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Welcome to the College of Professional Studies at West Virginia State University. Our students, faculty and staff congratulate you in taking the first step in reaching your academic goals. The mission of our College is to prepare qualified professionals to serve and lead in a global society. Rich in tradition, the College is organized around some of the University’s earliest developed programs. Students can choose from academic programs in EducationHealth and Human PerformanceSocial Work and Criminal Justice. In addition, the College houses Military Science/ROTC as an elective course of study specializing in management, leadership, and life skills.

Our highly qualified, experienced, and diverse faculty and staff are committed to providing you with a positive learning environment where you can experience academic success in your quest for a successful career. The College of Professional Studies offers innovative and meaningful learning experiences through active student engagement and collaboration with peers and faculty. Your curriculum will provide you with the opportunities to use technology, critical thinking, questioning and problem-solving as you explore interesting and current topics and issues. More importantly, you will develop oral and written communication skills necessary for success in your chosen field.

Academic programs integrate course work with internships which allow students to apply new ideas and theory into real-life learning events. Students in this College often acquire an international, national, or state certification, licensure, or commission to serve in professions of teaching, law enforcement, military service, social work or wellness. The faculty encourages you to take advantage of student support services, meet consistently with your academic advisor to monitor your curriculum pathway, and be involved in student organizations, clubs and honor societies.

The faculty and staff in the College of Professional Studies strive to meet students at their point of need by differentiating learning, monitoring academic pathways, and mentoring and advising on an individual basis. We hope you will find your academic passion at West Virginia State University and ultimately help us to continue the strong tradition of excellence that we have enjoyed since 1891.
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The Mission of the College of  Professional Studies is to prepare qualified professionals to serve and lead in a global society.
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College of Professional Studies Departmental News
Kappa Delta Pi ACE Awards 2017

Congratulations to Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Education Society and Professor Barbara Korn for their fourth time receiving the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award. The Lambda Zeta Chapter continues to thrive in the areas of Leadership, Fundraising, Professional Development, and Community Service. 

CPS Ice Cream Social Fall 2017

Faculty Awards Fall 2017

Dr. Kerri Steele, Social Work
WVSU Professor of the Year Award 2016-2017

Dr. Brenda Wamsley, Social Work
WVSU Research, Creative, & Scholarly Activity Award 2016-2017

Professor Patricia Wilson, Education
WVSU Service Award 2016-2017

Clay Elementary Field Trip 2017

Military Science Commissioning Ceremony 2017

Legislative Day 2017

Criminal Justice Department 
  • West Virginia’s Department of Corrections has ranked West Virginia State University as #3 of the Top Supporting Corrections & Criminal Justice offering in West Virginia. The rankings were based on student data, published surveys, and other school and career data collected from several sources, such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Schools were sorted in order of the highest percentage of total students graduating with a degree in the field of criminal justice. 
  • Marshall University Social Work Department partners with WVSU and Concord University for a $10k substance abuse grant. This collaborative partnership will be funded by a $10,000 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Adolescent Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant. This grant will allow the school of social work to prepare substance abuse issues with adolescents, according to Marshall’s undergraduate social work director, Jo Dee Gottlieb. 
  • November, 2015, Criminal Justice students from WVSU won first place in 3 out of 4 competitions and 3rd place in the fourth one at the annual West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Conference.  
      Carla Brooks placed 1st in the
       Graduate Paper Competition.

  Christopher Dolin placed 3rd in the
  Undergraduate Paper Competition.

WVSU placed first in the Quiz Bowl competition. Our team consisted of Eli Crush, Cassie Province, Dori McDonough, Jamaine Hunt, Breanna Jeffers

