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Majors & Concentrations

  • Elementary Education K-6 (BS) (Lic) U251
  • Elementary Education K-6 2Plus (BS) (Lic) U788
  • Middle Grades Education - Language Arts (BS) U256
  • Middle Grades Education - Math (BS) U257
  • Middle Grades Education - Science (BS) U258
  • Middle Grades Education - Social Studies (BS) U259

About the Major

  • The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education combines a rigorous academic program with extensive clinical practice in local sites. Elementary education majors proceed through a series of systematic field experiences in conjunction with their methods courses and weekly seminars. Over a two-year (four-semester) period, these juniors and seniors spend 10 hours per week in classrooms culminating with full-time student teaching during the fourth semester.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades combines a rigorous academic program with extensive clinical practice in our Professional Development Schools partner sites. Students assigned to a middle grades inquiry team take courses together and have 10-hour-a-week internships in Professional Development Schools. Three internships are required prior to student teaching. New middle grades teams begin in the fall semester and continue for four consecutive semesters.

Special Application Procedures

  • Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the major.
  • A 3.0 overall GPA is required plus a passing score on PRAXIS I for all licensure programs. For further details, contact the Office of Student Services, (336) 334-3410 or
  • Application for admission to teacher education is made after a student completes 51 hours, usually at the end of the sophomore year.

What's Unique about the School of Education at UNCG?

  • UNCG is well known for its outstanding teacher education program.
  • For three consecutive years, UNCG was ranked in the top category of teacher education programs in the N.C. Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) rankings.
  • A state-of-the-art SELF (Student Educator Learning Factory) Design Studio prepares pre-service teachers for the 21st-century classroom using a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education lab. Its mission is to create a space where minds come together to imagine, explore, create, and engage in the process of learning without boundaries.
  • By graduation, students have spent about 1,000 hours in schools in clinical settings.
  • Pre-service education programs are delivered through cohort-based programs. Students progress through their professional studies in teams of about 25 students under the guidance of a faculty member, retired classroom teacher, or doctoral student, who serves as their field supervisor and weekly seminar leader.
  • Students receive close personal support from faculty advisers and mentors. Students get extensive feedback in a caring, high-quality environment.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Kappa Delta Pi: This international honor society is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education.
  • Teacher Education Student Association (TESA): School of Education-led organization dedicated to leadership, awareness, and professional development in the teaching profession.  Topics and presentations are targeted to address all teacher licensure programs. Organization works closely with the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC): This national education organization is dedicated to expertise and leadership in special education.

Student Opportunities

  • All of our majors take 10-hour-per-week internships in the schools for three consecutive semesters, culminating in student teaching in the fourth semester.
  • Regular engagement in community service activities is made available to students.


  • Schools prefer our graduates for positions in their classrooms because of the close supervision they receive and their extensive field experiences.
  • Our students often assume leadership positions in their schools and the state.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

All programs are accredited with the National Council for Accreditation of Teach Education (NCATE) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

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