The classroom-based Elementary Education undergraduate degree at Appalachian

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Whether you’re a pre-service or in-service elementary teacher, Appalachian State University’s Elementary Education undergraduate degree program offered through App State Online provides a robust combination of academic and field experiences to prepare you to make significant contributions to the field of education.

This flexible program offers full- and part-time options. Successful completion of this Elementary Education undergraduate degree program prepares you for a rewarding new career and leads to North Carolina state licensure in elementary education, teaching grades K-6.

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Degree details

Program information

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(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Classroom-based option

  • Four-to-five courses per semester, spring and fall
  • Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full time in a classroom setting
  • Completion time: 2.5 years

Hybrid option

  • Courses will be taught via face-to-face and video conferencing
  • Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full time in a classroom setting
  • Completion time: 2.5 years

Admission requirements

The following criteria are required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 120 hours by the end of the program.

Visit our transfer equivalency course search to see how your previous coursework transfers to Appalachian.

Before entry, applicants who have met Appalachian's General Education requirement – with one of the following math courses: MAT 140, 143, 151, 152, 155, 161, 165, 171, 172, 175, 263, 271, or 272 – will be given admission preference.

Additional courses required for entry

  • Expository Writing R C 1000 (ENG 111 at a NC community college)
  • College transferable math (Ex: MAT 140, 143, 151, 152, 155, 161, 165, 171, 172, 175, 263, 271, or 272 at a NC community college)

Program requirements

  • In addition to the courses delivered by Appalachian, you must also complete a Second Academic Concentration (SAC). The SAC may be fulfilled in a variety of ways, depending on the one you select. This can include additional community college transfer credits as well as supplemental classes through Appalachian or other institutions. You will discuss this requirement with your Appalachian advisor after admittance.

  • You will need to complete SAC and General Education requirements before you begin the fourth semester of the Elementary Education program.
  • Admission to Teacher Education is required by the end of the first year in the program.
  • All Appalachian State University Education programs that lead to licensure or a similar credential require multiple site-based field experiences throughout the program as well as on-campus and regional meetings prior to and during the Clinical Internship. Learn more.

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.

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Hear from an Alumnus

Katrina O Donnell

“The education program at Appalachian prepared me to create standards-based lessons that are engaging for my students. It also taught me how to differentiate within those lessons to reach all students. With the diversity of children in my classroom this year, it was very helpful to have had extensive research-based materials to refer back to from my time in the program.”

- Katrina O’Donnell ‘15