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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.


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


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.


Elementary Education Major Requirements
School of Education Application


Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Lenoir-Rhyne University is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Fall 2020.

Program Contact

Michael Lemke

Instructor of Education
Hickory Campus