Program Requirements and Curriculum

The Mid-Atlantic Christian University Elementary Education major 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 major (See current catalog).

Successfully completes Mid-Atlantic Christian University Elementary Education major courses:
ED 128 Arts in the Classroom
CO 201 Introduction to Counseling
ED 222 Foundations of Education
ED 228 Instructional Technology
ED 237 Praxis Preparation Seminar
ED 239 Practicum I
ED 244 Educational Psychology
ED 322 Teaching Reading and Language Arts
LI 321 TESOL Materials and Methods
ED 329 Teaching Math and Science
ED 337 Children's Literature
ED 339 Practicum II
ED 431 Classroom Management
ED 432 Differentiating Instruction
ED 433 Special Needs Students
ED 434 Curriculum in the Elementary School
ED 435 Elementary School Literacy
ED 438 Teacher Prep Seminar
ED 439 Student Teaching

Any course listed above in which a final grade is less than a 2.0 must be repeated.
Teacher Candidates must have completed all coursework with an overall  2.5 GPA or better, and received a passing Praxis II score in order to submit the licensure application to the State Board of Education for approval.

Background Check
All teacher candidates must submit a background check before being able to do any field experiences.

Field Experiences

Practicum I will be observational in nature.  Students are required to complete several assignments.  Thirty (30) total hours with 15 hours in ED 222 and 15 hours in ED 244

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.   Approximately 90 hours are to be completed during the intercession between the fall and spring semester.  Several writing assignments will be completed during these three weeks to ensure the experience is meaningful.  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.  

Student Teaching is one-semester long.  A one-credit seminar is required before starting student teaching.  All coursework must be completed before the student-teaching semester. Again a 2.5 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.

Program Goals
Learning Outcomes
Program Overview and Curriculum
Application Process
Praxis Requirements