Elementary Education

The Lees-McRae College Teacher Education Program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for successful employment as schoolteachers in the 21st Century classroom. 

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 a strong course of study that promotes positive and holistic development of teachers within the framework of teacher as reflective practitioner. 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.

This program 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).

Study at Surry Community College

A seated cohort for Elementary Education is offered at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Tonya Fulk, regional coordinator, at fulkt@lmc.edu or 828.260.5895.


The Teacher Education Program has maintained a 98-100% graduation rate for teacher candidates admitted into the program.

 The average graduate GPA in the education program is between 3.73 and 3.86.

Career Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in Elementary Education prepares you for licensure in the North Carolina public schools. Job opportunities can include teaching in private schools, teaching abroad and working in administrative roles in the field of education.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Pamela Vesely
Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Education

Dr. Lynn Swann 
Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Susan Gilbert 
Professor of Teacher Education

Regional Coordinator

Tonya Fulk

Lees-McRae College cannot guarantee the degree program will meet requirements for professional licensure in the student’s home state. Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state institutions.

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