Elementary Education Teaching Program – UNC Center for Urban Education

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree and Elementary Teaching License

In this Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts – Teaching Emphasis – Elementary Education Endorsement (Grades K-6) program at the UNC Center for Urban Education, you will combine an elementary education degree with a concentration in English as a Second Language, providing you with a broad foundation for teaching and learning when working with a wide variety of students. You'll learn effective general teaching methods and how to teach each subject area to children.

This Denver-delivered program features a structured course schedule (you'll focus on one course at a time) and a paid classroom apprenticeship model that allows you to start earning and working in metro area classrooms right away.

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A program representative will share information about the program and answer any questions you have. Attendees are entered for monthly UNC gift drawings.

Recurring Online Meeting:

1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM Mountain Time
Location: Online – View monthly dates and register

Be the Difference: Be a Teacher

Because of the specialized training and experiences you'll gain in urban school districts, you will be prepared to address the needs of these students and make a difference where it is needed most: in the lives of children who have the chance to become inspired learners. With these experiences, our graduates routinely report that their transition to full-time classroom teacher involves no surprises. They have seen much, done much and are ready to tackle the most demanding teaching challenges.

As a graduate of this program, you will be well equipped to handle all of the challenges of elementary education – from Kindergarten through grade six. You will also be eligible for the ESL licensure/endorsement.

The UNC Center for Urban Education

This program/major is one of three bachelor's degrees with initial licensure offered by the UNC Center for Urban Education, which operates at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry. The other Center for Urban Education degree with licensure programs are:

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Classroom Apprenticeship

You will spend time each week in a classroom teacher apprenticeship position – all four years. You'll receive pay as well as college credit for this experience. This means that right from the beginning you are part of the school environment as a working, contributing staff member, meaning that you can apply what you learn in your courses to see which methods work best for you. During the entire four years, you will also be mentored by a retired master teacher who offers guidance and support for the classroom apprenticeship experience.


Academic Classes

The four-year course of study includes a variety of subjects that contribute to a well-rounded college education and preparation for the most challenging of school classrooms. You will spend either weekday afternoons or evenings (depending on your enrollment choice) in academic classes at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry.

Focus on One Course at a Time

A unique feature of the Center for Urban Education program is the scheduling of classes. You will focus on one academic class at a time. For example, you will complete a math, English, or history, etc. class every five weeks. This enables you to focus more clearly on the work at hand and come away from each classroom experience richer in what you have learned. Along the way, you will also periodically attend small, teacher training workshops.

A Comprehensive Degree from UNC's Renowned Elementary Education Program

The academic coursework includes a solid background in physical education, art, music and health as well as traditional elementary study in literacy, math, social studies and science. Additionally, you'll gain the skills necessary to teach “English for Speakers of other Languages" and be prepared for an ESL licensure/endorsement.

A four year course of study is tightly designed to help you complete this bachelor's degree. View the example 4-year plans of study:


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Undergraduate Catalog.

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