Additional Information

Considerations For Students Transferring To Lees-McRae

Since the Lees-McRae College Elementary Education Program online serves as the last two years of a four-year degree in Elementary Education, there are certain preadmissions requirements. These requirements are equivalent to the achievements of the first two years of a traditional four-year degree program. These requirements also ensure that students can successfully meet their academic goals and all licensure requirements as developed by the State Board of Education, State Legislature, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the Lees-McRae College Teacher Education Program.

Pre-Admissions Requirements

Students must have a 2.7 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous coursework. Students must have completed an Associate of Arts Degree from a regionally accredited school; OR Students must have 64 semester credit hours that meet the Lees-McRae College General Education Core. Students who have not completed their Associate of Arts degree, but who are within one semester of doing so (12 or fewer semester hours), may be admitted at the discretion of the Department on a conditional basis. By the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program students must take all three tests (reading, writing, and mathematics) of the Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators. Ideally students will have taken PRAXIS CORE and made a composite score of at least 468 prior to enrolling at Lees-McRae College. Students with a BA/BS degree with a 2.5 or higher grade point average (GPA) are exempt from this requirement, but will need to take NCEL upon program completion as all candidates must do.

Content area courses from a student’s Associate of Arts Degree graded below “C” will not fulfill a Lees-McRae requirement. Lees-McRae College reserves the right to require a recommendation from the Dean of Students Services or the Vice-President for Instruction for admission into Lees-McRae.

Each person who is interested in the program will be given a transcript analysis to determine if there are any prerequisite courses they need to take prior to starting the program. If a student already has an accredited AA, AS, BA or BS degree, or has 65 semester credit hours that meet the Lees-McRae College General Education Core or the North Carolina Transfer Module, they will not have to take additional courses prior to starting the program. However, it is expected that all students will have completed MAT 120 or 121 College Algebra (or higher) and PSY 241 (Developmental Psychology) at the community college or comparable courses as prerequisites to entering the program. Students without one of these degrees will be given a detailed listing of the courses they need to take, and advice on efficient ways to meet those prerequisite course requirements.

Admission to Lees-McRae College

Applications for admission to Lees-McRae College are available from the regional coordinator, and come with detailed instructions on completing the admissions process. Qualified applicants will be notified of acceptance.

Since the LMC Elementary Education Program online is a sequenced two-year program of study (four full-time [12 hour] semesters and one [6 hour] summer session), entry students must begin their program with a new cohort (group), and continue full-time through the two-year course of study. New cohorts will begin each August and January (for online only).

Application and Admission Process for the Elementary Education Program

Providing qualified teachers for our classrooms is a national priority. The public demands that we hold beginning teachers to the highest professional standards. Educators at all levels see the challenge: To establish a teacher licensing program which is national in scope, yet tailored to suit the evolving needs of individual states. One vital component of such a program is a system of thorough, fair, and carefully validated assessments designed to evaluate each teacher candidate’s basic academic skills, subject knowledge, and classroom performance.

The Praxis Series® tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core): Reading, Writing, and Math. These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They are designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

Prior to admission to an educator preparation program candidates are required to take the Core tests to demonstrate their qualifications. However, individuals with a total SAT® score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) are exempt from Core testing requirements for an educator preparation program admission. Additionally, individuals with a total ACT score of 24 are exempt from Core testing requirements.

For more information about PRAXIS testing, contact: Educational Testing Service, Teaching and Learning Division, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541, (609) 771-7395 or on the web at