Elementary Education

A degree in Elementary Education will offer you the chance to mentor children and channel your talents with children K-6. You will receive a general education degree and be able to teach any subject. By passing additional sections of the Pearson Licensure Exam, you can add areas of certification to your teaching license. We pride ourselves on starting your field experiences as soon as you enter our program, which is uncommon in other teacher education programs in the state.

The Teacher Education Program at Lees-McRae has achieved the high standards required to maintain accreditation by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Building on the liberal arts core curriculum, the program curriculum has a balance of philosophy, theory, and practice for effective teacher preparation. Among the many distinctions of the Lees-McRae Teacher Education Program, the Reflective Practitioner Framework is perhaps of greatest importance as it is a process that encourages students to reflect on every aspect of the learning and teaching experience.

Title II Report

What You'll Study

In the Elementary Education program, you'll study a variety of topics including educational philosophy, classroom management, diverse learners, educational psychology, children's literature, qualitative teaching methods, and more!

Beyond the Classroom

  • K-6 classroom observations (50 hours) to be completed during your first 2 semesters in our program
  • K-6 classroom internship (150 hours) to be completed during your third semester in our program
  • K-6 student teaching during your fourth and final semester in our program
  • International travel and service opportunities are also available.
"Student teachers from Lees-McRae College are prepared for education in the 21st century. I am so impressed with the Lees-McRae program. They are leading educator preparation with innovative strategies and astrong commitment to pushing forward in a time of educational change."
Kimberly Simmons
North Carolina Educator Evaluation Consultant, NCDPI

After Graduation

Common Career Areas

Career information is provided through Vault and O'Net. Current Lees-McRae students can see the full results on Vault using their student email and password. 

Alumni Success

Principal Avery Middle School
Kindergarten Teacher Laurel Park Elementary School (Diane Kent Parker First Year Teacher Award in Wake County Public Schools)
Fourth Grade Teacher Hudson Elementary School (featured on front page of newspaper for creating a computer club for students after attending Googlefest to encourage students to get interested in programming)
Head Volleyball Coach Polk County
Eighth Grade Teacher Cove Creek School (Teacher of the Year Award)
Fifth Grade Teacher North Windy Widge School (Thanks to Teachers winner featured on ABC/WLOS NC news)
Teacher Bethel Christian Academy (Thanks to Teacher winner featured on ABC/WLOS NC news)

Meet the Faculty

Pamela Vesely, EdD
Dean of Education and Social Sciences, Professor

Elizabeth Bush
Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Teacher Education, Instructor

Susan Dean, EdD 
Professor of Teacher Education

Nancy Gryder, EdS
Assistant Professor of Education

Dorothy Ley
Clinical Supervisor for Teacher Education

Melissa McCullough, EdD
Program Director of Master of Arts in Teaching, Assistant Professor of Education

Ready to take the next step?

We're glad to hear that! Our admissions office is ready to guide you through the process.