Elementary Education (K-6), BA, BS, Minor

The Elementary Education Program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and meets the requirements for competency in technology standards adopted by the International Society for Technology Education National Education Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE/NETS*T). Building on the core curriculum, Elementary Education provides a balance of philosophy, theory and practice for effective teacher preparation. The Elementary Education program provides candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be successful teachers in 21st century classrooms. The program provides a course of study that promotes a positive and holistic understanding of the teaching profession within a reflective practitioner framework which is aligned with the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and the North Carolina Specialty Area Standards for Elementary Education. Field experiences begin with the first courses in the program and allow students to transition from observation to assisting to student teaching. The program culminates with a Pre-Professional Portfolio demonstrating students' knowledge, skills and dispositions for the teaching profession.

Students interested in earning teacher licensure must gain admission to the Teacher Education program. As soon as a student develops an interest in a Teacher Education program of study, he or she should contact the Division Chair and submit an interest form.


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.


Sample Courses

Assessment of Student Learning
Computer/Media Applications in the Classroom
Creative Methods and Materials
Developmental Psychology
Directed Student Teaching and Seminar
Literature for Children
Reflective Teaching/Classroom Management

See full degree and minor requirements in the College Catalog

Career Opportunities

With the current budget situation in public K-12 schools, districts are selective in choosing teachers. Lees-McRae Teacher candidates are prepared to be competitive in the professional job market and possess professional dedication to working with students, parents, faculty and community. In order to attract the best candidates, some public school systems pay a signing bonus and/or moving expenses and assist new teachers professionally in many ways. Ultimately, the greatest reward of a career in Elementary Education is the satisfaction that comes with being a positive influence on the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of children.

"Student teachers from Lees McRae College are prepared for education in the 21st century. I am so impressed with Lees McRae' s program. They are leading educator preparation with innovative strategies and a strong commitment to pushing forward in a time of educational change."

Kimberly Simmons
North Carolina Educator Evaluation Consultant, NCDPI

Additional Information

Program Mission Admission Requirements
Scholarships Transfer/Licensure-only Policy
Program Academic Policies Teacher Education Handbook and Forms
Title II Quality of Teacher Prep


All faculty have appropriate degrees, public school experience, and NC Professional Licensure.

Dr. Robin Buchanan
Division Chair
Licensure Officer
Associate Professor
Dr. Susan Gilbert
Associate Professor
Dr. Lynn Swann
Assistant Professor

Contact Us

Dr. Robin Buchanan, Chair, Division of Education
Caryn Hamilton, Administrative Assistant