Elementary Education (K–6), B.S.

Overall Requirements 

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • ​Minimum grade of C required in all courses listed under Major Requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements - Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC)

Major Requirements

51 credits with a grade of C or better as listed below
Contemporary Topics in Mathematics
Mathematics for Teaching
Teaching as a Profession
Required Courses42
Strategies for Teaching Students with Disabilities in General Education Settings
Language Arts Education
Internship I: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
Integrating the Social Studies in Elementary Grades
Science Education in the Elementary School
Internship II: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
Mathematics Education
Internship III: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
Reading Education
Advanced Methods in the Elementary Grades
Student Teaching: Elementary Grades
Student Teaching Seminar
Related Area Requirements *13
Cultural Foundations of Education
Development of School-Age Children
Healthful Living Pedagogy for Elementary School Teaching
Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educational Settings
Select one of the following:
Child Art and Teaching
Dance in Preschool and Elementary Settings
Music for Preschool and Elementary Teachers
Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher

With a grade of C or higher

Second Academic Concentration Requirements

24 credits with a grade of C or better as listed below.

All students majoring in Elementary Education are required to complete an approved second academic concentration consisting of 18 credits in a basic academic discipline or in an approved interdisciplinary studies program. The following 18 credit interdisciplinary academic concentrations have been approved for Elementary Education: American Studies, Art, Diversity Studies, Environmental Education, Global Studies, Language and Communication, Science, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The following 18 credit second academic concentrations are strongly recommended for those planning to major in Elementary Education: Biology or Chemistry or Physics, English, History, Mathematics. The following 24 credit second academic concentrations have been approved: French, Spanish.


Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree. Electives should increase students’ knowledge in general education and in a content field (such as psychology or multicultural education).

Requirements for Admission to the Major

  1. Scores
    Satisfactory scores on Praxis I, ACT, or SAT I.
  2. GPA
    GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Courses
    Grades of C or better in the courses listed below.
    College Algebra
    Mathematics for Teaching
    Teaching as a Profession

Disciplinary Honors in Elementary and Middle Grades Education  


  • A minimum of 12 credit hours of Honors course work with grades of A or B as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
  • Maintain a “good standing” status in the Elementary and Middle Grades Education program, which means the student is not on a Professional Improvement Plan and is managing the extensive workload and internship.
Senior Honors Project
Select 6-9 credits of Honors course work in the major6-9
Select 0-3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area0-3


Students who complete the requirements for the Disciplinary Honors Program receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Elementary and Middle Grades Education; have that accomplishment, along with the title of their Senior Honors Project, noted on their official transcript; and are recognized at a banquet held at the end of the academic year.

Honors Advisor

Contact Jennifer Mangrum at jrmangru@uncg.edu for further information and guidance about Honors in Elementary and Middle Grades Education. To apply: http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/forms/disc-application.pdf

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as a Second Academic Concentration for Elementary Education Majors

The TESOL concentration is designed to prepare prospective elementary teachers for multilingual and multicultural classrooms.

There are two options available within the TESOL concentration: 

  • a focus on ESL certification (designed for any Elementary Education major), or
  • a focus on dual-language certification (designed for Elementary Education majors with advanced foreign language proficiency).


  • 18 credit hours
Core Courses9
Language Foundations for Teachers
Institutes in Education
Legal, Historical, and Cultural Issues in ESL
Dual Language Instructional Practice
Foreign Language Course Work *6

At least 6 hours of foreign language coursework. Students who choose the Dual-language option need to have 6 hours of advanced foreign language coursework. In some cases, students already with advanced language proficiency may take other courses in place of foreign language courses with the approval of their advisor.