Chair: Joe Sciulli
Faculty: Irene Aiken1, Kelly Ficklin3,4, Valjeaner Ford , Cynthia Giambatista9, Karen Granger5,6,11, Tiffany Locklear, Lisa N. Mitchell2, Claudia Nickolson, David Oxendine, Kayonna Pitchford8,10, Amy Van Buren, Jennifer Whittington7
1Dean, School of Graduate Studies
2Interim Associate Dean, School of Education
3Coordinator, Elementary Education Undergraduate Program
4Director, Elementary Education Graduate Program
5Director of Teacher Education
6 Director, M.A.T. Graduate Program
7Director of Recruitment and Retention
10Director of University-School Partnerships and Clinical Practice
The Department of Teacher Education serves the core curriculum of all Teacher Education Programs. Teacher Education programs in the School of Education prepare committed, collaborative, and competent professional educators who are responsive to equity and diversity; who are knowledgeable, effective, and reflective; and who provide leadership in the classroom, school, and profession. These programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education and provide the means for candidates to earn licensure to teach in the state of North Carolina.
At the undergraduate level, the department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Add-On an Initial Professional License in AIG.
The Elementary Education program is designed to (1) provide experiences for candidates to develop the content knowledge necessary to be a successful teacher in the Kindergarten-Grade 6 learning environment, as noted by the North Carolina Teaching Content Standards; (2) provide candidates with experiences in pedagogical content knowledge, as noted by the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards; and (3) provide experiences whereby candidates develop into professional educators who are committed, collaborative, and competent, as noted in the UNCP School of Education Conceptual Framework.
It is our desire that the Elementary Education graduates will motivate and engage their Kindergarten-Grade 6 students in active learning and that they will inspire them to become lifelong learners. This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and North Carolina State Board of Education and provides the means for candidates to earn an Initial Professional License to teach in the state of North Carolina. The AIG program is designed to lead to North Carolina Add-On licensure in Education of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG), K-12. Upon completion of the program, students can add this area to either the Initial Professional License or Continuing Professional License. A valid North Carolina Teaching License and a Plan of Study from the School of Education are required.
At the graduate level, the department offers the M.A.Ed. degree in Elementary Education and the M.A.T. degree with specialization in Elementary Education. The mission of the M.A.Ed. program in Elementary Education is to prepare the experienced teacher for full participation in the profession as leader, researcher, and master practitioner. The mission of the M.A.T. program with specialization in Elementary Education is to prepare graduate candidates as classroom teachers and for full participation in the profession as leader, researcher, and master practitioner. The master’s programs are designed to promote both teacher autonomy and interdependence through inquiry, reflection, and practice. Teacher educators are encouraged to collaborate on ways to enhance their professional lives, improve learning and well-being of their students, the teaching and learning environments of their schools, and their collaborative relationships with diverse families and communities.
Each Elementary Education major or licensure candidate is assigned an advisor who helps the student plan and approves his or her program of study. Additional information about the elementary education department is available on the department’s web page, accessible through the School of Education’s website.
For complete information about programs and courses leading to the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), see The Graduate School .
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