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  • 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.

Exceptional Faculty
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 (IHE’s) 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:

Examine of the history and development of literature for children. Explore different types of literature, book selection, evaluation, and elementary resources. Students engage in learning experiences that involve literary criticism, relationships between principles of human development and text interpretation, and applications of course content to teaching practices and curriculum organization.
Delve into topics such as the roles of a teacher, student development, school venues, curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom environments, history of education, legal issues, governance, finance, and the societal context of education today.
Discuss and analyze education in terms of how society influences education and vice versa. Explore the history of the American school experience, as well as the most current trends and issues in American education today.

Elementary Education Resources:

Exemplary students in education are invited to join the Upsilon Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international society promoting excellence in education. Membership is open to honor students who have shown commendable personal qualities, worthy educational ideals, and sound scholarship.
Involvement in KDP provides students with the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other members of the teaching profession, inspires students to strive for individual and professional growth, and encourages them to become active participants in state, regional, and national meetings.
The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) is a resource facility (located in room 112, William Gaston Science Building) that provides a variety of education services for students and faculty. The CRC houses curriculum materials, professional literature, and instructional equipment. It supports the goals and objectives of the Department of Education, which reflect the instructional needs and practices of teachers in elementary schools. The center serves as an active learning environment for students and provides opportunities for examination, production, and evaluation of educational resources.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for acceptance into the degree program, the student must declare the major, have completed at least 12 hours of education coursework, and have on file a cumulative Praxis I score of at least 522, or an SAT score of at least 1100, or an ACT score of at least 24. In addition, a student must have at admission, and maintain throughout the program, a GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than a “C-” in major courses. A student must submit an Application for Admission to the Elementary Education Teacher Licensure Program and must be accepted into the program before beginning the Professional Sequence courses.

Traditional students transferring more than 13 credit hours to Belmont Abbey College are not required to take the First-Year Symposium. Traditional students must complete the Core Curriculum.

Any ADP student who has not previously attended college or has not been enrolled full-time during the past three (3) years must enroll in AD101 Adult to College Transition.

Major requirements: Prerequisites for Professional Sequence

  • ED 300 Introduction to Education
  • ED 303 Children’s Literature
  • ED 305 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • ED 310W Educational Development & Psychology
  • ED 399 Diversity in Education

Before taking any coursework in the Professional Sequence, a student must be accepted in the Elementary Education Teacher Licensure Program.

Professional Sequence: The Professional Sequence is comprised of three (3) distinct semesters (I, II, & III).

Professional Sequence I:

  • ED 400 Classroom Management
  • ED 402 Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • ED 403 Arts Integration

Professional Sequence II:

  • ED 407 Literacy Assessment
  • ED 408 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School
  • ED 409 Teaching Science in Elementary School
  • ED 410 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School

Professional Sequence III:

  • ED 471 Student Teaching Seminar
  • ED 475 Student Teaching

Other courses

Recommendation for Licensure

Upon completion of all program requirements, including those summarized below, a student is eligible for recommendation for teacher licensure in North Carolina. Recommendation for licensure in other states is subject to the laws and requirements of those states, and compliance with those regulations is the responsibility of the student. The process for recommendation for licensure is explained in the Student Teaching Handbook.

To receive Belmont Abbey College’s recommendation for licensure in North Carolina a student must:

  • Complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  • Achieve NC passing scores on the appropriate PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exams.
  • Pass an Exit Portfolio review.
  • Receive the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Education and of the Licensure Officer.
  • Receive the recommendation of the student teaching supervisors (IHE and LEA) and the designated LEA official responsible for LEA coordination of the senior-year student-teaching experience (Form IHE-01b).
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Complete all necessary application materials, obtain official transcripts and pay any required state licensure fee(s).

Federal and State Compliance:

The Elementary Education Teacher Licensure Program at Belmont Abbey College is fully accredited by 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 (IHE’s) 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.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

(This option is available for Adult Degree Program students only.) To be eligible for acceptance into the degree program, the student must declare the major and have completed at least 9 hours of education coursework. The student must complete 30 hours of required major coursework, including an internship, with a minimum grade of “C” in each. Any ADP student who has not previously attended college or has not been enrolled full-time during the past three (3) years must enroll in AD101 Adult to College Transition. In addition to the other Core Curriculum requirements, the following are specific core requirements:

Major requirements:

  • ED 300 Introduction to Education
  • ED 303 Children’s Literature
  • ED 305 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • ED308 Perspectives in Education
  • ED 310W Educational Dev. and Psychology
  • 300-400 Level Psychology or Sociology course
  • BU315W Business Communication
  • ED 399 Diversity in Education
  • ED 460 Internship and Seminar

Other Courses

  • General elective hours (Education recommends that Educational Studies majors pursue a minor.) 37-40 hours

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may apply to pursue a program of study leading to teacher licensure in elementary education (K-6). Following an evaluation of the individual’s previous academic transcripts, a specific program will be developed appropriate to the student’s academic background and experience. Students enrolled in licensure-only programs of study must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours of coursework (not including student teaching) at Belmont Abbey College. The education course requirements for the elementary licensure only program are the same as those for degree-seeking students. Recommendation for Licensure: same as for non-Post-Baccalaureate students.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all requirements for teacher licensure are fulfilled.

For students not pursuing a major in elementary education but who are interested in the study of education, an education minor is available. A student interested in pursuing a minor in education must formally apply to the Department of Education for approval and complete 15 hours within the department with a grade of a “C” or better. Five of the following six courses are required for a minor:

  • ED 300 Introduction to Education
  • ED 303 Children’s Literature
  • ED 305 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • ED 308 Perspectives in Education
  • ED 310W Educational Development and Psychology
  • ED 399 Diversity in Education

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all requirements for teacher licensure are fulfilled.

 

Faculty:

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 O’Neill – 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