Online Degree | Elementary Education


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

Elementary educators—those teachers who specialize in children's early academic years—provide the care, nurturing, and leadership young people need to develop as 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 recognized 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


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.

Named one of the top 30 online Elementary Education bachelor’s programs in the country by Online Schools Report.

What You’ll Study

Courses in the elementary education major are designed to meet the learning outcomes identified as being crucial for the preparation of elementary school teachers. They form an appropriate balance of knowledge, philosophy, and theory with methods and practice. The courses are based on North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) competencies and the teaching of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCS).

In addition to classes covering the main subjects taught in elementary classrooms, Elementary Education students will take classes providing training in computer and media literacy, classroom management, creating positive environments for all learners.

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
Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education, Director of Education

Dr. Susan Dean 
Professor of Teacher Education


State Authorization
Lees-McRae College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Learn more

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