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ABOUT ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

The Elementary Education major prepares students to take charge of K-6 grade classrooms across our region and beyond. This nationally recognized program is built upon exceptional partnerships with public schools throughout central and western North Carolina. Students are immersed in a variety of courses which prepare them to effectively plan, deliver research-based instruction, differentiate the curriculum for all learners, use the latest instructional technologies, and develop a global perspective for 21st century classrooms. A strong emphasis is placed on the critical importance of serving students with disabilities and other exceptionalities within the regular and special education classrooms. As such, all Elementary Education majors have the opportunity to earn teacher licensure in both Elementary Education and Special Education. We believe that this is the best preparation a future teacher can receive for today's classrooms.

LR’s Education programs are nationally accredited through NCATE. The major is designed to furnish cutting edge training in instructional technology. Students will receive exceptional mentoring and support in preparation for teacher licensure exit examinations. Job search and placement support is provided for all students. All Education faculty have significant public school teaching experience to augment their qualifications as university professors.

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Teacher preparation is a demanding program that necessarily integrates classroom theory with “real world” application. Successful majors will engage in over 900 hours of field experiences in public school classrooms. Additionally, they will complete a full-time internship in the final semester of their program. Many opportunities for community or campus service are available throughout the program, such as curriculum development for LR’s “Little Read” program, private tutoring, and numerous other activities through the student organizations in Education. Qualified students are able to participate in and contribute to the LR Teaching Scholars Program, which provides additional learning opportunities on and away from campus.

Teaching Scholars Program

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Completion of the major in Elementary Education, along with all other state licensure requirements, is designed to prepare students to meet the expectations of K-6 teaching. The Education program furnishes extensive job search and placement support for its qualified graduates as they complete their undergraduate programs. Majors find elementary and special education positions in public, private, and charter schools.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Elementary Education Major Requirements
Teacher Accreditation
School of Education Application
ALUMNI ADVANTAGE PROGRAM

Program Contact

Dr. Monica Campbell

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Teaching Scholars Program
Hickory Campus

Elementary Education Faculty

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Adrianne Blackwelder

Titles: University Supervisor, Education
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Dr. Monica Campbell

Titles: Associate Professor of Education, Director of Teaching Scholars Program
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School: 828.328.7907

Dr. Summer Carrol

Titles: Assistant Professor of Education
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7567

Richard (Trent) Codd

Titles: Adjunct Instructor of Counseling, Adjunct Instructor of Education
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Dr. Lora Drum

Titles: Assistant Director, Teaching Scholars Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education
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School: 828.328.7192

Dr. Molly Duggan

Titles: Assistant Professor of Education
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.407.4266

Brian Hefner

Titles: Adjunct Instructor, Education
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Michael Lemke

Titles: Instructor of Education
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7189

Dr. Jayme Linton

Titles: Assistant Professor of Education
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Dr. Janet Painter

Titles: Professor of Education, Director of Engaged Scholars Program
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School: 828.267.3423
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