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  Jul 21, 2017
ARCHIVED 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education Second Degree Program

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Admission to the Elementary Education Second Degree Program

Students seeking admission to the Elementary Education Second Degree Program and initial licensure must already hold a BS or BA degree from an accredited institution.   Bachelor’s degrees from within the UNC system will waive Liberal Studies requirements. Degrees from out of state institutions will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Students entering the Elementary Education Second Degree program must declare their major and document a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation before being admitted. In order to be admitted students must complete an application for admission and the personality trait survey (See Admission to Teacher Education Program). Students admitted to the second degree program are not required to take the PRAXIS I exam and will not need to declare a second academic concentration. However, while enrolled in the program they must maintain a 2.75 GPA or better to remain in good standing. In addition to courses in the professional education sequence and courses in the major, Second Degree Elementary Education teacher candidates must earn a C or better in the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 202. If a student’s overall GPA falls below 2.75 the student will be removed from the program and must improve their GPA and reapply for admission. If a student receives an F in any course in the professional education sequence or major, the student must retake the course when it is offered and earn a grade of C or better. If a student fails any required major course twice, the student is withdrawn from the major. If a student does not successfully complete internship they may be withdrawn from the program and will be ineligible for licensure.

Admission to the Professional Education Sequence in Elementary Education Second Degree Program

Students in the Professional Education must be admitted to the Teacher Education Sequence and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements. EDCI 201 is the only course in the professional education sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education. The elementary education professional education sequence includes: EDCI 201, PSY 323, SPED 339, ELMG 484, ELMG 485 and ELMG 495.

Continuation in the Elementary Education Second Degree Program

The requirements for continuing in the program are (1) a GPA of at least 2.75 on hours attempted (2) behaviors and dispositions which adhere to the code of ethics of the profession and (3) satisfactory participation and completion in the required professional field experiences including ELMG 390 which are a prerequisites to internship. An evaluation of each field experience assignment will become a part of the teacher candidate’s professional record. Any dismissal from a field experience or internship will result in a grade lower than a C and will make the teacher candidate ineligible for licensure.

Elementary Education Second Degree Major Course Requirements

The major course requirements for Elementary Education Second Degree include as follows:

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