Majors

Licensure Programs

Elon’s Teacher Education Program prepares candidates for initial licensure and teaching careers in special education, elementary, middle, and high school grades. Secondary education licensure programs are available in high school subjects: English, history, and math. K-12 licensure programs are available in music education and Spanish. 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.

When degree requirements are successfully completed and all licensure requirements are met, the following majors lead to North Carolina licensure. Expand the links below to learn more about each major.

Early Childhood Education (B-K)

This major is being phased out. We are not enrolling for 2022-2023.
Identify best practices for engaging young children of all abilities in creative, dynamic play that fosters cognitive and language development. Learn to consider families and the environments in which your students live as integral to lesson planning. Gain experience developing an advocacy agenda around young children and their families.
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Elementary Education (K-6)

Learn to give children the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Rigorous coursework and carefully sequenced internships create optimal learning experiences as you prepare to teach elementary school students.
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Middle Grades Education (6-9)

Study the development of students at this pivotal stage in life. You’ll learn early the value of collaboration with colleagues, students’ families and external agencies as you work to provide a stimulating educational environment for all students.
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Physical Education and Health (K-12)

This major is being phased out. We are not enrolling for 2022-2023.
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Science Education (9-12)

Elon’s Science Education program prepares teachers for careers in high school teaching across the different science disciplines. The program emphasizes practical hands-on experience in classrooms, educational theory and pedagogy as well as a breadth and depth of science content knowledge. The program culminates with a full semester of teaching in a high school setting.
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Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12)

This unique program is one degree with two majors, Elementary Education and Special Education. Students in this program will collaborate with Elon faculty and teachers from local schools to learn the best ways to meet the needs of students with learning differences. Veteran instructors offer guidance as you discover the special legal and developmental challenges that students and their families face.
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Middle Grades Education (6-9) and Special Education (K-12)

This unique program is one degree with two majors, Middle Grades Education and Special Education. Students in this program will collaborate with Elon faculty and teachers from local schools to learn the best ways to meet the needs of students with learning differences. Veteran instructors offer guidance as you discover the special legal and developmental challenges that students and their families face.
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Program Coordinator

Secondary Education

Elon’s Teacher Education program offers secondary education licensure programs in high school subjects English, history, and math. K-12 licensure programs are available in music education and Spanish. Secondary education programs leading to North Carolina licensure require completion of a major through the appropriate academic department, in addition to successful completion of professional studies courses and other requirements for teacher licensure.

Learn more about Elon’s Secondary Education program here.

Non-Licensure Program

The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Leadership and Education with concentrations in Environmental Focus, Inter/Intra Personal Focus, and Learning and Leadership Focus. Expand the link below to learn more about this major.

Outdoor Leadership and Education

The Outdoor Leadership & Education (OLE) major is designed to provide the knowledge and necessary skills for individuals to design, facilitate, analyze, and assess a variety of outdoor experiential education programming in a variety of organizations and locations. OLE students develop transferable skills that apply to formal and informal education settings including national parks, natural science centers or museums, environmental policy organizations, and adventure-based learning outfitters.
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Add-on Licensure Tracks

Undergraduate students majoring in a teacher licensure program can add-on a license in one of these three areas. Coursework meets requirements for add-on licensure in North Carolina. Other licensure components (testing) are required for licensure referral. Expand the links below to learn more about these optional add-on licensure tracks.

Pre-K Add-on Licensure Track

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.
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Add-on Licensure Track (TESOL)

The TESOL is a cross-disciplinary program designed to provide introductory preparation for teaching English to speakers of other languages in U.S. based K-12 programs, adult education, as well as educators in a global context. The mission of the TESOL is to foster the development of critically-engaged, effective English as a Second Language educators who are prepared to teach in the United States or abroad. The five-course sequence has three foundational courses in English and Education, along with a required teaching internship. Additionally, students will have options for two additional courses in language and education from a variety of departments.
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Special Education Add-on Licensure Track

The Special Education Add-on Licensure Track meets the coursework requirements for Special Education (SPED) Add-on licensure in North Carolina, for undergraduates who are already majoring in a secondary teacher licensure preparation program. Other licensure components (testing) are required for licensure referral.
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    Minors

    A Watts Williams School of Education minor prepares you for work in diverse programs including Teach for America, Peace Corps, City Year, outdoor education settings, corporate training divisions and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to intern in a global setting; some minors offer the opportunity to study in Malawi and India. Expand the links below to learn more about each minor.

    Adventure-Based Learning

    Adventure Based Learning (ABL), was defined by Cosgriff (2000) as “the deliberate use of sequenced adventure activities – particularly games, trust activities and problem solving initiatives – for the personal and social development of participants” (p. 90). ABL utilizes group initiatives, low and high challenge course elements and many other activities to facilitate team building, problem solving, trust and communication. The experience allows the individual and team to approach physical, social, mental and emotional challenges in a safe and secure setting. The program uses these activities as a tool to develop different aspects of the individual and the group.
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    Coaching

    The Coaching minor curriculum, offered by the Department of Education and Wellness, is based on the national coaching standards developed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Competencies are addressed from each of the NASPE domains: Philosophy and Ethics; Safety and Injury Prevention; Physical Conditioning; Growth and Development; Teaching and Communication; Sports Skills and Tactics; Organization and Administration; and Evaluation. The minor prepares future coaches interested in youth sports, community recreation leagues, scholastic sport (elementary through high school) and intercollegiate athletics.
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    Early Childhood

    The Early Childhood Minor educates students in the science and theory of early human development to promote a holistic view of children within the socio-cultural context of their families and communities and appreciate the need for advocacy on behalf of young children and their families. The Early Childhood Minor prepares students to: learn about child development science and theory; better understand the needs of young children within their sociocultural environments; develop an advocacy agenda around young children and their families; build the skills to partner with families.
    The Early Childhood minor is designed, in part, for students who are interested in studying the early childhood period, but who are not necessarily interested in a career as a teacher. The minor complements many majors and minors in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education, and other professional schools at Elon.
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    Environmental Education

    The mission of the Environmental Education minor is to prepare environmentally literate educators, active community members, and global citizens who are able to increase public awareness of environmental issues, make informed and responsible choices, and help others take similar actions.
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    Teaching and Learning

    The Teaching and Learning minor is designed, in part, for students who are interested in studying education as an academic field — the processes and structures of traditional school settings as well as other educational arenas — but who are not necessarily interested in teaching as a career. This minor prepares students to make informed decisions about education issues as to work with diverse populations.
    A student pursuing a minor in teaching and learning should contact the chair of the Department of Education & Wellness, Marna Winter, at mwinter2@elon.edu.
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    The TESOL minor is a cross-disciplinary program designed to provide introductory preparation for teaching English to speakers of other languages in U.S. based K-12 programs, adult education, as well as educators in a global context. The mission of the TESOL minor is to foster the development of critically-engaged, effective English as a Second Language educators who are prepared to teach in the United States or abroad. The five-course sequence has three foundational courses in English and Education, along with a required teaching internship. Additionally, students will have options for two additional courses in language and education from a variety of departments.
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    Wellness and Health Education

    The Wellness and Health Education minor includes an examination of disease determinants, theories and strategies for behavior change, methods for effective delivery and evaluation of health education programs, and design and implementation techniques for health education in diverse communities. The minor courses conform to best practices and ethics in the field of health promotion, as outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, World Health Organization and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The goal is for students to become culturally competent leaders in wellness and health promotion.
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    Questions? Contact Marna Winter, chair of the Department of Education & Wellness, at mwinter2@elon.edu