The off-campus Elementary Education undergraduate degree at Appalachian

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Whether you’re a pre-service or in-service elementary teacher, Appalachian State University’s Elementary Education undergraduate degree program offered through Distance Education provides a robust combination of academic and field experiences to prepare you to make significant contributions to the field of education.

This flexible program offers full- and part-time options. Successful completion of this Elementary Education undergraduate degree program prepares you for a rewarding new career and leads to North Carolina state licensure in elementary education, teaching grades K-6.

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Degree details

Program format

Full-time option

  • Four-to-five courses per semester, spring and fall
  • Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full time in a classroom setting
  • Completion time: 2.5 years

Part-time option

  • Two-to-three evening courses per semester
    • Two-to-three nights/week in fall/spring, two nights/week in summer
  • Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full time in a classroom setting
  • Completion time: 3.5 years

Admission requirements

The following criteria are required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 128 hours by the end of the program.

Our convenient Pre-Application Evaluation form (watch our video to learn more) will help you determine how your previous coursework satisfies program entrance requirements.

Before entry, applicants who have met Appalachian's General Education requirement – with one of the following math courses: MAT 140, 143, 161, 165, 171, 172, 175, 263, 271, or 272 – will be given admission preference.

Additional courses required for entry

  • Expository Writing R C 1000 (ENG 111 at a NC community college)
  • College transferable math (Ex: MAT 140, 143, 161, 165, 171, 172, 175, 263, 271, or 272 at a NC community college)

Program requirements

  • In addition to the courses delivered by Appalachian, you must complete the following Second Academic Concentrations (SAC) for Elementary Education licensure:
    • Social Studies

NOTE: May be completed before entry, or by a specified point in the Appalachian program through dual-enrollment.


County Location Semester Start Application Deadline
Caldwell (full-time) Appalachian Center at Caldwell Fall July 1
Catawba (part-time) Appalachian Center at Hickory Fall July 1

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.

Hear from an Alumnus

Katrina O Donnell

“The education program at Appalachian prepared me to create standards-based lessons that are engaging for my students. It also taught me how to differentiate within those lessons to reach all students. With the diversity of children in my classroom this year, it was very helpful to have had extensive research-based materials to refer back to from my time in the program.”

- Katrina O’Donnell ‘15