Prepare to teach students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The curriculum offers instruction in a broad spectrum of topics, giving you the toolkit you’ll need to excel in the classroom.
As an Elementary Education student at GWU, you will learn about the development stages children experience from ages five through twelve. By studying the learning characteristics of students from various cultural backgrounds and explore the unique needs of exceptional students, you will acquire useful techniques and strategies for the classroom and develop stronger skills in communication and personal relationships. In addition, you will also learn through hands-on field experiences in real-life elementary classrooms.
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Your major in Elementary Education requires courses in art, math, music, physical education, social studies education, and science education in order to give you a comprehensive background in core academic subjects to better equip you to handle the many questions bound to come your way.
In addition to Gardner-Webb University’s required general education and prerequisite courses, an additional 34 hours of credit is required for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree. The professional education minor is required for undergraduate students seeking licensure at the K-12 level. A non-licensure track for qualifying elementary and middle grades candidates is available.
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education requires a minor in Professional Education. The minor includes 27 credit hours. The optional 14-credit-hour concentration in Exceptional Children (EC) prepares candidates to support diverse learners and become successful teachers of exceptional children.
Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50 percent of the minor until formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.
For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.
The Degree Completion Program will follow a similar course plan to the traditional undergraduate plan. Hours may vary depending on transfer credit awarded.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
Upon completing a degree in Elementary Education, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a North Carolina Class A Teaching License. You will be fully prepared to teach kindergarten through sixth grades in North Carolina. Graduates of Gardner-Webb’s Elementary Education program are employed by schools throughout North Carolina and beyond.
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