Elementary Education at Surry Community College


About the Program

TEAC LogoThis degree can be earned over the course of two years of full-time evening study (four semesters plus one summer session). Classes take place twice a week.

The Lees-McRae College Teacher Education Program, which is designed to provide teacher candidates the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for successful employment as schoolteachers in the 21st Century classroom, is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five (5) years, from June 24, 2013 - June 24, 2018. This program is also accredited by The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Elementary educators – those teachers who specialize in the early academic years of children – provide the care, nurturing, and leadership young people need to develop into young students. The Elementary Education program provides teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be outstanding teachers. The program also provides a strong course of study that promotes positive and holistic development of teachers within the framework of teacher as reflective practitioner. This framework, which serves as the philosophy of the program, guides students and faculty alike to incorporate the best practices in elementary education and make personal reflections into their motivations and effectiveness in the classroom. It is expected that students who complete the Elementary Education program and become licensed teachers will be individuals who have a distinct knowledge about the practice and theory of teaching as well as a balanced sense of personal values, integrity, and moral worth. It is also expected that students who complete the program will become teachers who reflect on all aspects of the teaching/learning process, and will mentor their own students. They will possess professional dedication to working with students, parents, public school faculty and administration, and their local community.

The Lees-McRae Elementary Education Program at SCC is designed for traditional, nontraditional, and adult students alike who wish to become licensed elementary classroom teachers (K-6) in the state of North Carolina. Lees-McRae offers the junior and senior years of a 4-year teacher education program on the campus of SCC. This arrangement allows students to complete their 4-year degree close to home, and at the same time offers students with transfer coursework from other institutions (including a Bachelor’s degree) the opportunity to complete their teacher education coursework for state licensure.

Courses in the Elementary Education major are designed to meet the learning outcomes identified as being crucial for the preparation of elementary school teachers. They form an appropriate balance of knowledge, philosophy, and theory with methods and practice. The courses are based on Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) standards, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) competencies, and the teaching of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCS). The Elementary Education program is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and TEAC/CAEP, and therefore, affords graduates opportunities for licensure and employment.

Lees-McRae elementary education alumna receives "Thanks to Teachers" recognition!

Aubrey Cripps, a 2014 graduate of the extended campus elementary education program, recently received "Thanks to Teachers" recognition by WLOS for her teaching excellence at North Windy Ridge School in Weaverville, NC.