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Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
In a rapidly changing society, there is a real need for teachers who can contribute to the positive development of young children and to the development of effective schools for them. The Western Carolina University Elementary Education Program is designed for prospective elementary school teachers and current teaching professionals who strive to meet these goals and transform the future.
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Key facts:

  • Elementary Education follows a carefully designed curriculum where students learn from and work alongside faculty, instructors and cooperating teachers dedicated to their intellectual and professional growth. Program graduates find employment as teachers, principals and superintendents, educational programmers, academic program directors, and tutors.
  • The program curriculum combines challenging academic coursework with numerous opportunities for students to engage in field experiences in area public schools. All students complete a capstone experience that includes a year-long internship in a participating public school. Teachers-in-training benefit from several support and outreach units as they pursue their studies at Western Carolina University. 
  • These valuable resources include Beginning Teacher Support, Suite 201 Advising and WHEE Teach, a student organization that gives future teachers the opportunity to volunteer in schools and participate in educational service learning and social events. With successful completion of the program, graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and are recommended to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for K-6 initial licensure.
  • WCU’s rate of teacher placement is one of the best in North Carolina. In addition to teaching positions and leadership roles in public and private schools, graduates find employment in business training and development, library and school media programs, and within private organizations. Graduates also find employment with test preparation companies, daycare centers, nursery schools, and universities and colleges. Many graduates choose to deepen their knowledge and further their education by enrolling in a graduate degree program such as the Master of Arts in Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Elementary Education curriculum includes:

  • Art for Children
  • Elementary Curriculum
  • Seminar for Creating Responsive Learning Communities in the Elementary Grades 
  • Practicum 
  • Language Arts Methods for Grades K-6
  • Science Methods for Grade K-6 Credits
  • Social Studies Methods for Grades K-6
  • Mathematics Methods Grades K-3
  • Mathematics Methods Grades 3-6 
  • Digital Literacy Methods for Grades K-6
  • Children's Literature in the 21st Century
  • Reading Diagnosis and Instruction for Grades K-6
  • K-6 Reading Methods
  • Number Sense for Teaching
  • Reasoning about Change, Measurement, Chance, and Data for Teaching
  • Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers Credits: 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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