- the development of appropriate learning experiences for children
You should consider the Abbey’s Education degree program if you
- enjoy teaching children
- communicate easily
- are creative and patient
In addition to coursework, the Belmont Abbey Elementary Education Licensure Program prepares teacher candidates through top-quality mentoring and hands-on experiences including:
- 75 hours of classroom field experience over two semesters prior to student teaching.
- A full semester of student teaching, five days a week for 15 weeks, during your final semester of college.
We are guided by our Department of Education Mission Statement:
Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, the Department of Education’s mission is to promote commitment among students to serve and to be advocates for those most vulnerable in society, children. By our own example, we teach our students to understand the responsibilities and privileges entailed in this commitment. Through the study of the liberal arts and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions inherent in education courses and field experiences, we help our students develop minds that are both broad and agile, so they are equipped to make wise and ethical decisions that benefit them and those whose lives they touch.
With an Elementary Education bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers including:
- teaching grades K-6 in public and private elementary schools
- teaching 6th grade in public and private middle schools
The K-6 Elementary Education Teacher Licensure Program is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction [NCDPI].Because of North Carolina’s generous teacher licensure regulations and reciprocity established with other states’ licensing bodies, our education graduates with a K-6 teaching degree may gain a license to teach at any level, K-12, simply by passing a test in the higher grades’ content area(s).
The Abbey Difference:
More than a Career
At Belmont Abbey College we believe that being an elementary school teacher is not only a job, but a calling. Following the college’s mission for the promotion of excellence, the Elementary Education degree prepares its students for careers that focus on strengthening both mind and spirit as they share their love of learning in ways that glorify God.
A Close-Knit Program with a Wide Reputation
Belmont Abbey’s education graduates are heavily recruited for career teaching positions because of the elementary education program’s well-known reputation for quality and excellence. One distinction of our Education bachelor’s degree is the class size: students study in a close-knit cohort of no more than 20 classmates who complete their entire professional sequence (licensure program) together. The merit of a highly individualized environment can be recognized in the quality of learning and application, reflected in the fact that many Elementary Education BA graduates from Belmont Abbey College are hired as teachers during the student teaching experience or shortly following graduation. Additionally, for more than 3 decades the Abbey’s Elementary Licensure Program has maintained a strong reputation with regional and non-regional schools for graduating teachers who are outstanding classroom leaders.
Belmont Abbey College boasts an exceptional education faculty. Our instructors are expert advocates for quality K-12 education. Not only do they have extensive experience as classroom teachers as well as an individual area of educational expertise, they also present regularly at national education conferences and are strong contributors to the body of knowledge in the field. Some are respected educational authors. For example, our department chair, Dr. Sara Davis Powell, is the author of two popular college textbooks, both in the 3rd edition, published by Pearson: Your Introduction to Education and Introduction to Middle Level Education.
Federal and State Compliance
The teacher education program at Belmont Abbey College is fully accredited through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
The Sister Christine Beck Department of Education of Belmont Abbey College is in compliance with Section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act of the United States Department of Education. This act requires Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to report to the federal and state governments as well as to the public. These reports and relevant data are available upon request from the Sister Christine Beck Department of Education Office.
With an elementary education bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a career teaching grades Kindergarten-6th, with 6th grade licensure applying to both elementary and middle level settings. Because of North Carolina’s generous teacher licensure regulations and reciprocity established with other states’ licensing bodies, our education graduates with a K-6 teaching degree may also gain a license to teach at any level K-12 by taking a test in the higher grade’s content area[s].
***Note that counseling, coaching, and administration are totally separate licensure areas. The generosity factor is that teacher candidates may take the exams to add to their teaching licenses, not to a non-teaching career. Of course our program sets students up for graduate school in these areas.
Highlights of your experience:
Elementary Education Resources:
Dr. Sara Davis Powell Chair and Professor of Education
B.S., Southern Nazarene University
M.A., University of Colorado-Denver
Ph.D., University of Colorado-Denver
Dr. Amanda Kloo Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Chatham College
M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Judith McDonald Associate Professor of Education
B.S., University of West Virginia
M.Ed., University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Dr. Melinda Ratchford Associate Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Ed.S., Appalachian State University
Ed.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Dr. Tara Galloway Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Pembroke State University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Lisa ONeill Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina Charlotte
Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University
Benette Sutton Instructor of Education and Director of Student Teaching
B.A., Sacred Heart College
M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Laura Campbell Director of Teacher Education, Charlotte Campus
B.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College
M.Ed., University of South Florida-Fort Myers
Ed.S., Barry University-School of Education
Ed.D., Barry University
Julie Kohlbrenner Lecturer of Education
B.A., University of Florida Gainesville
M.Ed., University of Florida Gainesville