Division of Education

Inspire. Support. Make a difference in the classroom.

Pfeiffer University’s education programs equip students with the knowledge and skills to inspire and educate children of all ages and be true classroom and education system leaders.

Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction INCDPI), Pfeiffer's programs are designed to develop innovative and effective teachers for schools in North Carolina and beyond.

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Dean of Division of Education

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in teacher education at Pfeiffer University — where 93 percent of teacher candidates since 2012 hold jobs in the teaching profession.

Aligned with North Carolina’s goal to equip every classroom in the state with knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate teachers, Pfeiffer University’s teacher education programs reflect the latest research on best practices in education — and are recognized in the state and beyond for their excellence. As such, they are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

With a foundation in the liberal arts, our programs offer rigorous course work and hundreds of hours of practical experience. Very early in the program of study, teacher candidates become engaged local school systems with opportunities to apply what they’re learning to real classroom situations. This is one aspect of the program that makes us most proud and that we’re committed to continuing as we develop the next generation of teachers.

Dr. Dawn Lucas
Dean
dawn.lucas@pfeiffer.edu

Campus

Our education degree programs are offered on our various campuses. Undergraduate degree programs are offered at our Misenheimer campus, while our graduate programs are offered online and on our Charlotte campus.

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Undergraduate Programs

Graduate & Professional Programs

3/2 Program

Earn an elementary education bachelor's degree and master's degree in just five years by enrolling in Pfeiffer's 3/2 program! Motivated undergraduate students should speak to their advisors and learn more here.

Application for Admission

Students seeking teacher licensure must request admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) as soon as they have completed EDUC 205, EDUC 306, and EDUC 360, but no later than while enrolled in EDUC 406.

Step 1. You must submit an e-portfolio in TaskStream that includes the following products and evaluations of those products:

  • Child or adolescent observation project (EDUC 306).  Required score 80 or above.
  • Evaluation of an oral presentation (EDUC 306). Required score 80 or above.
  • Non-linear multi-media presentation for use in teaching in the content area (EDUC 360). Acceptable performance on all criteria.  

Also, you must post the following on TaskStream:

  • A current unofficial transcript showing a GPA of 2.75 or higher and a C or better on all EDUC and SPED coursework.
  • Official report from ETS indicating passing scores on the three (3) Praxis I tests (criterion is a 522 cumulative score, or passing scores on each of the three Praxis I test, or criterion scores on SAT or ACT).
  • TEP Writing Sample. Required score of 5 or better.
  • English 2600 Grammar Test score of 70 or above from EDUC 205 or administered by the School of Education.

Step 2. When you have posted all documents, you must complete an application giving the Teacher Education Board permission to:

  • Review the portfolio and all data required for admission.
  • Secure references from all School of Education faculty and two (2) faculty in your major who have taught you.
  • Complete a background check on you.

Step 3. The School of Education faculty will examine your portfolio, test scores, and references; and recommend approval or denial of admission. The Teacher Education Board will approve or deny admission. The decision of the Teacher Education Board will be provided to you in writing.

Step 4. If you meet all criteria for admission except having passing scores on the required tests, you may request an interview with a panel of the Teacher Education Board. Prior to the interview, you must complete the following (as related to the criteria not achieved):

  • A writing sample administered by the School of Education. (Prompt: Explain why you should be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, addressing how you will overcome your deficiencies in order to become a capable teacher.)
  • A grammar test administered by the School of Education.
  • A plan for passing the Praxis I prior to Student Teaching, which must include concrete applications as formal tutoring and/or courses.

You are expected to use standard English in all written and oral presentations.

Step 5. The panel of the Teacher Education Board will judge the adequacy of your literacy skills for continuation in the Teacher Education Program. The panel will recommend approval or denial of admission based on all data presented and your interview. Again the decision of the Teacher Education Board will be provided to you in writing.

Student Teaching

To apply for clinical practice, you must submit an e-portfolio in TaskStream to be evaluated by a team of at least two faculty members. The e-portfolio will be assessed in terms of the Teacher Education Program's Conceptual Framework and Curriculum Standards.

If the team determines that some competencies are not adequately met, they will recommend a plan for remediation prior to clinical practice or during clinical practice. Your application e-portfolio is due no later than the last add date in the semester prior to the semester in which you plan to do clinical practice.

