The Department of Elementary Education at UNC Pembroke offers a B.S. in Elementary Education with teacher licensure. The program:
- allows candidates to develop the content knowledge necessary to become a successful teacher in the Kindergarten-Grade 6 learning environment
- provides candidates opportunities for hands-on classroom experiences
- prepares educators that will engage and motivate their students in active learning and inspires them to become lifelong learners
- develops professional educators who are committed, collaborative, and competent in their chosen profession
The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and provides the means for candidates to earn a Standard Professional I license to teach in the state of North Carolina.
At the graduate level, the department offers the M.A. Ed degree in Elementary Education. The mission of the master’s program in elementary education is to prepare the experienced teacher for full participation in their chosen profession as leader, researcher, and master practitioner. Through collaboration, inquiry, reflection and practice teachers engage in professional development to:
- improve student learning and academic achievement of their students,
- strengthen the teaching and learning environments of their schools
- enhance collaborative relationships with diverse families and communities
The program is offered for practicing teachers that hold a Standard Professional I teaching license in elementary education and leads to master's licensure. Two years of full-time teaching experience is recommended, but not required.