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BA in Elementary Education

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At Queens University of Charlotte, the education of teachers is the joint responsibility of the faculty of the content area departments and the faculty of the Cato School of Education. The Cato School of Education's objectives state that the education of teachers is threefold: they receive liberal education, they pursue their teaching specialties in-depth and they acquire the necessary professional knowledge and skills needed in teaching. Objectives for each area of licensure are listed in the Teacher Education Handbook, available in the Cato School of Education. Students may obtain a teaching license at the elementary or secondary level within a baccalaureate program.

Cato School of Education's Conceptual Framework:

Queens University of Charlotte has identified the crucial role of the teacher as that of an independent learner. It is critical that teachers keep abreast of current knowledge and skills in their field of study. Their task is to be a model of a learned/learning person for students and through role modeling and instruction to give students the tools that enable them to become independent learners themselves. Independent learners have a high level of curiosity; are intrinsically motivated; reflect on their needs; set personal goals; develop an action plan to attain the goal, practice problem solving, critical thinking and inquiry skills to identify and locate resources needed to achieve the goal; and evaluate the degree to which the goal is achieved. In this recursive model, the independent learner is continually assessing the need to learn. Because of the pace of technology, social and occupational changes in today's society, the static education implied by the traditional transmission of knowledge model of teaching and learning no longer suffices. The full text is available in the Teacher Education Handbook available from the Cato School of Education.

North Carolina Teacher Licensure

Obtaining a North Carolina Class "A" initial teaching license is possible through programs in elementary (K-6); content areas in French and Spanish (grades K-12); and content areas in English, mathematics, biology, history, social studies (grades 9-12) and chemistry.

All programs are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), allowing the possibility of licensure reciprocity with other states.

Students pursuing licensure in elementary education (K-6) should major in Elementary Education and can obtain licensure by completing all additional requirements. Students pursuing licensure in French or Spanish (K-12) should major in French and/or Spanish and can obtain licensure by completing all additional requirements.

Students pursuing secondary licensure (9-12) must complete the appropriate major and can obtain licensure by completing a minor in secondary education and all additional requirements.

Teacher Renewal, Post Baccalaureate or Graduate Study in Education

Certified teachers seeking teacher renewal credit and persons who already hold a bachelor's degree but wish to enter a teacher education program should contact the Cato School of Education for information


Requirements for the major in elementary education are offered in both the day and evening.


Students must apply to the Cato School of Education for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) by the end of the sophomore year, and prior to completing five Education courses for the Elementary Education Program or two education courses for a Secondary Education Program. Read the overview about the Praxis I testing requirement for getting accepted into the TEP and Praxis requirements for obtaining your North Carolina Teaching License.

Applications to the Teacher Education Program can be obtained in the School of Education Office in Jernigan 203.

Requirements for admission include:

  • positive recommendations by two Queens faculty
  • an overall grade point average of 2.500
  • acceptable Student Disposition Forms from both student and faculty
  • acceptable scores on the ACT, the SAT, or the PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
  • approval of the Teacher Education Committee.
  • Registration and payment in Foliotek, 5 year subscription

Retention in the Program

Retention in the program is based on the expectation that students demonstrate the characteristics and dispositions of and conduct themselves as members of the teaching profession. Students may be removed from the program upon showing professional incompetence. A deficiency in one or more of the following areas is evidence of professional incompetence:

  • knowledge of the subject
  • ability to impart that knowledge
  • earning less than a grade of C in any education course
  • the manner and efficacy of discipline in the classroom
  • rapport with students, as well as parents, faculty, administration and staff
  • physical and mental ability to perform the essential functions of a teacher

Professional incompetence may be grounds for dismissal from the program and failure to recommend students for licensure.

Application for Student Teaching

Students must apply for student teaching in the term preceding their planned student teaching semester (EDUC499). All professional coursework must be completed before the student teaching semester. To be accepted a student must:

  • have positive recommendations by two Queens faculty members;
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.500;
  • have a grade of C or better in all education courses;
  • have a major grade point average of 2.75;
  • have acceptable scores on the ACT, the SAT or the PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills for Educators Test;
  • have acceptable Student Disposition Forms from both student and faculty;
  • be in good standing at the University; and
  • receive the approval of the Cato School of Education faculty and the Teacher Education Committee.

North Carolina Testing Requirements

Students are highly encouraged to take the tests to meet all licensure requirements prior to completion of student teaching (EDUC499). Currently, students are required to take the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Tests.


Licensure requires the achievement of competencies in areas designated by state and national accrediting agencies in general education, professional education, and teaching specialty.


Writing-intensive course requirement

The writing-intensive course requirement is met with EDUC 411.

Professional education requirements (K-6)

EDUC 201 Diversity in Schools
EDUC 224 Foundations and Curriculum in El Ed
EDUC 260 Teaching Children with Special Needs in Elementary Schools
EDUC 270 Educational Technology
EDUC 304 Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution
EDUC 305 Literature for Children
EDUC 310 Educational Psychology
EDUC 314 Cultural Arts and Movement and El Ed
EDUC 319 Data Driven Instruction
EDUC 335 Critical Issues in Education and School Community
EDUC 401 Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts
EDUC 402 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 404 Math Methods and Materials
EDUC 411 Social Studies Methods/Materials in Elementary Schools
EDUC 412 Science Methods and Materials
EDUC 435 Word Study


PSYC 201 General Psychology


EDUC 499A Professional Internship: Elementary Student Teaching
This course fulfills the internship requirement

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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