School of Education
Elementary Education

Elementary Education

croppedThe education program at High Point University has long been recognized for its excellence throughout North Carolina and the eastern United States. Our program is based within the liberal arts tradition; it is rigorous, field-centered and highly personalized. The teacher education programs at High Point University meet the requirements of both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Elementary Education builds on the most current body of knowledge of best practice relevant to teaching practices in K-6 classrooms.  Undergraduate courses focus on the new Common Core State and N.C. Essential Standards, technology, and interdisciplinary curriculum. Students enrolling in the elementary education program of study will be afforded many opportunities, beginning in their freshman year to practice their skills in the surrounding school districts with whom the School of Education currently partners.  Advanced study through the Elementary B.A. to M.Ed. program with concentrations in literacy or STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering and Math) is available for academically qualified students beginning in their senior year.

A Focused Curriculum

High Point University’s Education Program provides students with the chance to become closely involved in local schools. As a result, our students are engaged in many pre-professional activities such as literacy and technology tutoring, mentoring and assisting with small group and whole class instruction beginning their freshman year. All fieldwork experiences are carefully structured and supervised by faculty in the School of Education so that our students are challenged to grow in their knowledge, skills and dispositions.

All students who are admitted to the teacher education program take courses in child development, classroom management, technology, assessment and highly specialized integrated methodology courses needed to interact, instruct and engage today’s 21st century student. This reflects the School of Education’s commitment toward providing a program of study that exemplifies “best practices” in teacher education. Each student’s required coursework culminates in a full-time student teaching internship, which is typically completed during the senior year.

Faculty members bring a wealth of experience and maintain professional affiliations within their fields of study by conducting research, presenting at professional conferences and serving on numerous educational boards at the local, state and national level. All faculty members in the School of Education have held roles in the public schools including classroom teachers, principals, program administrators and school psychologists.

Program Goals

Goal 1:  Prospective K-6 teachers will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective leaders in their classrooms, the school and in the teaching profession.

  • To develop the skills needed to engage in collaborative and collegial professional learning activities.
  • To demonstrate high ethical standards by upholding the School of Education’s Code of Professional and Ethical Behaviors, The Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and the Standards for Professional Conduct.

Goal 2:  Prospective K-6 teachers will develop the skills necessary to establish a respectful environment for diverse students.

  • To develop the skills to work with specialists to support the learning needs of all students.
  • To learn how to use materials or lessons that counteracts stereotypes and incorporates different points of view in instruction to produce global citizens in a democratic society.

Goal 3:   Prospective K-6 teachers will demonstrate knowledge in the content they teach.

  • To learn how to integrate 21st Century skills, technologies and content in instruction.
  • To develop the skills to integrate literacy instruction throughout the curriculum and across content areas.
  • To enhance content knowledge in the areas of math, science and STEM-related subjects.

Goal 4:  Prospective K-6 teachers will develop the knowledge and skills to facilitate student learning.

  • To develop and apply lessons based on the Common Core State and Essential Standards.
  • To develop the skills to integrate art throughout the elementary K-6 curriculum.
  • To learn how to provide instruction that reinforces the process strategies for critical thinking and problem solving, cooperation, and collaboration.
  • To develop an understanding of how to maintain a safe and orderly classroom that empowers students to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

Goal 5:  Prospective K-6 teachers will develop the skills necessary to reflect on their practices by analyzing student learning and applying this information to improve teaching.

  • To develop an awareness of the elements of a school improvement plan and how to use data to identify areas of need within that plan.
  • To acquire the knowledge and skills to use appropriate data to develop classroom and instructional plans.
  • To develop the skills needed to use both formative and summative assessment data to monitor, evaluate, and inform instruction.
  • To learn how to incorporate instructional strategies designed to facilitate student cooperation, collaboration and learning.