Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (K-6)

  • Overview

    If teaching is your calling, you’ve come to the right place. The elementary education program at WPU is designed by experienced educators connected to public education in North Carolina, opening up a world of resources and opportunities for you to learn and grow.

    Here you will dissect the early childhood learning process and examine the future of the elementary classroom and K-12 education.

    Our professors will challenge you to explore the latest teaching methods through relevant coursework, extensive practicum and field experiences, and enriching student-teaching opportunities. Our education program’s learning environment covers all of the content areas needed for future educators and facilitates mentorship and experience that is singular to our program.

    Our elementary education degree program closely partners with the Wake County Public School System, one of the best school systems in North Carolina. We offer students access to excellent learning environments with extensive resources, valuable professional contacts, and student teaching opportunities unavailable at other colleges and universities. Simply put, our students are prepared, connected, and ready to make a difference when they graduate, and many go on to obtain a master’s degree and end up teaching in higher education themselves.

    What are the requirements to become an elementary school teacher?

    Elementary teachers have an education degree, competencies in multiple subject areas (e.g., physical education, math methods, educational psychology) learned through core courses, and a teacher certification from your state board of education.

    Study Elementary Education at William Peace University
    Learn the skills to become a world-class educator, getting hands-on experience in the classroom with Wake County Public Schools
  • Courses

    View the Academic Catalog to see courses in Elementary Education. 

    Elementary Education B.A.: Sample 4-Year Plan

  • Faculty
    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.
    Associate Professor of Special Education; Program Director of Adapted Curriculum Licensure
    Associate Professor of Education; Department Chair of Education
  • Careers

    The education major was specifically designed with help from the Wake County Public School System — people who understand what teachers need to know and the skills they need to master. While most graduates go on to work in teaching or in administration in both public and private schools, many other jobs await those with an education degree. 

    WPU education graduates have gone on to jobs such as: 

    • CCR Teacher, Wake County Public Schools
    • 4th Grade Teacher, Wake County Public Schools
    • Special Education Teacher, Johnston County Public Schools
    • 6th Grade Integrated Language Arts Teacher, St. Mary’s Catholic High School, VA
    • Occupational Course of Study Teacher, Wilson County Schools
    • ASD Teacher, Osceola County School District
    • Exceptional Children’s Resource Teacher, Zeb Vance Elementary School
    • 5th Grade Teacher, Millbrook Elementary Magnet School

    WPU graduates have also been accepted into the following programs: 

    • East Carolina University, Special Education
    • Hawaii Pacific University, Social Work
  • FAQ

    What are the requirements to become an elementary school teacher?

    Elementary teachers have an education degree, competencies in multiple subject areas (e.g., physical education, math methods, educational psychology) learned through core courses, and a teacher certification from your state board of education.

WPU Alumna Courtney Massengill teaches her classroom.
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“My favorite thing about teaching is the relationships with the kids. You just get to pour into them.”

Alumna Courtney Massengill Named Wake County First-Year Teacher of the Year
Wake County Public Schools Elementary Teacher
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