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Welcome to the Stout School of Education where expert faculty prepare teachers, principals, superintendents and executive educators for roles across the nation and internationally. The Stout School of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and is ranked in the top 10% of educator preparation programs by the National Council of Teacher Quality.

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Undergraduate Programs

Elementary Education

The Stout School of Education’s BA in Elementary Education prepares candidates to lead instruction in K-6 classrooms in public and private schools.  Candidates for this degree will engage in methodology courses that focus on the teaching of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts.  Field and internship experiences are a critical component of this degree program and begin in the freshman year.

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Health and Physical Education

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health and Physical Education leads to licensure to teach health and physical education in grades K-12.  Undergraduate courses focus on nutrition, health issues, motor development, individual and team sports skill development and analyses.

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Middle Grades Education

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Middle Grades Education leads to licensure to teach social studies, language arts, science or mathematics to students in grades 6-9.  Students choosing to major in Middle Grades Education are required to choose one of the four discipline specializations and will complete the required content coursework delivered through the College of Arts and Sciences in the departments of History, Political Science, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

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Special Education

Special education majors have a choice between two programs of study, General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum.  A major in special education will qualify a student for licensure either in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) or Special Education: Adapted Curriculum (K-12) depending upon which program of study they choose to follow.

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Secondary Education

Discipline majors in secondary education (9-12) are available in biology, comprehensive science, English, mathematics, and social studies. Please refer to department descriptions for specialization requirements. Students should consult with department chairs or the Dean of the Stout School of Education concerning specific requirements for additional licenses.

Compatible Degrees

  • Biology
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History
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Bachelor’s to Master of Education Programs

The Bachelor to Master of Education Programs allow qualifying students in their senior year to take graduate level courses to get a head start on their Master of Education. The graduate program will be completed in one summer session and a fifth year following graduation from the undergraduate program.


  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education General
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Master’s Degree Programs

Master of Education

These programs are designed for those looking to further their skills in pedagogy and earn their masters of education along with an advanced teaching license.


  • Elementary Education
  • Education Leadership
  • Special Education
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Master of the Arts

These programs are designed for those who have obtained a bachelors and wish to gain the initial licensure needed to teach.


  • Master of the Arts in Teaching Elementary Education (K-6)
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Graduate Certificate Program

The Stout School of Education offers North Carolina’s only Graduate Certificate Program that supports stacking certificates towards the completion of a Master of Education Leadership or Doctor of Education Leadership degree.

Each graduate certificate includes four courses offered at an advanced academic level, which can be taken as non-degree earning or may be applied towards fulfilling the requirements of a graduate degree.

Graduate Certificates

  • Educational Leadership and Organizational Development
  • The Principalship
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Instructional Leadership and Coaching
  • Student Services Leadership
  • Special Education Leadership
  • Education Research and Evaluation
  • The Superintendency
  • Instructional Design and Facilitation in Higher Education
  • Instructional Technology and Online Learning
  • Principal Supervision
  • Education Entrepreneurship and Consulting
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Teacher Residency Licensure

The residency license is a new North Carolina licensure pathway that replaced the lateral entry pathway back in 2019. The residency license is a one-year pathway, renewable up to two times, for a total of three years. The residency pathway is built for those candidates that have strong content knowledge but whose background is not education


  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education General
  • Special Ed Adapted
  • Middle Grades
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Subjects
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License Only

The following licensure programs are offered as an addition to eligible degrees allowing a student to obtain a teaching license for their area of study.


  • Secondary Education (9-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)
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Add-On Licenses

The following licensure programs allow those already holding a teaching  license to gain Add-On Licenses for more specialized areas.


  • AIG (Academically Gifted) Licensure
  • Educational Administration Add-On Licensure
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About the Stout School of Education
All of our programs are designed to provide scholars authentic experiences that not only prepare them for the future of learning but enable them to co-create it. Faculty lean heavily on clinical experiences, simulations, experiential learning and problem based learning to provide scholars with opportunities to think deeply and reflect upon their practice.
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When should I declare Education as my major?

We recommend declaring yourself an Education major during your freshman year so that you can take the pre-requisite classes and field experiences during your freshman and sophomore years.

When am I formally admitted into the Stout School of Education?

Admission into the Stout School of Education requires an application process which begins the spring semester of your sophomore year for admission the fall semester of your junior year.

When does student teaching begin?

Education majors have field experiences in K-12 schools every year at HPU.  Fulltime student teaching begins in your senior year, after you have fulfilled all requirements for admission into the SSOE.

What are the requirements for admission into the Stout School of Education?

  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Passing score on the Praxis Core Exam (or an SAT/ACT waiver)
  • Passing score on the Professional Behaviors Assessment (completed by your professors)
  • Grades of B or higher in EDU 1200, 2000, and 2100
  • Two letters of recommendation

What are the requirements for becoming licensed as a teacher in North Carolina?

  • Degree completion in an educator preparation program or for secondary education, a core academic subject area plus the completion of all required education courses with a 3.0+ GPA
  • Successful completion of student teaching
  • Successful passage of the edTPA licensure portfolio
  • Successful passage of the required Praxis tests for your licensure area

Can I transfer my NC teaching license back to my home state?

Most US states and territories have a licensure reciprocity agreement with NC.  This allows you to transport your NC teaching license to your home state.  As licensure requirements change continuously, you should check with your state department of public instruction for up-to-date requirements.

What happens if I do not fulfill the licensure requirements?

You may still graduate with your degree but will not be approved for a NC teaching license. You may always complete outstanding requirements post-graduation and become eligible for a teaching license.

What is Education Studies?

Education Studies is a non-degree, non-licensure minor that non-education majors can take if they have an interest in working in a related field.  For example, many Psychology majors will minor in Education Studies because they want to go to graduate school to become a School Psychologist or Counselor.

National Council of Teacher Quality (NCTQ) Ranks the Stout School of Education in the Top 10 Percent Nationally
In a review of more than 800 undergraduate programs, High Point University’s undergraduate elementary program in the School of Education ranks one of the best in the nation.
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