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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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.
Effective Fall 2019:
Students pursuing degrees in the School of Education will have the option of selecting between the Licensure-Track and Non-Licensure Track programs of study within the Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle Grades Education or Health/Physical Education programs of study.
Student Teaching with N.C. licensure will become an optional track that students may pursue at the end of the program. Choosing this track requires completion of the mandatory 16-week student teaching, all related licensure tests, and the edTPA portfolio. These credits will be included in the required 128 to graduate.
Degree ONLY (Non-Licensure Track)
Students who choose (or who are moved) to the non-licensure track in the degree program will earn a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle Grades Education or Health/Physical Education. Instead of student teaching students will complete other university electives to reach the required 128 credits for graduation and a four credit internship that is not student teaching. The School of Education does not apply for North Carolina license as the required student teaching, edTPA portfolio, and teacher exams are not part of this track.
Why education is a top major
- The School of Education is housed in a brand new LEED-Certified facility which includes an expansive Teacher- Resource Center, a simulated elementary classroom methods lab and $250,000 of state-of-the-art technology
- HPU offers programs of study that reflect the latest research on best practices in teaching
- Experiential learning opportunities in the community allow for HPU students to become deeply connected with the area, including Literacy Nights and LEGO Education Workshops
- Opportunities to engage in study course material on trips to various venues, including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
- Students have a choice of many opportunities including service learning, undergraduate research and B.A. to M.Ed. program
- Faculty includes former school superintendents, classroom teachers, school psychologists, principals and curriculum specialists, all of whom are currently engaged in scholarship and public school K-12 initiatives
Pearson’s Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Tests
All undergraduate students who complete the degree in elementary education are required to pass the Pearson’s Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum tests in order to be eligible for N.C. Teacher licensure. High Point University’s program completers have exceeded the State of North Carolina’s average pass rates on reading, math and multi-subject tests the past three years (2015-2017).
STEM Education at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
HPU education students had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. to gain new knowledge and teaching tactics surrounding STEM-science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This trip prepared education majors to help their future students understand the relevance of space, space exploration and STEM-related fields in their daily lives.
Unparalleled access to LEGO education
Dr. Shirley Disseler, HPU assistant professor of education and chairperson of the Global LEGO Education Advisory Panel, created the LEGO Education Project at HPU. LEGO Education offers unique solutions for educators who want to incorporate innovation, creativity and hands-on learning into the classroom. Education students at HPU visit local elementary schools to introduce LEGO Education. They also host students, teachers and parents on HPU’s campus for LEGO Education showcase events. Disseler says LEGO Education gives her students a unique opportunity to act as educational leaders. When students go into schools, they’re instructing other teachers on how to implement projects.
Student clubs & organizations
- Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)
- North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators
- Teachers of Tomorrow
- Student Council for Exceptional Children