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.

  • Traditional Candidate (Degree Seeker) a candidate pursuing a four year degree
  • Licensure Only Candidate (Degreed) a post-baccalaureate degree candidate pursing an initial license
  • Lateral Entry Candidate (Employed in a school) a provisional or temporary license holder pursuing a clear initial license
  • M.Ed., MAT, & NC Teach Candidates

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
  • Secondary Education (9-12)
    Comprehensive Science
  • Special Subjects (K-12)
    Health and Physical Education
    Music Education
    Art Education
  • Licensure-Only Program
    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;
  • 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.