Elementary Education

Contact Us:

Dr. Carol Greene
Program Coordinator
207 Speight Building


Ms. Delaney Swift
Administrative Support Associate
231 Speight Building

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The program checksheets include both your professional courses and your foundations curriculum requirements. On these sheets, the department has identified specific courses you will need to take to complete the foundations curriculum part of your college degree. For example, MATH 2127 (for elementary majors) has been designated as the required math course. The eight hour science requirement is clearly divided between four hours of life science and four hours of physical science, with one of these courses including a lab. Note also that specific courses have been designated to fill the social science part of foundations curriculum, and that there is no foreign language requirement. The ELEM degree outline is very specific as to which courses are part of your program. Throughout your program, you should refer to the catalog when questions arise and ask for clarification whenever you need it.
ELEM 2123

This the department's introductory course which provides a comprehensive exploration of the program, actual practicum experience in a public school classroom, and preparation for admission to Upper Division.

Program Details

Students must pass the PRAXIS I (reading-C-PPST 176; writing - C-PPST 173; C-PPST 173 or have a combined composite score of 522 on all three tests) in order to be admitted to upper division in elementary education. ETS schedules the paper PPST several times during the year. It usually takes 6-8 weeks after the test is taken for scores to be received. The registration booklets are available from the Testing Center, Brewster D-f102. The PRAXIS may also be taken on computer throughout the year. Appointments must be made through the Prometric Testing Center. Students taking the computer-based test version of the PRAXIS know whether they have passed the reading and math portions on the day of the test; however, the official score will be received when the results of the writing test are received. The writing results are received about three weeks after the test date. Passing scores are listed in the Apple Book. Study guides can be purchased at local book stores and description information can be found

It is very important not to postpone taking the Praxis. If for any reason you would need to retake one or more parts of the test, you must allow enough time to attain passing scores prior to the time the student is ready to interview for upper division. Students can take C-PPST only once per calendar month.

Students can be exempt from taking the PRAXIS I or taking parts of the PRAXIS I in the following situations:

Alternate Test Name PRAXIS I Test Name Minimum Score
SAT Composite To be exempt from all three tests. 1100
SAT Verbal To be exempt from PPST - Reading and Writing 550
SAT Math To be exempt from PPST - Math 550
The Writing section of the SAT does not count in any way.

Alternate Test Name PRAXIS I Test Name Minimum Score
ACT Composite To be exempt from all three tests. 24
ACT English To be exempt from PPST - Reading and Writing 24
ACT Math To be exempt from PPST - Math 24

Upper division courses in your program are designated on the program sequence sheets. You must be admitted to upper division in order to enroll in these classes. Requirements for admittance include:

  • a 2.5 GPA
  • successful completion of ELEM 2123
  • adequate individual scores or the composite total score on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) or Computerized PPST (C-PPST) in reading, writing, and math; or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT)
  • demonstrated computer competency
  • an approved upper division essay
  • a formal interview

General upper division policies are identified in your catalog and will be further explained in the ELEM 2123 course.

Academic Concentrations

The academic concentration requirement requires each elementary education student to select an academic concentration identified on the concentration lists. Up to six concentration hours may count for both the concentration and the program checklist. Students should complete concentrations prior to beginning the Senior Year Experience for scheduling reasons.

The Senior Year Experience

During the senior year, students are involved in an intensive public school placement. During Senior I, students spend one day a week with the classroom teacher who will be the internship clinical teacher for Senior II. The Senior I courses on campus will have assignments for the student to carry out while in his or her assigned clinical classroom. During Senior II, the student will complete a semester long internship with that clinical teacher.

The Clinical Schools Network

East Carolina University's teacher education program has established a formal collaboration with various regional public school systems. Representatives (teachers, principals, superintendents) of these school systems are involved in designing and implementing the school-based components of the Senior Year Experience. Clinical teachers who have interns placed in their classrooms have been specially trained as mentors and work closely with the interns' university supervisors.