OverviewThe elementary education program at WPU is designed by experienced educators who are closely connected to public education in North Carolina, opening up a world of resources and opportunities for you to learn and grow.
If teaching is your calling, you’ve come to the right place. The education major is one of the fastest-growing undergraduate programs at WPU, with tracks in elementary education and a blended elementary/special education program. 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. The learning environment in our education program not only covers all of the content areas needed for future educators but facilitates mentorship and experience that is singular to our program.
Our elementary education degree program has a close partnership with the Wake County Public School System, one of the best school systems in North Carolina and offers students access to great 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 elementary 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.
Note to transfer students
To be admitted to the program in the Fall of the Junior year, ALL students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. North Carolina requires the following (1) meeting the passing score of 150 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733), meeting the passing score of 156 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713), and meeting the passing score of 162 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723); or (2) achieving a combined total score of 468.
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We understand that teacher preparation is imperative, so we’ve tailored our education courses to meet the changing demands our students will face in the classroom. The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Note to transfer students
To be admitted to the program in the fall of the Junior year, ALL students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a score of: Reading (156), Writing (162) and Math (150) or a cumulative score of (468)
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. WPU’s program is unique since it is a “blended” program where students earn licensure in both elementary education (K-6) and in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12). Our students graduate feeling empowered to excel in any classroom and school setting.
Recent employment by education majors:
- 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
Recent graduate school acceptances:
- East Carolina University, Special Education
- Hawaii Pacific University, Social Work