School of Education

Teacher Education Program

Degrees and licensure areas offered

Elon offers programs leading to North Carolina licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, middle grades education, and special education (general curriculum), in special subject areas for grades K-12 (physical education, music, and Spanish), and in high school subject areas of English, history, math and science.

How to apply to and remain successful in the program

How to apply for student teaching and a NC teaching license

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. 

Upon successful completion of all NC teacher licensure requirements, including a portfolio of evidences, Elon's teacher education program is able to recommend you for a NC teaching license. 

For more information about applying for student teaching, completing your portfolio, and applying for a NC teaching license, see Student Frequently Asked Questions.

About the program

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Elon's teacher education program prepares candidates for teaching careers in early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school grades. The program emphasizes practical hands-on experience in classrooms as well as educational theory and pedagogy. Frequent field experiences in public school classrooms begin in the introductory course and culminate with a full semester of teaching in the teacher candidate's licensure area.

Our goal is for Elon teacher candidates to be committed to collaborating with colleagues, students’ families, and external agencies to create optimal learning experiences for all students. We encourage candidates to seek opportunities for continued personal and professional development while adhering to professional and ethical standards. We support candidates in developing the expertise to design and implement cognitively challenging learning experience for all students and in creating positive classroom environments that accept and embrace diversity. It is also our intent that our graduates will enthusiastically support the profession of teaching.

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Elon is widely recognized for the success of its teacher education program, which is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

All licensure programs are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

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