Elementary Education at Surry Community College

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.

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. This 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.

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).


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

The bachelor's degree in Elementary Education prepares the graduate 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

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