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Gardner-Webb University’s College of Education strives to develop reflective and ethical educators who are knowledgeable in content, respectful of diversity, proficient in technology, and skilled in meeting the needs of all students.

Graduates of Gardner-Webb’s College of Education should be 21st-century leaders in every aspect of their profession, having the instructional, technological and collaborative communication skills to deliver relevant and rigorous content in a forward-thinking context that assures student learning.


All professional education programs, bachelor’s level and graduate level licensure programs, at Gardner-Webb University are All professional education programs, bachelor’s level, and graduate level licensure programs at Gardner-Webb University are state-approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The College of Education is nationally accredited and in good standing with the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) through 2026.

Undergraduate Programs leading to initial licensure

  • Birth-Kindergarten Education 
  • English Education 
  • English as a Second Language Education 
  • Elementary Education 
  • French Education 
  • Mathematics Education 
  • Middle Grades Education 
  • Music Education 
  • Physical Education and Health 
  • Social Studies Education 
  • Spanish Education 

Graduate Programs leading to advanced licensure

  • Curriculum and Instruction, Master’s 
  • Curriculum and Instruction, Doctorate 
  • Educational Leadership, Doctorate 
  • Educational Specialist, Specialist for C.A.S. 
  • Instructional Technology, Master’s 
  • School Administration, Master’s 
  • School Counseling, Master’s 

Undergraduate Licensure-Only Programs

  • Elementary Education (Online)

Graduate Licensure-Only Programs

  • School Administration (Add-On)

CAEP Annual Accreditation Report Measures

Memorandum of Understanding with local public schools

Find out more about the school districts where our students are placed into classrooms for practical, hands on learning.

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I have often been commended on my classroom management strategies as a first-year teacher, and I give credit to my student-teaching experience. GWU prepared me above and beyond what has been asked of me.”
— Amber Townsend Allen ’17
The professors knew my name and were willing to help me when I was confused, stuck, or unsure of my own ability. Having small class sizes gave me the ability to ask questions and have them answered immediately.”
— Leslea Everett ’17
I had the opportunity to share professional experiences with my peers and professors, offer solutions to problems where experience proved critical, and explore various facets of education that I had yet to experience.”
— Heather Walker White ’02