If you're interested in teaching, you know it's more than a job. The best teachers make a difference by inspiring and influencing young minds one student at a time. Queens' Cato School of Education gives you the foundation for a life-changing career in education. Our unique approach puts you in the classroom early and often because we know exposure to different school environments helps you build knowledge, gain experience and grow in confidence. Our deep connections within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools-recognized nationally as a model urban school district-offer another powerful advantage. It means plentiful student teaching options in a variety of settings that will help you find your passion and prepare you for your first position, wherever that may be.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being an Elementary Education Major
- Early Immersion
At Queens we emphasize hands-on learning and we get right to it. You will participate in clinical experiences in public schools beginning freshman year.
- Dynamic Location
Because of our location in a dynamic city, you will have opportunities to work in a wide variety of grade levels and schools (Title I, magnet, suburban, language immersion, etc.)
- Tight-knit community
You will make lifelong connections at Queens. One recent graduate called her former professors when she found herself facing a classroom challenge. Her professors went to her school, observed her teaching and gave her critical support and feedback that helped her gain confidence and excel.
As an elementary education major, you will complete strategic, diverse field experiences throughout the program. Your senior year includes a year-long clinical experience, culminating in a 15-week student teaching placement in the local school system.
Principals in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools rave about the student teachers from Queens. They say our students are the best prepared to lead the classroom. Our connection with the local school system runs deep. For you, this means plentiful student teaching opportunities and job connections!
When You Graduate
Teachers graduating from Queens are in demand locally and throughout the state. Some choose employment nationally or abroad. Characteristics of good teachers, such as intelligence, strong communication and organization skills, maturity and professionalism, can also be transferred to careers in administrative management, marketing, public relations and sales.
- Queens alumna Missy Olson '12 received the ultimate compliment from the school where she did her student teaching - she was hired upon graduation. Missy remarked, "Within the second week at Queens, you're in the classroom. I gained a ton of resources and experience being in front of the classroom, so I just feel like it prepared me the best."
- Proving the power of a Cato School degree, Caitlin Bower Russell '09 surpassed 84 other nominees to be named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' First Year Teacher of the Year.
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.