Elementary Education, B.A.

Elementary Education, B.A.
63 Credit Hours
Admits: Summer
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Program Tabs


Elementary Education is a rich and diverse field that allows educators to experience the joy of seeing a child learn something for the very first time, every day of the week. Elementary school teachers have an opportunity to impact children at a crucial time in their development, setting a foundation for success that will serve them for the rest of their lives. 

The UNC Charlotte Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Elementary Education is designed to train students to educate children from Kindergarten to Grade 6. In the process of earning this degree, students will learn how schools are organized, how children grow and develop, the skills necessary to plan and teach a standard elementary curriculum, strategies for working with diverse groups of students, processes for the evaluation of students' academic progress, and how to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Teacher Assistants (TA) to Teachers program at UNC Charlotte offers a subprogram designed to train TA’s to become Teachers. The program is specifically crafted to assist adults, currently working as North Carolina K-5 TA’s, to engage in coursework that will lead towards eligibility for an Initial Professional Educator's License in K-6 Elementary Education. The TA to Teacher program is designed to be completed in two years.

Students can expect instruction that is a mix of asynchronous and synchronous 100% online courses. The program admits one cohort a year in Summer. If you are interested in inquiring about or starting the program in Summer, please navigate to the Admissions and Requirements page for more information including pre-admissions transcript reviews.


Undergraduate Admissions Application Deadline:

  • February 1, 2024

Admissions & Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the TA to Teachers program, candidates must meet the following minimum admission eligibility requirements:

  • Completed undergraduate admissions application and fee.
    • NOTE: If you are a former UNC Charlotte Student, please complete a Readmission Application and not an Undergraduate Admissions Application.
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree completed by May 2024 at the latest*.
  • Transcripts demonstrating a grade of C or above in EDUC 1511 and SPED 2100. (If you have not completed these courses, you will be given an alternative online option prior to the start of the program.)
  • A recommendation from a Principal/ Administrator on official school letterhead.
  • Passing Praxis Core Scores.
  • Currently working as a North Carolina K-5 Teacher Assistant

*Transfer and General Education Requirements

  • Associate degrees earned at out-of-state schools are not guaranteed to transfer to the TA to Teacher path. We will evaluate your associate degree and all transfer credit once you submit your application, application fee, and all transcripts. If your associate degree does not transfer, you must meet (or complete) the UNC Charlotte general education requirements prior to admission to the TA to Teachers program.
  • If you do not have a completed Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree by May 2024, we recommend that you reach out to a local community college to finish the degree. We are happy to work with you if you are in this process.

Step 1: Submit Request for Information Form
Please fill out and submit the "For More Program Information" form. An Enrollment Specialist will reach out to discuss the program and admissions process. 

Step 2: Pre-Admission Transcript Review
After speaking with an Enrollment Specialist, you will need to share your unofficial transcripts for preliminary review. The program director will then reach out to discuss your eligibility to apply to the program.

Step 3: Apply for admission to UNC Charlotte
After you have spoken with the Program Director and are prepared to apply, start by completing a university application.

New Student to UNC Charlotte
Deadline: February 1 (Please note: Applications open in August)
Students with associate degrees are considered transfer students. Apply as a transfer student to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  • Create an account.
  • Choose “Education: Elem. Ed. for Teacher Assistants” for your program
  • Complete the application.
  • Provide all official post-secondary transcripts.
  • Application fee must be paid for your application to be processed.


Returning Student to UNC Charlotte
Deadline: February 1
Students who have not been enrolled for 12 consecutive months after the semester last attended at UNC Charlotte will need to apply for readmission to the University. Apply as a returning student to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  • Choose "Education: Elementary K-6" for your program
  • Choose "Summer I 2024" as your start term
  • Attach your principal letter of recommendation and Praxis Core scores at the end of the application as additional items
  • Complete the application
  • Provide all official post-secondary transcripts
  • Application fee must be paid for your application to be processed


Admissions Decisions:

  • Students who receive an admissions or readmission decision regarding admittance or denial to the university will be notified by Admissions or the Registrar directly.
  • If admitted to the university, you will receive additional communication from the Program Director about your next steps to gain acceptance to the TA to Teacher program.

Participants will complete 60-hours of coursework within the B.A. in Elementary Education program, which includes one semester of student teaching. Classes may be offered full-term (16 weeks), or part-of-term (8 weeks). The program is designed to span the course of two years. Students take 6 credits in fall (part-time), 6 credits in spring (part-time) and 12 credits in summer to attain the required total of 60 credit hours. The online delivery will consist of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery of content via Canvas.

Summer First Half: (May - June)

  • ELED 3120: The Elementary School Child (3)
  • ELED 3292: Theories and Practice for Equity in Urban Education (3)

Summer Second Half: (July  - August)

  • ELED 3111: Instructional Design and Assessment in Elementary Education (3)
  • MATH 1340: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3)

Fall: (August - December)

  • First Half - ELED 3226: Teaching Language Arts to Elementary School Learners (3)
  • Second Half - MAED 3222: Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Grades K-2 3 (3)
  • Full Semester - READ 3224: Teaching Foundational Literacy Skills (3) (Formerly Teaching Reading to Primary Level Learners)

Spring: (January - May)

  • READ 3226: Teaching Reading to Intermediate Grade Learners (3)
  • MAED 3224: Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Grades 3-6 (3)

Summer First Half: (May - June)

  • ELED 3221: Teaching Science to Elementary School Learners (3)
  • READ 4161: Assessment, Design, and Implementation of Classroom Reading Instruction (3)

Summer Second Half: (July  - August)

  • ELED 3223: Teaching Social Studies and Diversity (3)
  • ELED 4220: Instructional Planning for Diversity in the Elementary School Classroom (3)

Fall: (August - December)

  • ELED 4121: Assessment and Instructional Differentiation in the Elementary School Classroom (3)
  • ELED 4122: Creating an Effective Environment in the Elementary School Classroom (3) 

Spring: (Student Teaching) (January - May)

  • ELED 4420: Student Teaching/Seminar: K-6 Elementary Education (15)
  • EDUC 4290: Modification Instruction for Learners with Diverse Needs (3)

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $189.48 per credit hour
  • $11,937.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • Not Applicable


  • $800.40 per credit hour
  • $50,425.00 est. program cost