The School of Education offers the BSED to prepare students for initial licensure as professional educators. The BSED is a comprehensive degree program that builds students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities around a common professional educator core. Salem’s educator preparation program has been approved by the State of West Virginia from the inception of the institution in 1888 to the present approvals by the West Virginia Department of Education. The School of Education offers two M.Ed. programs, certificate programs for students who do not wish to pursue a full degree program and also associate’s degree for qualifying students.