Every child deserves a teacher who cares and can help make education engaging, motivating and authentic. Appalachian State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education prepares you to become a teacher for kindergarten through grade six and earn a North Carolina teaching license – but it also does more than that. This degree empowers you to widen a child’s view, spur his or her curiosity and learning potential, and build community.
To make sure you’re ready for the classroom, the Reich College of Education is dedicated to giving you a wealth of practice – including multiple field experiences, internships and service-learning opportunities – before you even start your student teaching.
Employment: Students are typically hired throughout North Carolina as well as in surrounding states. Appalachian has teacher licensure reciprocity with 37 states.
Graduate School: Qualifying students can participate in Appalachian’s Accelerated Admission from Baccalaureate to Master’s Program by taking graduate coursework during the senior year toward a Master of Arts in Elementary Education.
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at email@example.com or 828-262-7559.
A minor is not required, but students are required to have a Second Academic Concentration. See options and their requirements.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Appalachian Educators – Open to all education majors. It sponsors service events and provides professional development and leadership opportunities.
College Middle Level Association (CMLA) – Its purpose is to better the advancement and recognition of middle grade educators.
Kappa Delta Pi – The national honorary education fraternity
Prospective Teachers of Mathematics – Promotes awareness for the mathematics teaching profession.
North Carolina Association of Educators – The student chapter of the organization that provides one voice for educators and public school employees.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Opportunities for education majors include international student teaching.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- Appalachian has been training quality educators for more than 100 years and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- The Elementary Education program is committed to rigorous preparation, from the planning and implementing of instruction, to evaluating and reflecting.
- The program emphasizes preparing future elementary teachers to meet the needs of all students, including students of diverse backgrounds and with special learning needs.
- The National Council of Teacher Quality has recognized Appalachian’s undergraduate elementary program as a leader in North Carolina teacher preparation.
Number of Students
175-225 graduates per year
Method of Delivery
On campus, plus programs at several off-campus locations in Caldwell, Burke, and Wilkes counties.
- Elementary School Teacher
- Non-formal Teaching Positions
- Environment Education Center Director
- Museum Docent
- Non-profit Advocate
- Charter School Teacher
- Summer Camp Instructor
Dr. Lisa Gross
Elementary Education Program Director