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 Elementary Education bachelor’s degree is 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 4th 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-6, with 6th grade licensure applying to both elementary and middle level settings. Because of North Carolina’s generous teacher licensure regulations, our education graduates with a K-6 teaching degree and clear license may also earn a license to teach other content area(s) at a variety of levels by fulfilling additional requirements as stipulated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.