Elementary Education Program (K-6)

Ethan Groce at Pt. England Primary School in Auckland, NZ


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 2.70 or higher  (minimum 2.70 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

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 (stegmath@wfu.edu), the WFU Department of Education Licensure Officer.

For course details, please see the Elementary Education Course of Study.


The Elementary Education Handbook (PDF) and Elementary Education Student Teaching Handbook (PDF) are now available for download and printing.

Apply Online

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.


Beginning in Fall, 2016, we  offer two Graduate Programs in Elementary Education.  Both the initial Master Teacher Fellows (MTF) and advanced Master Teacher Associates (MTA) in Elementary Education are fully accredited. More information soon.


For information about the Elementary Education program, please contact one of the Elementary Education faculty listed below.

Elementary Education Faculty
Headshot of Dr. Donal Mulcahy
Dr. Patricia Cunningham Dr. Donal Mulcahy

For more assistance with advising, prospective Elementary Education majors should contact Dr. Donal Mulcahy.