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Program Requirements and Curriculum Elementary Education

The Mid-Atlantic Christian University Elementary Education major (120 semester hours) recommends licensure to the state of North Carolina for any candidate who successfully completes the following MACU requirements:

Academic Requirements:

Successfully completes Mid-Atlantic University General Education courses (See current catalog)

Successfully completes Mid-Atlantic Christian University Biblical Studies minor (See current catalog).

Successfully completes Mid-Atlantic Christian University Elementary Education major courses:
ED 128 Arts in the Classroom
ED 222 Foundations of Education
ED 228 Instructional Technology
ED 237 Praxis Preparation Seminar
ED 239 Practicum I
ED 244 Educational Psychology
ED 328 Teaching Science
ED 329 Teaching Math
ED 337 Children's Literature
ED 339 Practicum II in the Elementary Classroom
ED 431 Classroom Management
ED 432 Principles of Differentiating Instruction
ED 433 Special Needs Students
ED 434 Curriculum in the Elementary School
ED 435 Elementary School Literacy
ED 438 Teacher Preparation Seminar
ED 439 Student Teaching
LI 321 TESOL Materials and Methods

Suggested Sequence of Courses for B.S. in Elementary Education

Any course listed above in which a final grade is less than a 2.0 must be repeated.

Teacher Candidates must have successfully completed the exit exam, an ETS exam called PRAXIS Performance Assessment for Teaching (PPAT) and all coursework with an overall  2.7 GPA or better in order to submit the licensure application to the State Board of Education for approval.

Candidates seeking a NC license must also take the Pearson Foundations of Reading Exam, the General Curriculum: Multi-Subject Exam, and the General Curriculum: Mathematics subtest. It is recommended that these exams be taken prior to graduation.

Always check NC test requirements for the latest information. The tests listed here are accourate at the time of editing this page.

Field Experiences

  • Students must obtain a background check prior to beginning any field experience. Background checks are required by the local school district and the state. Students may complete their applications online on the MACU website.
  • Students must provide evidence of liability insurance prior to being placed in a public school classroom for Practicum II, Partnership, and Student Teaching. Liability insurance is a part of membership with Christian Educators Association International at https://ceai.org/join-renew-update/ for $35 per year, or through NC Association of Educators at https://www.ncae.org/get-involved/student-ncae-sncae/ for $33 per year. 

Practicum I will be observational in nature.  Students are required to complete Thirty (30) total hours in an assigned classroom.

Practicum II will include three weeks of intense work in a public school classroom with an observation-of-teaching component evaluated by the mentor teacher and the university supervisor. A mini version of the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teaching (PPAT) will be completed during Practicum II.  An evaluation will be submitted to the electronic portfolio by both the mentor teacher and the university supervisor. 

Partnership is the third field experience with approximately 300 hours working in a public school classroom. Concurrently, the following courses will be taken:  ED 433 Special Needs Students, ED 434 Curriculum in the Elementary School, ED 431 Classroom Management, ED 432 Differentiating Instruction, ED 435 Elementary School Literacy.  Partnership is unique in its design and extent of experiences and is therefore an intensive, rigorous semester.  It is called Partnership because of the agreements the university has with the school districts to ensure cooperation in giving multiple exemplary experiences for the teacher candidates.  Partnership is usually taken the first semester of the senior year. During Partnership, teacher candidates will complete the required Praxis Performance Assessment for Teaching (PPAT). 

Student Teaching is one-semester long.  A one-credit seminar is required during student teaching.  All coursework must be completed before the student-teaching semester. Again a 2.7 GPA is required.

Electronic Portfolio

Mid-Atlantic Christian University teacher candidates are required to open a program-approved electronic portfolio (In this case TaskStream). The electronic portfolio includes a collection of evidences/artifacts and reflections documenting the candidate’s develop over time.

 

English as a Second Language Endorsement

Teacher candidates who are interested in adding a licensure area to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in public schools may elect to take LI 317 Introduction to Linguistics as their open elective (if it was not taken previously to fulfill general studies elective). This course, in addition to LI 321 TESOL Materials and Methods, which is a required course, will prepare interested candidates for the Praxis exam that leads to licensure in that area. Candidates must complete the teacher preparation coursework for elementary education in order to add this licensure area.