Elementary Education Program (K-6)
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR
To earn a North Carolina Elementary (K-6) teaching license Wake Forest undergraduates must major in Elementary Education and minor in another department or earn a concentration* in Spanish, French, or German.
Prior to formal admission to the program, students must take the following courses in the Department of Education:
- EDU 201 – Educational Policy and Practice
- EDU 201L – Field Lab I
- EDU 311 – Learning and Cognitive Science
These courses are usually taken during the sophomore year or fall of the junior year. EDU 201 and EDU 201L should be taken concurrently. An Elementary Education advisor can assist you with special circumstances.
The following courses must also be taken as part of the graduation requirements for an Elementary Education major. These courses may also meet divisional requirements.
- ANT 111 – People and Cultures of the World
- At least one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) course
- At least one mathematics course
These courses are usually taken in the freshman, sophomore, or fall of the junior year. Some students complete these requirements during the spring semester of their senior year.
Formal Admission to the Elementary Education Major
Admission to the major requires a formal application and includes the following requirements:
- Successful completion of EDU 201, EDU 201L, and EDU 311
- Provide Evidence of Meeting NC State Testing Requirements
- Possession of a grade point average of 2.50 or higher (minimum 2.50 must be maintained throughout the program)
- Successful completion of an interview with the Elementary Education Committee or a faculty designee
- Positive recommendations as a strong candidate for teaching by the instructors of EDU 201, 201L, and 311 and by the public school teacher who supervised Educational Policy & Practice Lab (EDU 201L)
The formal application, submittal of supporting documentation, and completion of these requirements must be completed by January of the junior year.
Once admitted to the program, students become teacher candidates, form a cohort, and are immersed in education coursework during the spring semester of their junior year and fall semester of their senior year. Recommendation for licensure in North Carolina occurs upon completion of all program requirements, usually in the spring of the senior year.
Teaching licenses are issued through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. All licensing questions should be addressed to Tracy Stegman (firstname.lastname@example.org), the WFU Department of Education Licensure Officer.
For course details, please see the Elementary Education Course of Study.
The graphic below outlines the Elementary Education course of study. Click the image to enlarge it, or download the course of study graphic as a PDF.
The Elementary Education Application can be completed online and submitted to Tracy Stegman. For questions about this application form, please contact Tracy Stegman, Teacher Licensure Officer for the Education Department.
For information about the Elementary Education program, please contact one of the Elementary Education faculty listed below.
|Dr. Patricia Cunningham||Dr. Donal Mulcahy|
For more assistance with advising, Prospective Elementary Education majors should contact Dr. Donal Mulcahy.