Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Use your talents. Inspire. Make a difference in a child’s life.

Pfeiffer University’s education program equips you with the knowledge and skills to be a true classroom and school leader. With a placement rate of 93 percent, Pfeiffer graduates are prepared to take on the unique challenges and responsibilities of teaching in the 21st century.

Pfeiffer’s teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate elementary education program, in the division of education, is available at the Misenheimer campus. Connect with other students interested in your field of study by joining the School of Education Majors Club where you will gain access to valuable opportunities.


The elementary education program (at the undergraduate level) includes three components: general education requirements, professional core studies and special studies. The general education requirements also meet the N.C. Department of Public Instruction guidelines for licensure and provide teacher candidates with a liberal arts knowledge base so that students are equipped to make interdisciplinary connections.

General Education Requirements

University Studies - Freshmen Only (1-4 SH)

  • UNIV 201 Freshman Journey or exemption (1 SH)

Writing (3-6 SH)

  • ENGL 201 Intro to College Writing or exemption (3 SH)
  • ENGL 202 College Writing (3 SH)

Language and Literature (6 SH)

  • ENGL 306 Approaches to Literature, or another literature course (3 SH)
  • ENGL/EDUC 411 Children's Literature (3 SH)

History/Political Science (12 SH)

  • GEOG 202 World Regions, or
  • EDUC 202 Geography in the Elementary Curriculum 3 SH
  • HSTY 221 US History to 1865, or
  • HSTY 222 US History since 1865 3 SH

One Civilization Course (3 SH)

Music/Art/Theatre (3 SH)

  • EDUC 304 Arts in the Elementary School (3 SH)

Natural Science (12 SH)

  • BIOL 211 General Biology I (4 SH)
  • BIOL 212 General Biology II (4 SH)
  • CHEM 201 Science, Technology, and Modern Society I (4 SH)

Mathematics (6 SH)

  • MATH 210 Basic Math Concepts I (3 SH)
  • MATH 211 Basic Concepts II (3 SH)

Economics/Psychology/Sociology (6 SH)

  • EDUC 322 Diversity in Education (3 SH)
    (Also counts as Professional Core Requirement)
  • One course from Economics/Psychology/Sociology (3 SH)

Religion (6 SH)

Two courses are required. One must be a religion course; the other may be a religion, philosophy or Christian education course.

Activities (4 SH)

Four one-semester hour courses must be taken from specific areas indicated on the class schedule.

Electives (6 SH)

Professional Core Courses (25 SH) 

Professional core studies address the professional knowledge and skills and general pedagogical skills necessary for teachers to be successful with student populations characterized by diversity. These courses also introduce candidates to the professional dispositions required.

  • EDUC 205 Introduction to Teaching
  • EDUC 225 Educational Technology
  • EDUC 306 Learner and Learning I - Elementary  
  • EDUC 321 Research & Assessment in Education
  • EDUC 322 Diversity in Education (listed as a General Education requirement)
  • EDUC 475/476 Licensure Preparation
  • EDUC 510 Student Teaching - K-6
  • SPED 250 Behavior Management for Exceptional Children

Specialty Area Courses

The specialty area (methods) courses for elementary education focus on development of professional skills for teaching. These courses are traditionally known as methods courses.

Specialty area courses for elementary education (29 SH) are the following:

  • EDUC 215L Arts in the EE School (listed as a General Education requirement)
  • EDUC 307 Learner and Learning II - EE 3
  • EDUC 407 Practicum in Elementary Education I
  • EDUC 408 Practicum in Elementary Education II
  • EDUC 412 Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades
  • EDUC 413 Teaching Reading in the Intermediate Grades
  • EDUC 441 Science Methods in the Elementary School
  • EDUC 442 Math Methods in the Elementary School
  • EDUC 443 Social Studies Methods in the Elementary School
  • EDUC 444 Language Arts in the Elementary School
  • HPED 210 Health & Physical Education in the Elementary School
  • SPED 200 Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Secondary Education Teaching Licensure

If you are interested in teaching grades 9-12, visit our secondary education teaching licensure certificate page.

3/2 Program

Want to get your bachelor's and master's degree in five years? Motivated undergraduate students should consider our 3/2 program.

Division of Education

Visit the division of education page to find out more information about:

  • Application for admission to the education program
  • Student teaching
  • Pfeiffer’s AIG (academically and intellectually gifted) add-on licensure program
  • Education-specific scholarship programs
  • Pfeiffer University’s CAEP National Accreditation (through 2021)
  • CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Do you love working with children? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of students, inspiring them, thereby starting a ripple of positivity that extends far beyond your reach? 

Teaching is one of the most purposeful and influential career paths available today. Make your mark in this world by using your talents to support, educate and guide elementary school children. Become a teacher.

Ready to get started? Apply now.

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