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BS in Elementary Education (K-6)

Program Details

Early childhood education, from Pre-kindergarten and elementary school has been discovered over the past two decades to be the biggest indicator of success in school for children. Students who have nurturing environments and programs designed to help them develop the skills they need to understand later materials and coexist with other students and teachers, are almost guaranteed to be more successful in school and in life to students who are not adequately prepared in early years. As part of that requirement, elementary school teachers are needed who are knowledgeable and competent in the needs of student as they develop during early years. 

East Carolina University offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education for the purpose of preparing pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of elementary and middle grades education. The program is committed to providing comprehensive programs, clinical experiences, and producing teachers who are reflective practitioners who provide professional services to their communities. The program is committed to preparing teachers who are knowledgeable, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a diverse student population. 

As part of the curriculum, students will have a general education program to complete before beginning courses relating to their field, in order to help establish the student as a well-rounded individual and professional. The general education courses include speech communication, public speaking, and college algebra, principles of microeconomics, American history, college algebra, psychology, developmental psychology and literature. Afterward, students will begin their studies in classes designed to help them teach children, including composition, people, places, and environments, world geography, American history, health in modern society, college algebra, technology in education, persity, foundations of American education, foundations of school learning, motivation, and assessment, curriculum and standards in elementary school, and many other elementary based educational courses to help develop the student into a productive and professional elementary-level educator.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges