The Department of Reading and Elementary Education offers two initial K-6 licensure elementary education programs: a B.A. in Elementary Education for undergraduate students, and a Graduate Certificate Program to those that hold an undergraduate degree in another field. A Minor in Reading Education is offered for students already seeking initial license in another content area who wish to gain expertise in reading methods in the K-12 public school setting.
For previously-licensed teachers who wish to continue their education, there is a 33-hour M.Ed. in Elementary Education program. Designed for experienced teachers, the M.Ed. in Reading Education qualifies graduates for the North Carolina Advanced Standard Professional II teaching license in K-12 reading education. Relevant to all areas of the K-12 curriculum, this program is designed for classroom teachers and aspiring literacy specialists who are interested in improving instructional programs and practices that promote literacy among all learners. With further studies, there is also a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in Reading Education and in Elementary Education. See the Graduate Catalog for details on these graduate degree programs.