Students who pursue certification options complete coursework that allows them to apply for licensure in Preschool Education from the  West Virginia Department of Education, and is best suited for students interested in working in public preschool classrooms.

Admission requirements include:

  • Passing the PRAXIS CORE is required for admission to this option.

    Students are strongly encouraged to take and pass the PRAXIS CORE as soon as the major is declared, and must have all subject areas passed by start of Fall year 2. Please see for WVDE scores and test codes. You may also be exempt from taking the Praxis Core if you meet the minimum score on the ACT or SAT as determined by the state of West Virginia.
  • Passing the PRAXIS II.

    Praxis II is required prior to enrolling in Special Education Student Teaching (ECSE 419)
  • Maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0.

    Earning a “C” or better in all CDFS and ECSE courses.
  • Passing edTPA with WV state approved scores during ECSE 419.

Having the prek special needs certification and endorsement will prepare graduates for greater employment opportunities, as 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 preparing them to teach in a prek special needs classroom.

Related Student/Professional Organization


West Virginia  University Association for Young Children focuses on developing resources to support comprehensive, high-quality Early Childhood environments providing access to a variety of programs for all children and families. WVU Students within this organization represent a growing number of professionals dedicated to preparing children to become lifelong learners.

Phi Upsilon Omicron

Phi Upsilon Omicron, or Phi U, is the National Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences. The focus of Phi U is a service to the community and leadership development.

Kappa Delta Pi WVU

International Honor Society in Education