The Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education offers several undergraduate programs, each of which leads to initial licensure in a teaching field. For more information about our programs, please consult the links below.
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is designed for students who seek initial licensure as a teacher in grades K through 6. Teacher candidates complete their coursework in disciplinary teams and participate in three semesters of internship prior to student teaching.
The Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education is designed for students who seek initial licensure as a teacher in grades 6 through 9. Teacher candidates complete two subject-area concentrations (English, mathematics, science, social studies, or TESOL). They then may be licensed in both areas. Teacher candidates complete their coursework in teams and participate in three internships prior to student teaching.
The Secondary Teacher Education Program is designed for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in English, mathematics, science, and social studies and provides students the opportunity to earn initial licensure in grades 9 through 12. Students are co-advised by their departments and the Office of Student Services.
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education Dual Major (SPEL) is a program offered jointly by the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education and the Department of Specialized Education Services. This sophomore-entry program leads to initial licensure in both elementary education K-6 and special education, general curriculum K-12. Students must be admitted to the teacher education program during the fall of their sophomore year and will begin professional course work spring of the sophomore year.
Why Elementary Education?
If you want a career in which you laugh, inspire, and build on children’s natural curiosity in science, math, social studies, and literacy…then becoming an elementary teacher may be for you.
At the UNCG School of Education, we believe that teachers matter! Elementary teachers tremendously impact the lives of their students. If you want to make a difference for children ages 5-11, if you want to laugh each day, if you want to inspire children to be their best and to use content to engage children in thinking about the possibilities, then our Elementary Education Program might be the right place for you. Do Something Bigger Altogether!
Why Middle Grades?
“If you want to be a teacher who really gets to build relationships with students, middle school is the place to be.” - Middle Grades Alumnus and Guilford County Rookie Teacher of the Year
- Developmentally Responsive
The Middle Grades program at UNCG prepares future teachers for North Carolina licensure in Middle Grades (grades 6-9) including an essential understanding of Middle Grades students and schools; rigorous content-area knowledge (including 2 subject areas); and exemplary teaching practice. Young adolescents are in a stage of great transition, making middle school an exciting and challenging place to be.
Why Secondary Teacher Education?
Welcome! The undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) is designed for students who wish to pursue high school teacher licensure in the following areas: English, Comprehensive Social Studies (with majors in History, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology), Mathematics, and Comprehensive Science (including Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics). Our primary goal is to prepare caring, competent, and collaborative professionals who work with and make accessible to our nation’s youth access to opportunities through teaching, learning, and caring.
Students pursuing teaching licensure in the aforementioned content areas combine a rigorous academic program with a sequenced clinical practice at partnership high schools. These preservice teachers take content area courses and teacher licensure courses, with the first clinical experience beginning during their first semester of their junior year. Three internships (100+ contact hours) are required prior to student teaching. UNCG teacher education faculty work closely with public school faculty, whom we call On-Site Teacher Educators (OSTEs) to plan a range of “theory into practice” experiences.
For more detailed information about specific academic licensure areas, please continue to the STEP home page.