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Comprehensive Science Education (CSED)

The Comprehensive Science Education Major is designed for teacher candidates planning to teach science
in high school. It combines studies in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. Teacher candidates
completing this major and the Education minor are eligible for licensure in Comprehensive Science (9-12)
with a B.S. degree.

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87 Semester Hours Minimum (51 SH in concentration; 38 SH in required Education minor)

I. Teacher candidates in the Comprehensive Science Education major must complete a concentration in either Biology or in Chemistry. The exact sequence of the courses in the concentration will be determined by the academic advisor and the teacher candidate.

Biology Concentration (51 SH) from:
Biology -- 24 SH
Chemistry -- 12 SH
Earth Science -- 7 SH (may be satisfied by CHEM 201 and GEOG 201)
Physics -- 8 SH

Chemistry Concentration (51 SH) from:
Chemistry -- 24 SH
Biology -- 12 SH
Earth Science -- 7 SH (may be satisfied by CHEM 201 and GEOG 201)
Physics -- 8 SH

II. Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Licensure: 38 SH. Complete the Education minor
as described in Education.

Social Studies (SOST)


The History curriculum provides a broad spectrum of courses covering all periods of history in all areas of the world. There are few specifically required courses in the History major and students have the opportunity to design majors (with the approval of the Department Chair) that best meet their own career goals or personal interests.

Graduates in History may continue their studies in graduate or law school or may choose to pursue careers in teaching, government, foreign service, journalism, archival work, or business.  


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Elementary Education

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The Elementary Education program at Pfeiffer University is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become a professional teacher — a leader committed to culturally responsive teaching, 21st Century application, life long learning and continual reflection. It seeks to develop teachers of excellence for the classrooms in North Carolina and beyond. It promotes Pfeiffer University's and the Teacher Education philosophy by developing professional teachers who are servant leaders, who set high standards for themselves and who help set high standards for the learning community in which they serve.

The Pfeiffer University Elementary Education Program offers Elementary Education at two levels, the bachelor's level and the master's level. Initial licensure programs are offered at the bachelor's level for the B.A. degree in Elementary Education, and at the masters level for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (M.A.T. in E.E.). At the graduate level, the Master of Science in Elementary Education (M.S.E.E) provides advanced preparation in Elementary Education for students who already have an undergraduate degree in elementary education.

Students possessing an undergraduate degree in a licensure area from a regionally accredited university may complete prescribed coursework to become licensed in elementary education by contacting the Director of Elementary Education for a transcript analysis. Lateral entry teachers employed in a local school system may pursue licensure through Pfeiffer University or the Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC).

The undergraduate Elementary Education program is offered on the Misenheimer campus and a satellite setting at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, North Carolina.




Special Education

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Consistent with the vision and mission of Pfeiffer University, the philosophy of the Special Education program is embodied in the conceptual framework: Developing Servant Leaders for Professional Practice: Preparation and Planning, Establishing a Respectful Environment, Instructing Effectively, and Assuming Professional Responsibilities.

Teacher Licensure
The undergraduate program, will lead to recommendation for North Carolina teacher licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12.

Certification Only/Lateral Entry Requirements
Evening and online offerings are available in professional core and specialty studies courses to assist the lateral entry, licensure only, or working adult students in meeting to meet the requirements for licensure for North Carolina.

Program Requirements
The Special Education Program includes three (3) components:

  • General Education Courses (68 SH)
  • Professional Core Studies (28 SH)
  • Specialty Area Studies (32 SH)



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