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  • the development of appropriate learning experiences for children in kindergarten through grade six (K-6)

  • prepare for North Carolina teacher licensure
  • learn to make wise and ethical decisions
  • prepare for an elementary teaching career

  • enjoy teaching children
  • like a variety of subjects
  • are an excellent communicator
  • have a creative mind
  • are patient and have a strong character

  • teaching grade school (K-6)
  • counseling
  • coaching
  • school administration

Department Mission:

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.

B.A. in Elementary Education
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.

B.A. in Educational Studies

(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.

Post-Baccalaureate Elementary Education (K-6) Licensure Only

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.

Minor in Education
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.

Elementary Education Resources:

Kappa Delta Pi 

Honor 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.

Curriculum Resource Center

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.

Federal and State Compliance 
The teacher education program at Belmont Abbey College is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its program in teacher education is approved 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.

Faculty:

Dr. Sara Powell – Chair and Professor of Education
B.S., Southern Nazarene University, 1973
M.A., University of Colorado-Denver, 1978
Ph.D., University of Colorado-Denver, 1992

Dr. Amanda Kloo – Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Chatham College, 1998
M.A., Columbia University, 1999
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006

Dr. Judith McDonald – Associate Professor of Education
B.S., University of West Virginia, 1979
M.Ed., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2008

Dr. Melinda Ratchford – Associate Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University, 1969
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1973
Ed.S., Appalachian State University, 1979
Ed.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1990

Dr. Tara Galloway – Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Pembroke State University, 1993
M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2010

Dr. Lisa O’Neill – Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University, 1998
M.Ed., University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 2005
Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University, 2011

Benette Sutton – Instructor of Education and Director of Student Teaching
B.A., Sacred Heart College, 1977
M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1992

Dr. Jeffrey Ford – Lecturer of Education
B.A., Furman University, 1972
M.Ed., University of Oklahoma, 1975
Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1982

Julie Kohlbrenner – Lecturer of Education
B.A., University of Florida – Gainesville, 1997
M.Ed., University of Florida – Gainesville, 1998

Dr. Laura Campbell – Director of Teacher Education, Charlotte Campus
B.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College, 1976
M.Ed., University of South Florida-Fort Myers, 1987
Ed.S., Barry University-School of Education, 1997
Ed.D., Barry University, 2012

Dr. Elaine Sipe – Professor Emerita of Education
B.S., Concordia College, 1964
M.A., Appalachian State University, 1970
Ed.D., North Carolina State University, 1988