Traditional and Online Concord University Degree Program Offerings at The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center

Concord University offers the following degree programs that can be completed (in full) at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center and/or online:


  • Bachelor of Social Work can be completed at the Beckley Campus. The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare our BSW students for beginning generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings, and with diverse populations through education, research, and service with special appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia, Appalachia, and other rural areas.  The program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974.


  • Teacher Education Program  Admission to Concord University and declaration of education as a major does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program  (TEP). Rather, there are specific steps candidates must successfully complete before they can be considered for admission to the program.  In order to take multiple upper level courses in the Department of Education, as well as Student Teach, candidates must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Candidates not meeting application deadlines or admission criteria will be denied admission to the Teacher Education Program, but may reapply the following semester.  Candidates may appeal a decision of denial through the Director of Teacher Education.


Online Graduate Degree Offerings

  • The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 36 hour, on-line program that provides the professional education courses and clinical experiences, including student teaching, necessary to prepare individuals for teaching in a specific content area in grades PreK-Adult, 5-Adult, or 9-Adult.  This program is not designed to offer licensure in elementary or special education.  A transcript analysis will be required for admission and in order to identify any additional undergraduate content that may need to be completed in order to meet the requirements for the master’s degree and licensure in the secondary content specialization areas offered through Concord University as defined in WV Policy 5100-6.3.2 Standards for Subject-Area Content in Teacher Preparation Programs.  Note:  *Candidates obtaining a PreK-Adult licensure, such as Music, Art, and Physical Education are also required to take EDUC 517 , Integrated Methods in Elementary Education, to comply with WV Policy 5100.  Additionally, clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).


  • The Master of Education (M Ed)  (online format) strives to further develop and enhance the knowledge base of the practicing professional. As individuals progress though the curriculum, improvement and refinement of professional knowledge bases, reflective analysis of practice, and judgment making capabilities are enhanced and refined.  The Master of Education is a 36 credit hour program specifically designed for licensed or license eligible teachers.

    The program consists of a 12 credit hour Professional Education core and a 24 credit hour Content Specialization. All courses are offered on-line using the Blackboard learning platform.  Content coursework includes field experiences and/or internships.  Additionally, candidates may choose to enroll in coursework for re-certification, to provide greater specialization within one’s field, or for professional advancement.  A maximum of six hours of transfer graduate credit may be applied to a candidate’s program of study with the consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. All courses must have been taken within the past five years. At the graduate level, a full course load is nine credit hours.  *The Director of Graduate Studies may grant permission for prospective students other than licensed teachers to enroll in the program. However, enrolling in graduate courses without an Education degree will not lead to initial or advanced certification.


  • Master of Arts in Health Promotion on-line format. The on-line delivery system will be utilized for course instruction which will allow greater access for individuals in the State of West Virginia and the surrounding region.  Potential students for the M.A. in Health Promotion program must be proficient in computers and  possess good writing skills.

    The Master of Arts in Health Promotion (M.A.) is a 33 credit hour on-line program that will prepare highly trained health educators to meet the health needs of our society in a variety of work settings, including community and public health agencies, work site health promotion programs, schools, and other health organizations.  This program is designed for professionals who want to enhance their skills in promoting health strategies that will lead to improved disease prevention.  The M.A. in Health Promotion program is appropriate for those with undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas including health education, health promotion, public health, sociology, psychology, allied health fields, and environmental health studies.


  • Master of Social Work can be completed fully online.  The mission of the Master of Social Work Program is to prepare graduates for advanced social work practice with a rural concentration. The MSW Program is built upon a systems approach and a strengths perspective delivered in a manner that meets the needs of rural students. 

Apply online for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program by clicking here!