WVSU also placed first in the Crime Scene Competition. Our group consisted of the following members: K.C. Dodd, Tyler Brewster, Cassie Province, Dori McDonough, Jamaine Hunt, Breanna Jeffers, Eli Crush and Daniel Riggs. 
  • The Criminal Justice Administration Master’s program graduated its second class consisting of 9 graduates. This brings the total to 19 graduate students who have graduated from the program in 4 years. 
  • November, 2014, Two Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society Students, Ms. Brittany Davis and Ms. Carla Brooks won First and Third Place in the West Virginia Criminal Justice Student Paper Competitions at the state West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators conference.
Education Department
  • The Department of Education at West Virginia State University (WVSU) has received reaffirmation of accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  A seven-member onsite review team visited the WVSU campus March 15-17, 2015, to validate the six standards contained in the Institutional Report. The findings revealed all six standards were met. 
  • The WVSU Department of Education also received notification of the recognition of the programs leading to the initial teaching license.  Programs receiving national recognition through the Specialized Professional Association in the NCATE/CAEP Program Approval Process were:  Business Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Health Education, Math Education, Physical Education, Social Studies Education, Biology Education, Chemistry Education, General Science Education and Multi-categorical Special Education. 
  • Programs receiving state recognition through the Curriculum Analysis Report in the West Virginia Department of Education Program Approval Process were:  Art Education, Music Education, Spanish Education, French Education, Early Childhood Education and Reading Education.
Health and Human Performance Department
  • Alexander Keiffer from the Health and Human Performance Department is the winner of the2015 Cunningham Recreation Student Scholarship. Students majoring in Parks, Recreation & Tourism studies throughout the state of West Virginia are annually nominated by their respective faculty for consideration for this award.  The Cunningham Recreation Student Scholarship recognizes exemplary academic and leadership achievement from students pursuing professional careers in parks, recreation and tourism.  Alex is a junior in the Recreation / Tourism program at West Virginia State University where he has demonstrated strong academic and leadership qualities while serving as a role model for other students interested in outdoor recreation and adventure / ecotourism careers.  His interest in parks management includes law enforcement, motivating him to pursue a minor in Criminal Justice.
  • December 2015
    • Sports Studies program was approved by the EPC to have a Pre-Professional Track option for Sports Studies.  
Social Work Department
  • In July 2015, West Virginia State University’s Social Work Program was ranked 10th among the 50 Most Affordable Selective Schools for a Bachelor’s of Social Work in the country by Social Work Degree Guide. To earn this ranking, the Social Work Degree Guide used College Navigator’s database of thousands of U.S. colleges to compare colleges that offer bachelor’s degrees in social work.   
  • December 2015
    • The MOU with WVU for a Collaborative MSW degree program was finalized October 29, 2015.  This is one of only a few truly collaborative MSW programs in the country.  Activities in November focused on student recruitment.  Classes will be offered on the WVSU campus beginning August 2016.
 College Faculty Awards, Grants, & Honors
Criminal Justice Department
  • February 2016
    • Dr. Stroupe was a recipient of the Governor’s Annual Civil Rights Day Award
  • October 2015
    • Dr. Walter E. Stroupe, associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department at West Virginia State University (WVSU), has been appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction
  • November 2015
    • Dr. Walter Stroupe was featured in the Charleston Gazette-Mail article, Innerviews, by Sandy Wells.
  • March 2014
    • Dr. Walter Stroupe co-authored and published Etiological Risk Factors for Sibling Incest: Data from an Anonymous Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. 1-40 
  • Dr. Michael Kane received the following book contract with Crime Ink Publishing: Kane, M.J. (2015) Research Paper Writing Guide for Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation Scholars. Coronado, CA: Crime Ink Publishing. ISBN 9781634156189
 Education Department
  • February 2016
    • Dr. Mickey Blackwell has been appointed to the Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Mickey Blackwell has been appointed to the West Virginia Department of Education Superintendent’s Commission on Assessment Committee. 
  • October 2015
    • Dr. Emily Waugh, associate professor in the Education Department, has been appointed by Governor Tomblin to the West Virginia Center for Professional Development Board of Directors.
    • Dr. Paige Carney, Dean of CPS and Professor Barbara Korn were  awarded an Improving Teacher Quality grant titled, “Hungry for Words” which is being implemented in Clay and Calhoun Counties for the 2015-2016 academic year.
    • Dr. Mickey Blackwell, assistant professor in the Department of Education, has been appointed by Governor Tomblin to serve as member of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. 
  • Dr. Brenda Wilson, Professor Katie McDilda, and two pre-service teachers (Stella Buoy and Hilary Hackney), presented at the West Virginia Professional Development Schools Conference at Flatwoods on February 26, 2015. The presentation was entitled, “Improving Teacher Preparation through After School Field Experiences” and included sharing information about Sci-Talks, a grant-funded program to promote STEM in after school programs for urban children in grades 3-5. Presenters explained the collaboration between WVSU and PDS schools in which pre-service teachers were actively involved as teachers of the after school science activities at after school sites at the schools. The professors explained the program, and the pre-service teachers did a science activity that was typical of those used in the program. 
  • Dr. Daton Dean-Leonard has been nominated by West Virginia’s educator licensing agency to participate in a multistate standard setting study being conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Praxis Computer Science Panel test.
Health and Human Performances
  • Dr. Aaron Settle presented at the annual Hammer Strength and Conditioning Conference at the University of Tennessee on February 27, 2015. His presentation topic was Common Shoulder Injuries in Football: Anatomy, Mechanism of Injury, Grading of the injury and strength and conditioning to prevent and/or rehabilitate. Over 350 strength coaches were in attendance and Dr. Settle was one of six speakers at the two day event.
Social Work Department
  • January 2016
    • Dr. Raphael Mutepa’s manuscript entitled “The process of writing a constructivist dissertation: A constructivist inquiry into the meaning of pregnancy for African American women infected with HIV” was accepted for publication in SAGE Publishing
  • October 2015
    • Dr. Brenda Wamsley, professor in the Social Work Department, was awarded Capacity Building grant titled, “Healthy Grandfamilies Project. She will serve as the Director of this grant for the three-year period in collaboration with Co-Director, Bonnie Dunn from Extension Services.
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B.S. in Criminal Justice

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program from West Virginia State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the modern criminal justice system and its relationship with society. The curriculum is informed by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and coursework features an in-depth study of the perpetrators and causes of crime from a theoretical and practical framework. Graduates of this program have a knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural, racial and gender issues within the criminal justice system and are prepared for careers as responsible criminal justice professionals.

For more information, please visit the WVSU Online page:

B.S. in Criminal Justice


M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership

The fully online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree program from West Virginia State University creates opportunities for educators to expand their skills and advance into administrative positions. The curriculum is focused on the exploration and application of new techniques and concepts, helping instructional leaders create pathways to success for students and staff members. Our coursework emphasizes social justice, fairness and equity and is grounded in research findings.

This degree is divided into two pathways: a Licensure Option for candidates who are entering the program holding a master’s degree and a Master’s Degree Option for candidates who are seeking a master’s degree in addition to the application for administrative licensure. Each option begins with foundational courses and progresses to more advanced topics that impart the content and skills necessary for success. This program provides opportunity for administrative licensure. WVSU’s Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For more information, please visit the WVSU Online page:

M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership

J. Paige
J. Paige Carney, Ed.D.
Dean College of Professional Studies / Professor of Education
Wallace 520, WVSU
Institute, WV 25112
Phone: (304) 766-3313

Gloria Massey
Academic Program Associate
College of Professional Studies
520 Wallace Hall
Phone: (304) 766-3081

The College of Professional Studies
West Virginia State University
520 Wallace Hall
PO Box 1000
Institute, West Virginia 25112-1000
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment only.
Phone: (304) 766-3081
Fax: (304) 766-5175

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