NCATE accredited. CAEP accreditation eligible.The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education’s teacher education programs are accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of six years, from 2015-21. Questions about the accreditation status of the School of Education may be directed in writing to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation at 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, by calling (202) 223-0077, or by using information available on CAEP’s website (

Please note that NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a new accrediting body for educator preparation programs in the United States. This merger does not affect the accreditation status of the School of Education’s programs. The School of Education is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards in Spring 2022 following our established accreditation cycle.

The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education offers accredited programs for Initial Licensure in the following areas:

Early Childhood Education (B-K)
Elementary Education (K-6)
Middle Grades Education (6-9)
Physical Education & Health (K-12)
Science Education (9-12)
Special Education (K-12)
Secondary Education and K-12 Licensure Programs

The Pre-K Add-on Licensure Track meets the coursework requirements for Preschool-Kindergarten (Pre-K) add-on licensure in North Carolina, for undergraduates who are already majoring in a teacher licensure preparation program, such as Elementary Education. Other licensure components (testing) are required for licensure referral.

Add-on AIG Licensure (Advanced)

For teachers seeking Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) add-on licensure to their North Carolina teaching license, Elon offers a 12-credit hour program with the option to transition into the M.Ed. program.

Read more about add-on licensure programs