The 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.
High Point University is proud of its graduates. In the last five years, the School of Education has graduated more than 300 students in teacher education and 150 graduate students who have gone on to become classroom teachers and school principals, thereby impacting the lives of thousands of school-aged children. Recent graduates from High Point University’s School of Education have received many honors and distinctions including:
- NC District Teachers of the Year
- NC District Rookie Teachers of the Year
- NC District Principals of the Year
- Teacher Assistants of the Year
Featured Graduate Profiles:
||Cecilie Holm, ’14 – Second Grade Teacher at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham
“The School of Education at HPU is special because it provides students with service learning opportunities and field placements throughout all four years in the program. I had the chance to work with children and teachers from a variety of backgrounds, which helped to mold me into a leader in and out of the classroom.”
||Alyssa Springer, ’14 – Sixth Grade Teacher at Phoenix Academy Charter School in High Point
“My professors pushed me to make me the best teacher that I could be, and shared their passion for teaching and learning with me. I don’t think I would have the thirst for knowledge that I can now share with my students if my professors had not helped me develop it in an academic way.”
||Jessie Dietz, ’14 – Kindergarten Teacher at Thomasville Primary School
“The professors at High Point have done more than teach me how to be a great teacher; they modeled it for all of us each and everyday in our classes. They taught me how to make a difference in my students’ lives, by teaching me more than material. They instill a passion for learning.”
The Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education offers the B.A. degree in Elementary Education. To graduate from High Point University with this degree, students must complete the following:
B.A. in Elementary Education
|University Core Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. and Licensure in Elementary Education (61 credits):
A major in Elementary Education will qualify a student for licensure in elementary education (K-6). Click here for the Program of Study.
Several General Education area requirements and core courses may be fulfilled by required courses in professional education and supporting disciplines.
Professional Education Courses
- EDU 1200. Introduction to Teaching (1)*
- EDU 2100. The Nature of the Learner (4)*
- EDU 2200. The 21st Century Classroom (4)*
- EDU 2110. Introduction to Educational Technology (2)*
- EDU 3100. Collaboration in General Education Classrooms (4)
- EDU 3130. Reading Process and Practice (4)
- EDU 3230. Reading Assessment & Instruction (4)
- EDU 3110. Educational Technology for Teachers (2)
- EDU 3231. Principles of Integrated Instruction I:Math/Science Focus (6)
- EDU 3232. Practicum in the Elementary Classroom (2)
- EDU 4131. Children’s Literature (2)
- EDU 4132. Writing Process & Practice (2)
- EDU 4133. Methods Teach Social Studies K-6 (2)
- EDU 4134. Internship I: Instructional Practices in the Elementary Setting (4)
- EDU 4110. Technology Integration for Elementary K-6 Classrooms (2)
- EDU 4130. Classroom and Behavior Management: Elementary Focus (2)
- EDU 4166. Using Data to Assess Student Impact in K-12 Classrooms (2)
- EDU 4230. Internship II: Teachers as Leaders (8)
- EDU 4200. Multicultural Education in a Diverse Society (4)
*These courses are prerequisites for admission to the Teacher Education Program
- Two math courses, one at placement and either MTH 2010 or MTH 1420 (8)
- PEC 2130. Healthy Living for the Elementary Child (4)
- NSC 2200. Earth Science (4)
- BIO 1100. Biology: A Human Perspective (4)
- PSC 2310. American Politics (4)
Plus one course from the following:
- HST 1201. American Beginnings (4)
- HST 1202. American Expansions (4)
- PSY 2000. Introduction to Psychology (4)
- EDU 4135. Integrated Arts in the Elementary School. (4)