Raleigh, NC, Schools Offering Elementary Teaching Courses
There are several schools in the Raleigh area that offer degrees in elementary education. This article looks at three of these, none more than 35 minutes from downtown, and the programs they offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Individuals who are looking for a school can refer to a table of information including enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and acceptance rates. At the end of the article are some facts about other area schools with relevant programs.
- North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers a bachelor's degree and two master's degree programs focusing on elementary education. This university is about four miles from downtown Raleigh.
- Located about 29 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina Central University offers bachelor's and master's programs in elementary education.
- Shaw University, less than one mile from downtown Raleigh, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains pertinent information about these schools that may help prospective students.
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||North Carolina Central University||Shaw University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||34,432||8,097||1,660|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)'*'|| $9,058 for in-state and $27,406 for out-of-state undergraduate students,
$11,027 for in-state and $26,502 for out-of-state graduate students
| $6,399 for in-state and $19,106 for out-of-state undergraduate students,
$7,411 for in-state and $20,365 for out-of-state graduate students
|$16,480 for undergraduate students|
|'Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||69%||97%||99%|
|'Acceptance Rate (2017)*||51%||83%||53%|
|'Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||94% of full-time students||77% of full-time students||43% of full-time students|
|'Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)*||79%||44%||18%|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
This university's elementary education programs are offered through the Department of Elementary Education of its College of Education. The college is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
This program has limited enrollment and is delivered in a 'cohort model,' in which groups of students progress through the curriculum together. In addition to lectures, the program includes teaching experiences and internships. Classes cover topics such as teaching reading in elementary school, children's thinking, learning and behavior assessments and teaching children with special needs.
Master of Elementary Education
Students in this 30-credit hour program complete lectures and a culminating experience, which is an internship. Core classes in the program focus on literary assessment and instruction, mathematical tasks for kindergartners through fifth graders and diverse learners. Students can choose to concentrate on elementary math or elementary science.
Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education
This accelerated program can lead to an initial teaching license and MAT in around 18 months. Students will be expected to work with students both face to face and virtually. Students must keep a GPA of 3.00 or higher, and applicants must already hold a bachelor's degree with 24 credit hours of education-related courses.
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University's elementary education programs are offered through its School of Education. The school's programs are accredited by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction and the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
This program requires 124 credit hours of study. Classes in the program cover topics such as teaching mathematics, educating children with special needs, learning assessments, human growth and development, educational psychology and the dimensions of learning. During the last semester, students in the program participate in a teaching experience.
This school's bachelor's degree program in elementary education is offered through its Department of Education.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
This program provides instruction in teaching children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Professional teaching-focused courses in the program include curriculum development, child and adolescent development, teaching children with special needs and leadership. Classes in the major focus on teaching language arts through children's literature, teaching math in elementary schools and North Carolina history. Students in the program also complete a student teaching experience.
Other School Options
Meredith College, situated about four miles from downtown Raleigh, offers a bachelor's degree and two master's degree programs in elementary education. Located about two miles from downtown Raleigh, St. Augustine University offers a bachelor's degree in elementary education through its Department of Education.