Elementary Education, A.B.Ed.
Information for Students Enrolled in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 Cohorts
The Elementary Education program provides students with a broad academic background and the specific professional education knowledge and skills necessary for teachers of young children, kindergarten through grade six.
The undergraduate program in elementary education is a 120 semester-hour program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Education (A.B.Ed.) degree. The 121 credit hours of coursework and field experiences include General College requirements, usually completed during the first-year and sophomore year; the professional core courses (55 hours); and a series of breadth and depth courses that comprise a major academic concentration (24-39 hours).
Professional education requirements, to be completed during the junior and senior year, include coursework in child development, learning theory, social foundations of education and teaching methods. Many courses have extensive fieldwork and are frequently taught at a public school site. The senior spring semester is devoted exclusively to student teaching.
For the major academic concentration, students select among:
- The Arts
- Language and Literature
- Mathematics and Science
- Social Studies
The degree program is designed to prepare students to meet competencies for NC licensure. Upon completion of all degree requirements, including student teaching, and all testing (PRAXIS and technology competencies) requirements, students may apply for initial teacher licensure in North Carolina.