Program Coordinators: Lisa Buchanan, Martin Wasserberg
The elementary program is primarily concerned with preparing initially licensed teachers for K-6 license in the state of North Carolina. The target audience is undergraduate students who wish to meet eligibility requirements for a K-6 elementary teaching license. The program of study includes a 4 semester sequence of courses in teaching methods and elementary content, and a series of increasingly comprehensive field experience. The culminating capstone is a semester long internship in a public elementary classroom.
Degree Requirements for Elementary Education:
Students should follow university studies requirements of the University of North Carolina Wilmington as outlined in the University Studies section of the catalogue.
The major in elementary education requires 79 - 82 hours (64 hours of education courses and 15 - 18 hours in an academic concentration) as follows:
Students wishing to pursue teacher preparation programs must be formally admitted to the Watson College of Education and to the Teacher Education Program. Students in all programs should consult their advisors for admission procedures and for a list of courses requiring Watson College admissions. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all education courses, as well as courses in the interdisciplinary specialty and the professional semester. Students may repeat courses in which they earn a grade lower than a “C-” only with the permission of the dean of the Watson College of Education. A cumulative grade point average of 2.70 is required for eligibility for the practicum semester.
An academic concentration of 15 semester hours is required. Academic concentrations may be chosen from one of the following ten concentrations:
*Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language concentrations require 18 hours.
*Early Childhood Education
Practicum for Elementary Education Majors with EYC Concentration
EDN 411 is a typical 14-week internship for Elementary Education majors. It must be conducted in a kindergarten classroom. Grades for EDN 411 , EDN 413 and EDN 419 (Practicum) will be based entirely on the intern’s performance in the kindergarten classroom. Practicum semester will conclude with 3 full days of participant observation in an approved preschool setting during the final three days of the last week of the internship, the transition week. Interns pursuing the EYC Academic Concentration will be placed in a preschool classroom. For the entire school day of each of the three days of observation, interns pursuing EYC Academic Concentration will observe the children, the teacher and the routines of the day and work with children under the direction of their partnership teacher.
*English as a Second Language
Semester Abroad - Minimum 12 hours from any of the following areas:
Mathematics and Technology
Physical Activity, Wellness and Childhood Obesity
Science and Health
Health - Minimum of 3 Hours:
Any HEA course numbered 001-499.