It is wise to officially declare your major or minor as soon as possible after you have made a decision to pursue a program in the School of Education. The requirements for teacher licensure programs involve courses to help you understand the content you will teach as well as courses to assist you in learning how to teach and work with diverse students and their families. Declaring your major early allows you to be assigned an advisor in your program who is knowledgeable and can guide you regarding the correct courses in the proper sequence. Declaring your major or minor also puts you on mailing lists so that you can stay informed about events and opportunities.
You should begin the process of applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program while you are taking EDU 211/School and Society or SOC 243/Sociology of Education. While you may need to meet additional requirements before you can be fully admitted, you can submit your application during EDU 211 or SOC 243 and it will be held until you are eligible for admission. Should you decide not to pursue a teaching career, you may withdraw your application to the program at any time.
Admission to the Teacher Education program is required prior to enrollment in any education courses numbered at the 300 level or higher.
Student teaching is the culmination of a year-long field experience that typically begins in fall semester of your senior year. During that fall semester, you will apply for spring student teaching. You will need to read the Student Teaching Handbook and submit your electronic signature indicating your agreement to it. You should print and complete the student teaching application and personal data sheet and return them both to Ms. Richards in Mooney 102 no later than October 15.
One of the requirements for a NC teaching license (see next question below) is completion and submission of evidences that demonstrate your proficiency of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (pdf).
The products you include as evidence of your proficiency will be created as part of your course work and should be assembled into an online portfolio created in Digication.
Upon successful completion of all NC teacher licensure requirements, Elon's teacher education program is able to recommend you for a NC teaching license. At the conclusion of your student teaching experience, the Teacher Education Office will communicate information to you about necessary forms and expenses associated with a NC teaching license, and you will be instructed about steps required to complete the licensure application.
For more information about the testing requirements for NC licensure, see