Elementary Education


UNCG is well-known and highly respected for its outstanding teacher education programs. The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education combines a rigorous academic program with extensive clinical practice in partner school sites.


    • Earn initial teaching licensure for grades K–6.
    • Graduates are sought after by employers because of the close supervision and extensive field experience they received in their major.
    • Graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools and the state.
    • About 1,000 hours of hands-on experience by graduation (three semesters of approximately 10 hours/week in a classroom setting and a fourth semester spent student teaching).
    • Completion of an approved second academic concentration of at least 18 semester hours in a basic academic discipline or in an approved interdisciplinary studies program.
    • Access to a state-of-the-art SELF (Student Educator Learning Factory) design studio that prepares pre-service teachers for the 21st-century classroom using a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education lab.
    • Close, personal support from faculty advisers and mentors; extensive feedback in a caring, high-quality environment.
    • A cohort-based program; students progress through their professional studies in teams of about 25 under the guidance of a faculty member, retired classroom teacher, or doctoral student who serves as their field supervisor and weekly seminar leader.
    • Ranked in the top category of teacher education programs in the N.C. Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) rankings for three consecutive years.
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
    • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
    • Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the major. Requirements for students seeking an elementary education degree include a 3.0 overall GPA and satisfactory scores on Praxis I.

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