The School of Education is the administrative unit for the Department of Education that offers undergraduate majors in early childhood education, elementary education, middle grades education and special education. The Teacher Education Program supports additional undergraduate programs leading to North Carolina licensure in high school subject areas of English, history/social studies, mathematics and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and in K-12 subject areas of physical education/health, music, and Spanish. The graduate program offers the M.Ed. degree with concentrations in elementary education, special education, and gifted education. It is also the administrative unit for the Department of Health and Human Performance which houses the dual teacher licensure program for Physical Education and Health, coaching minor, activity courses for credit program, health promotion courses, Elon's online health magazine and courses in overall health, and wellness available to all students.
The School of Education is home for Elon's National Teaching Fellows Program. The Elon Teaching Fellows Program is national model for the preparation of teacher leaders and scholars who will contribute meaningfully and significantly to the quality of education in PreK-12 classrooms and who will be influential in political decision-making on the local, state, national, and international levels. It is also the home of the Noyce Scholars Program that recruits, prepares, and supports 18 undergraduate mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics majors as they become outstanding secondary-level teachers. The Curriculum Resources Center is housed in the School of Education and provides quality resources, programs, and services to support exemplary teacher education and practice. Collaborative relationships and partnerships between Elon University, School of Education, and area school districts, universities, public agencies, and the community are fostered through our Office of Education Outreach.
Students in the School of Education have the opportunity to work closely with the local schools and explore additional ways to connect with the community through a partnership with Elon's Center for Access and Success. The Center includes the Village Project which uses a collaborative approach to support preschool, elementary, and middle school students and their families, for elementary students, the Girls in Motion for elementary and middle school students, Elon Academy which provides academic, social, financial, and emotional support to and through college for local high school students with limited incomes and/or no family history of college, CollegiateStart@Elon, a dual-enrollment program for high school seniors that allows them to earn college credit while still in high school, and the Watson/Odyssey Scholars Program which provides support and resources needed to ensure that students at Elon obtain college degrees, take advantage of the rich experiences of college life, and contribute to the intellectual and social climate of the university through their active campus/community citizenship.