The elementary education curriculum is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to teach effectively in the content areas, using efficient strategies and up-to-date techniques in kindergarten through grade six. Moreover, an understanding of child development, learner behavior and attitude adjustment is imperative for teacher success in classroom settings. The curriculum provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences so that candidates are prepared to meet the needs, capabilities and interests of elementary school aged children.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education prepares students to receive a license to teach in kindergarten through grade six in North Carolina. The rationale for the program is based on the on-going need for highly effective teachers for elementary-aged children. The quality of schools and student learning are dependent upon the professional knowledge and skills of the teacher. The elementary education program aims to be innovative and reflective in graduating scholars and leaders who are culturally and socially literate and approach teaching holistically so that they will be able to respond to the needs of students in our changing global society.

Program Entry Requirements

  • 2.8 GPA
  • C or better in English 131, English 132 or COMM 204, COMM 201, Math 131, Math 135, EDUCA 114
  • Passing the Praxis CORE examination prior to the end of the fourth semester or approximately 60 hours.
  • Philosophy of Education stored electronically.


At SAU, the "Scholar Practitioner" is a "Catalyst for Change" whose professional practice and instructional capacity is tightly grounded in the application of educational research, theory and authentic content knowledge. Early in the educational experiences students gain an increased understanding of pedagogy within the context of authentic content knowledge. Through field experience, assignments and projects, students are provided with immediate opportunities to apply their understandings of educational theory and pedagogy in relevant educational environments. As students progress through the teacher preparation program, opportunities to broaden and deepen their understanding and application of pedagogical content knowledge also increase thus supporting the development and maturation of the scholar-practitioner.

Final Licensing Requirements

The ultimate goal of the Department of Education is to help the prospective teacher receive, immediately upon graduation from Saint Augustine's University, licensing in their specialty area. The general requirements for licensing by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction are:

  • The completion of the bachelor's degree in an approved teacher preparation program;
  • Recommendations by the official licensing officer of the university;
  • Teachers know the content they teach;
  • Passing scores on the Praxis II examination or Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum examination (effective October 1, 2014)