School of Education


Preparing outstanding teachers for today’s classrooms

Few careers offer the sense of fulfillment and accomplishment that teaching does. Successful people, whether they lead large companies, hold public office or quietly contribute in their communities, often can recall a teacher or mentor who made a difference in their lives.

Widely recognized for the success of its teacher education program, which is guided by a philosophy of “Active Leadership in a Global Community,” Elon is one of only a few private schools in the state selected to offer a prestigious National Teaching Fellows program. The Department of Education prepares you for a career as an elementary, middle, or high school teacher. You will learn how to use various teaching methods effectively, including how to incorporate technology in your teaching. Through specially designed classes, you will discover how to create a learning environment that meets the needs of students with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Elon’s teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

“The administration that I work with has commented on the difference they see between first-year teachers from Elon compared to first-year teachers from other schools. We are more prepared because we are exposed to so many enriching experiences that impact our performance as teachers.”

Amy Nussbaum ’04 G’08

Early hands-on training

One important goal of the education program is to give future teachers a better understanding of the purpose of education and the role of schools in our society. To bring these concepts to life, Elon offers education majors the opportunity to observe and learn in public school classrooms beginning their first year. This early exposure to a real classroom is possible because Elon has developed supportive partnerships with area public schools. A sequence of courses involving field experiences culminates in a full semester of student teaching during the senior year. By the time you graduate, you will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills to enter your own classroom with confidence.

Degrees and licensure

At Elon, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education, elementary education, special education or middle grades education. The School of Education also awards a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in elementary education, gifted education and special education. Minors are available in Early Childhood, Teaching & Learning, Wellness & Health Education, and Coaching.

Elon offers programs leading to North Carolina licensure in the following areas:

  • early childhood education
  • elementary education
  • middle grades education
  • special subject areas for secondary education: English, social studies, mathematics and science
  • Special education-general curriculum
  • Special subject areas for grades K-12: Music*, physical education/health, and foreign languages

*Audition required.

Teaching Fellows

Twenty Teaching Fellows will receive scholarships valued at $4,500, which are renewable annually as long as the student remains a Fellow in good standing. This is in addition to any Presidential or Elon Engagement scholarship received. Visit the Elon Fellows programs website for more information.

Experienced faculty

At Elon, you will study alongside accomplished faculty who encourage students to strive for excellence.

On-campus learning

The Department of Education is housed in Mooney building and includes a curriculum resource center that provides professional literature, textbooks and other resources for instructional planning. Students use two computer labs for access to the campus network and the Internet. Education majors also have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty mentors. Outstanding students can become members of Kappa Delta Pi, the national honor society for education majors.

Graduate school

Elon recommends that education students interested in graduate school first gain some teaching experience. At some institutions, classroom experience is a requirement. Recent graduates have pursued advanced teaching degrees at Elon and the following institutions:

  • George Mason University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • North Carolina State University
  • Vanderbilt University

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