Fairmont State University's history of preparing effective educators began in 1865, with the institution's establishment as the first private Normal School in West Virginia. The Normal School became Fairmont State Teachers College in 1931 and began offering the first 4-Year Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Education.
In 2006, Fairmont State College became Fairmont State University and extended its tradition of high quality educator preparation by offering the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees. Fairmont State University currently offers the BA in Education in 19 specializations leading to initial certification, the MAT in 18 specializations leading to initial certification, and the M.Ed. in 2 specializations leading to either initial or advanced certification.