Step 1. You must submit an e-portfolio in TaskStream that includes the following products and evaluations of those products:

  • Research paper on contemporary issues (EDUC 321). Required score 80 or above.
  • Servant leadership project (EDUC 322). May not have more than one “not met” on the rubric.
  • A minimum 10-lesson content Unit Plan from EDUC 406A/500, HPED 401/402, MUSC 505 or SPED 526. Must score 80 or above on the rubric.
  • Simulated lesson presentation (EDUC 407/412/413/500L, HPED 401L or MUSC 505). Required score 80 or above.
  • 5-Step Formal Reflection (EDUC 406C/412/413/500, or HPED 401L/402L). Must achieve a grade of acceptable or above on rubric.

Also, you must post the following on TaskStream:

  • A current unofficial transcript showing a GPA of 2.75 or higher and achieving a C or better in all EDUC and SPED coursework (Elementary Education and Special Education-General Curriculum have additional grade stipulations. Please see catalog).
  • Official report from ETS indicating passing scores on the three (3) Praxis I tests (criterion is a 522 cumulative score, or passing scores on each of the three Praxis I test or criterion scores on SAT or ACT).
  • Signed statement on any criminal convictions or the lack thereof.
  • Resume of personal and professional experiences relevant to clinical practice and teaching, (e.g. work, extracurricular experiences in high school and college, service learning, community, church and field experiences).

Step 2. When you have posted all documents on your e-portfolio, you must complete an application giving the Teacher Education Board permission to:

  • Review the portfolio and all data required for admission to student teaching.
  • Secure references from all methods professors in the School of Education and two faculty in your major who have taught you and one cooperating teacher that has worked with you during a field experience.
  • Submit it to your advisor/ the secretary of the School of Education.

Step 3. The School of Education faculty will examine your portfolio, test scores and references; and recommend approval or denial of acceptance for student teaching. The Teacher Education Board will approve or deny acceptance. The decision of the Teacher Education Board will be provided to you in writing.

Tuition and Fees

Your education is one of the most important financial investments you’ll ever make. Pfeiffer financial aid advisors will work with you to develop a financial aid package that is affordable for you. Click here for current tuition and fees.

Careers

Do you love working with children? Do you wish to pursue a teaching degree? Do you want to make a difference in the school system at large? Teaching is one of the most purposeful and influential career paths available today. Make your mark by using your talents to support, educate and guide students.

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Performance Data

Pfeiffer University has a 93 percent job placement rate and is respected for the quality of classroom preparation provided through our interactive program. The following data underscores the success of our education programs:

Accreditation

Pfeiffer University’s teacher education programs have received accreditation through year 2021 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

The division of education at Pfeiffer University continued its accreditation at the initial (undergraduate) teacher preparation and advanced (graduate) preparation levels, indicating that these programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.

Since 2012, Pfeiffer’s teacher education program has graduated 158 undergraduate- and graduate-level prepared teachers, with a pass rate of 92 percent on North Carolina Department of Public Instruction required licensure examination. To date, 93 percent of them are employed in the education field.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards as well as under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles are now served by a single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

The Grigg Education Scholars Program

The Grigg Education Scholars Program provides scholarship support to exceptional prospective teachers who seek to prepare for excellence in the teaching profession while also developing servant leadership skills and dispositions through service to the university and the community. Click here for more information about this program.

Eligibility

The Grigg Education Scholars Program is open to North Carolina high school seniors who qualify to attend Pfeiffer University and are interested in the teaching profession. Preference is given to Stanly County students who meet the criteria. The Grigg Education Scholars awards shall be contingent upon the candidate's enrollment as a full-time student at Pfeiffer University during the fall semester of the award year.

Program Guidelines

Award maximums will be established annually according to income available from the Grigg Education Scholars Program endowment. Awards shall not exceed the cost of tuition, room and board. Awards shall be provided to one or more recipients each year for a total of up to eight (8) semesters. Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.0. By the end of sophomore year, Grigg Education Scholars must apply and be admitted to the teacher education program. To maintain the scholarship, Grigg Education Scholars must continue in the teacher education program until the baccalaureate degree has been earned.

Awards

  • Academic Excellence Award
    This award is given to the teacher candidate with the highest GPA in professional and content courses within the school of education.
  • Golden Apple Award
    The Golden Apple Award is given to teacher candidates who have shown tremendous growth throughout the program of study and exhibit great potential for the teaching profession. Recipients are nominated and selected by faculty members.
  • Servant Leadership Award
    This award is given to the student who performs above and beyond the call of duty with regard to service to Pfeiffer and surrounding schools. The recipient is nominated and selected by faculty members.

Faculty

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