Total number of hours for program: 120-128.
Teacher Education Program Requirements
All students who declare a major in an educator preparation must apply and meet all requirements for admission to and continuation in the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted into the Teacher Education program prior to taking most courses in the Professional Education Sequence. EDCI 201 and SPED 240 are the only courses in the Professional Education Sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education.
Elementary Education Program Requirements
Students can declare a major in Elementary Education and their second academic concentration (SAC) at any point and complete several courses prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. However, admission to Teacher Education is required for Elementary Education majors to enroll in most advanced courses.
Elementary Education teacher candidates must earn a C or better in all major and professional education sequence courses, as well as ENGL 101 and ENGL 202. In addition, teacher candidates must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA. A student who falls below the 2.75 GPA threshold will be removed from the program and must improve the GPA and reapply for admission to continue in the program. If a student receives an C- or lower 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 If a student fails any required major course twice, the student is withdrawn from the major. If a student does not successfully complete internship, they may be withdrawn from the program and will be ineligible for licensure.
Elementary Education teacher candidates must maintain professional behavior that adheres to the North Carolina code of ethics for teachers and the professional dispositions of the College of Education and Allied Professions to remain in the Teacher Education Program and the major.
All students must complete a total of 120-128 hours depending upon SAC including:
- Liberal Studies (42 hours including three hours of Freshman Seminar)*
- Second Academic Concentration (18 hours)*
- Professional Education Sequence (27 hours)
- Major Courses (41 hours)
*Some SACs and major courses can count toward Liberal Studies. Double counting can affect the total number of hours needed to complete degree. The minimum number of required hours for graduation is 120.