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Daytime Degree Programs: Department of Education at University of Mount Olive

Program Description

The Teacher Education Program provides an integrated academic experience of quality educational programs, a supportive learning environment and individual growth opportunities that promote the total development of the teacher education candidates. Education majors participate in field experiences, which provide students with a structured learning experience and entrance, under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed and experienced teacher to the K-12 classroom beginning in the freshman year and continuing each term until senior internship. The field experience includes observations in the classrooms, one-on-one and small group tutoring, service as an instructional assistant and co-teaching opportunities.

Classes Tailored to You

The Teacher Education program has been envisioned around the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and the 21st century knowledge, skills and dispositions embedded therein. The Professional Studies units are Leadership Development, Facilitation of Learning, Societal Context of Schooling, and Reform and Innovation in Education.

Options for Education Majors

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • Early Childhood Education (B-K)
  • Elementary Education (K-6) 
  • Special Education

Bachelor of Science Degrees (K-12 Licensure)

  • Music Education
  • Health and Physical Education

Bachelor of Science (Secondary-Licensure)

  • Social Studies Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Comprehensive Science Education
  • Agriculture Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Secondary-Licensure)

  • English

Teacher Education Testing Requirements

  • Level I
    SAT 1100 Math and Reading (Writing is not included in this score) or
    ACT 24 Composite
    SAT/ACT Must be verified by Registrar's Office
    Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Undergraduates) - Reading, Writing, Math

  • Level II
    Specialty Area Praxis:
    Social Studies
    Health and Physical Education (K-12)
    Music (K-12)
    Agriculture Education - No Praxis Required
    Elementary Education - Tests must be passed before licensure documents can be submitted
    Special Education - Tests must be passed before licensure documents can be submitted
    Early Childhood Education - Praxis only if candidate wants to teach Kindergarten in NC


Useful Resources

Community College Articulation Agreement for ECE
Community College Articulation Agreement for Agri-Education Concentration A
Community College Articulation Agreement for Agri-Education Concentration B

Opportunities within the Department of Education

Student Teaching Internship

The student teaching internship is scheduled during the senior year. The student teaching internship is a full semester experience of full-time classroom work that proceeds under the daily direction of an assigned clinical teacher appointed by the school system.

Opportunities for Student Involvement

Prospective Teachers Association

Designed to prepare future teacher education majors for the professional arena with discussion topics centered on current trends in the field of education. All education majors participate.

Braswell Scholars

Selected education majors who qualify for the Braswell Scholarship.

Future Educators Association

The Future Educators Association is designed to foster the recruitment and development of prospective educators worldwide through the dissemination of innovative programming and relevant research. The major focus is elevating the image of teaching, while attracting dynamic and diverse students who will become tomorrow’s great educators. Open to sophomore, junior and senior education majors.

Pi Lambda Theta

Pi Lambda Theta is the most selective national honor society of educators. For 100 years, PLT has advocated for accomplished teaching and standards-based professional learning. Membership in PLT is limited to students and professionals who satisfy academic eligibility requirements.


  • Intend to pursue a career in education.
  • Are enrolled in a qualified degree program.
  • Have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have at least a sophomore standing in a baccalaureate degree program.
  • Membership is a distinctive and well-recognized honor allowing those who join to set themselves apart from the crowd. Additionally, PLT provides members with unequaled professional learning opportunities and resources that will help them to start or advance in their education careers.


Braswell Scholarship

The Braswell Teaching Scholarship, funded by the Jessie Dail and Walter Vernon Braswell Scholarship Endowment, provides a scholarship renewable annually up to three years. Scholarship criteria for entering freshmen are these:

  • A 3.2 high school grade point average
  • Top 25% class rank
  • A minimum 1020 SAT
  • Nomination by a high school teacher, principal, or community leader
  • An essay, demonstrating language competency, on a topic determined by the Department of Education
  • An interview with a representative of the Department of Education

The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to major in teacher education; achieves at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average as a freshman and at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average as a sophomore, junior, and senior, with no failing grade at any time; completes at least 30 semester hours each academic year; completes the service component of the Braswell Scholarship; and participates in the activities of the teacher education program, including active membership in the Prospective Teachers Association. The Department of Education, which screens applicants and selects Braswell Scholarship recipients, reviews the performance of Braswell Scholars at the end of each academic year and makes recommendations regarding renewal of funding. Application for a Braswell Teaching Scholarship can be initiated in the Office of Admissions at the Mount Olive location.

What Are Our Graduates Doing Now

Early Intervention Specialists

  • CDSA – Service Coordinators
  • Infant, Toddler and Family Specialist
  • NC Rated License Assessor

Head Start Positions

  • Program Supervisor for County Centers
  • Education Coordinators
  • Center Supervisors
  • Assistant Center Supervisors
  • Lead Teachers
  • Assistant Teachers
  • Migrant Head Start Teachers
  • Migrant Head Start Education Coordinator
  • Family Advocate

Partnership for Children Program Specialists (Smart Start)

  • Executive Director
  • Quality Enhancement Coordinator
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Director
  • Child Care R&R Specialist - School-Age Children
  • Infant-Toddler Family Specialist
  • Early Education Outreach Coordinator
  • Education/Program Specialists
  • Health & Safety Consultant
  • Program Coordinator
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Outreach Coordinator (Parents/Child Literacy Focus)
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Region 3 School-Age Specialist
  • Professional Development Specialist
  • Region 1 Infant Toddler Specialist

N.C. Star-Rating License System (UNC-G for Division of Child Development)

  • Assessor

Child Care Centers

  • Owners and Directors
  • Assistant Directors
  • Lead Teachers
  • Lead Special Education Teacher

More at Four / Pre-K Teachers

  • Public Schools
  • Head Start
  • Private Child Care Centers

Public School Positions

  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistants
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Teachers (K-5)
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Public Schools Preschool Program Itinerant Pre-K Resource Teachers and Preschool Teacher - Exceptional Children's Teachers
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Speech Teacher/Therapist
  • Public School Nurse
  • LEA Testing Coordinator
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Family Life Specialist
  • Media Specialist Assistant
  • In-School Suspension Coordinator

Habilitation Training Specialists

Parents as Teachers Program Specialists

Service Coordination/Developmental Specialist & Mental Health Agency

  • Developmental Day Teacher
  • Education Tech Aide

Department of Social Services

  • Health Services/Child Protective Services Department

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Health Department-Child Service Coordinator/Social Worker

  • Health and Human Services
  • Maternal Care Coordinator

Military Base Family Child Care Coordinator and Trainer

Military Base School-Age Children’s Program Coordinator

Communities in Schools

YMCA Childcare Center

Developmental Teacher I

Four-Year College Positions

Community College Positions

  • Professional Development Coordinators
  • Instructors in Credential Classes, Adult Education & Early Childhood Education
  • Director of Community College Child Development Center  
  • Community College Child Care Teacher

Public Libraries

  • Children’s Librarian Assistant
  • Reach Out & Read Volunteer Coordinator
  • Every Child Ready to Read

Education Coordinator for Boys and Girls Club

Private Businesses

  • Nanny
  • Consultant for the Visually Impaired


Graduate Schools Attended


  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • East Carolina University
  • NC Central University
  • Nova Southeastern
  • Concordia University
  • Shaw University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Ashford University   
  • Gonzaga University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Phoenix
  • Grand Canyon University

Doctoral Programs Attended

  • Walden University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Central Michigan University
  • Shaw University