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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

School of Education

336 Curry Building



Samuel D. Miller, Professor and Chair of Department

Professors Duffy, Ponder, Schunk, Strahan, Uprichard; Associate Professors Baber, Johnston, Levin, Matthews, Thorton; Assistant Professors Ayers, Carlone, Cooper, Fi, Merritt

Undergraduate majors in this department are prepared to receive North Carolina Class “A” licensure for teaching in public schools, grades K–6 and 6–9. The majors in this department include Elementary (K–6) and Middle Grades (6–9) Education.

Elementary and Middle Grades Education majors progress through their professional studies in Inquiry Teams of about 25 students under the guidance of a university instructor who serves as their field supervisor, academic advisor, and weekly seminar leader. Students assigned to an Inquiry Team take all Elementary or Middle Grades methods courses together and do 10-hour per week internships in Professional Development Schools. Three internships are required prior to student teaching. New Inquiry Teams begin in the Fall semester and continue for four consecutive semesters.

Student Learning Goals

Student Learning Goals are consistent with standards set forth by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) programs at, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) at, the National Educational Technology Standards at, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at their Web site

Admission to the Teacher Education Program and to the Elementary or Middle Grades Education Majors

Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to Teacher Education with a major in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction reserves the right to refuse admission where additional enrollments would threaten the academic quality of classes or programs. The size of each junior class coming into Elementary or Middle Grades Education is determined by the availability of instructors for student practicum and student teaching experiences. Therefore, it may not be possible to assure space for each student who meets the quantitative criteria for admission to the major as specified above. Interviews and/or other qualitative criteria will be implemented in such instances.

In addition to admission to teacher education (see Teacher Education), a student who seeks admission to the Elementary or Middle Grades Education major is expected to achieve:

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  2. A grade of C or better in CUI 250;
  3. Completion of all courses needed to fulfill the General Education Requirements; and
  4. Satisfactory scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

Admission to Student Teaching

Eligibility to enter student teaching requires maintaining a grade point average of 2.75 or better after being admitted to the major, and achieving a grade of C or better in each professional course. After admission to the major, if a student fails to maintain a grade point average of 2.75, the student has one semester to improve his/her grade point average. If a student receives a D or F in a professional course, the student is eligible to retake the course at its next offering.

Second Major Requirement

All students majoring in Elementary or Middle Grades Education are required to complete another approved major or a second academic concentration consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours in a basic academic discipline. Depending on the academic discipline selected, a maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward the General Education Requirements as well as the major or concentration.