Elementary Education (K–6), B.S.
- 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
|General Education Requirements - Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC)|
|51 credits with a grade of C or better as listed below|
|Contemporary Topics in Mathematics|
|Mathematics for Teaching|
|Teaching as a Profession|
|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|
|Internship III: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning|
|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
Satisfactory scores on Praxis I, ACT, or SAT I.
GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Grades of C or better in the courses listed below.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours 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 major||6-9|
|Select 0-3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area||0-3|
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.
Contact Jennifer Mangrum at email@example.com 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
|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.