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 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. Emphasis is placed on the application of methodologies to the elementary and middle/secondary settings. The major in Health/Physical Education requires 41 hours of coursework in teacher education. Minors in Health Education and Athletic Coaching are also available.
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
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