Office of Teacher Education

Preparing Teachers

The Office of Teacher Education coordinates the teacher preparation programs with respect to field experiences, admission to teacher education, admission to clinical experience, clinical experience assignments, and licensure.

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The mission of the Office of Teacher Education is to enhance the goals of the teacher education programs in the College of Education, and the College of Arts & Sciences. Our office initiates, monitors, and implements policies and practices of the University and ensures compliance with state, regional, and national guidelines and regulations.

Our undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our programs are designed to prepare education professionals as facilitators of learning.

Your success in become a highly effective teacher is our goal.

Programs Offered

The College of Education offers bachelor's degree programs in:

  • Birth-Kindergarten (B-K)
    Teaching and Non-Teaching
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Middle Grades Education (6-8)
    Language Arts/Social Studies
    Mathematics/Science
  • Secondary Education (9-12)
    English
    Mathematics
    Comprehensive Science
  • Special Subjects (K-12)
    Health and Physical Education
    Music Education
    Art Education
  • Licensure-Only Program
    Reading
    Special Education

The College of Education also offers the Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed.), designed for educators holding a "A" level license and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), designed for candidates with a baccalaureate degree in specific disciplines.

The (M.Ed.) program consist of a core of education courses with a concentration in one of the following areas.

  • Biology Education, 9-12;
  • Elementary Education, K-6;
  • Mathematics Education, 9-12;
  • Middle Grades Language Arts, 6-9;
  • Middle Grades Mathematics, 6-9;
  • Middle Grades Science, 6-9;
  • Reading, K-12;
  • Sociology Education, 9-12;
  • Special Education, K-12 with emphasis in Behaviorally Emotionally Disabled, Learning Disabled, or Mentally Disabled.

In contrast to the M.Ed. the MAT is designed for unlicensed, inexperience teachers who may benefit from a developmentally sequenced field base approach. The MAT offers opportunity for an initial license in ten (10) teaching areas:

  • Biology Education, 9-12;
  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Social Science-History Education, 9-12;
  • Mathematics Education, 9-12;
  • Middle Grades Language Arts, 6-9;
  • Middle Grades Mathematics, 6-9;
  • Middle Grades Science, 6-9;
  • Social Science-Sociology Education, 9-12;
  • Special Education General Curriculum, K-12.

The primary focus of the MAT is on earning an initial "A" level license with subsequent opportunities to earn a master's degree with eligibility for an "M" license.

Teacher Education Committee

TEACHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Teacher Education Committee is the existing body which ensures adherence to standards of state, regional and national accrediting agencies. Therefore, it assumes the responsibility to facilitate and coordinate program evaluation efforts related to teacher education across all teaching licensure areas.
The Committee believes that a formal, systematic and continuous evaluation process of teacher education and licensure is critical to maintaining excellence in the preparation of teachers.
All teacher preparation programs adhere to the policies and procedures outlined by the Teacher Education Committee. The Teacher Education Committee develops, recommends, and implements curriculum policies and general administrative decisions involving the preparation of teachers.

MEMBERSHIP

Appointments to The Teacher Education Committee are made by the Dean of the College of Education. The membership consists of university professors, candidate majors, public school representatives, and central office personnel.

· Committee Members [PDF]

The Committee meets regularly during the year.
For specific meeting dates, you may contact the Office of Teacher Education at 910-672-1266.
Bylaws [PDF]