Elementary Education, A.B.Ed.

Prospective Students, please note:

The School of Education is currently revamping its teacher-preparation program, creating a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree model in which students can complete their undergraduate degree and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching degree in approximately five years. The new model is one of several options for incoming students interested in pursuing teaching careers:

  • The new bachelor’s/master’s model.
  • The UNC-BEST program in which undergraduates may choose science and math majors (biology, chemistry, geology, physics and astronomy, and mathematics) and take courses needed to obtain licensure to teach.
  • The Bachelor of Music for students who wish to teach music or pursue graduate education in music performance, composition or research.

The new five-year bachelor’s/master’s model replaces the School’s undergraduate programs in child development and family studies, elementary education, and middle grades education.

More details about why we are moving to the new program are available here.

Program Description


The School of Education offers three undergraduate programs in teacher education: Child Development and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten), Elementary Education (Kindergarten-Grade 6), and Middle Grades Education (Grades 6-9). All are four-year programs with the junior and senior years spent in the School of Education. All programs prepare the student for licensure.

Admission to all three programs is competitive and based on an application process in March, typically in the sophomore year. For additional information about applying to one of the undergraduate teacher education programs, consult the Undergraduate Bulletin or admissions for the School of Education.

Elementary Education (Grades K-6)

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.


NOTE: February 10, 2015 is the admissions deadline for the last cohort that will be admitted to this program before it is replaced by the dual bachelor's/master's model described above.

Program Contact

Mollie Lloyd, Program Coordinator
(919) 843-5725