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 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 admissions@lmc.edu


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
Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education, Director of Education

Dr. Lynn Swann 
Program Coordinator of Education, Associate Professor of Teacher 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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