The School of Education at North Carolina Central University offers a full online program in Elementary Education Program with a concentration in literacy. Although the program was originally designed the Teacher Assistant to Teacher Professional pathway, (TA2TP), for teacher assistants and instructional assistants returning to school to obtain their bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, it is open to any student want to complete their elementary education program fully online.

Students in the Elementary Education Program are involved a rigorous program of study, which integrates content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy.  Students are prepared to work in diverse cultural contexts through extensive field experiences, courses assignments, and required assessments for licensure. The literacy concentration prepares students for teaching and assessing literacy and language concepts for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Students are exposed to a broad range of literacy concepts including reading foundations, reading comprehension, integration of reading and writing across the curriculum, and assessment of literacy skills.  The degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in literacy prepares students for teaching in public traditional and charter elementary schools and leads to an initial K-6 teaching license in the state of North Carolina.

Four-Year Curriculum Plan

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The Elementary Education Online Program has a curriculum that includes 120 – 124 credit hours, to which transfer credit for equivalent courses can be applied. Students can choose full-time or part-time enrollment.  Included in the curriculum are the components below.

  • Comprehensive Program of Study
  • Maintain a cumulative7 Grade Point Average
  • Courses provided 100% online
  • Courses work that prepares them for diverse cultural contexts
  • Field experiences integrated in all professional studies and methods courses (K-6)
  • Access to an academic advisor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department
  • Access to support for taking all required assessments NCCU Teacher Education Program (e.g., Praxis Core, Pearson Foundations in Reading, Praxis Mathematics, edTPA)
  • Guidance for licensure process through the NCCU Licensure Officer and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction) to secure a NC A-level teaching certificate (Elementary Education K-6)

The Elementary Education Online Program provides pathways for several programs in the Teacher Education Program at NCCU, including students enrolled in the traditional elementary education pathway with literacy as the concentration and Teacher Assistant to Teacher (TA2TP) pathway. Once students earn their Bachelors of Arts and receive their A-Level Licensure, they can become employed by any school district in North Carolina in K-5 schools as well as sixth grade.  Additionally, with their BA, students can apply for graduate programs in education at NCCU, including the Masters of School Administration, Masters of Arts in Teaching (Special Education in General Curriculum, Adaptive Curriculum, and Visual Impairment, Blind and Visually Impaired Orientation with a concentration in mobility).

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour

*Please note: Tuition & Fees are subject to change*

The Elementary Education Online Degree Program (Literacy) follows the University’s polices for admission.  

Admission to the Teacher Education Program:

Students are eligible for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a state requirement, if the student completes:

  • Praxis Core Composite Score of 468 or waive taking Praxis Core with an SAT Score of 1100 or ACT Score of 24
  • GPA of 2.7
  • Cs or Better in English 1100, 1210, and MSCM 1250
  • TEP Application (submitted in Taskstream)
  • NCCU Unofficial Transcript
  • Disposition Self-Assessment
  • Copy of Plan of Study
  • Field Experience Tracking Form

Field experiences and student teaching requirement must be completed in NC


May 1st – Summer Admission deadline

July 15th – Fall Admission deadline

November 15th – Spring Admission deadline

Dr. Gregory Downing

Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator, Elementary Education

H.M. Michaux, Jr., School of Education Building

North Carolina Central University

Office # 2090, Second Floor

H.M. Michaux, Jr. Building

700 Cecil Street

Durham, North Carolina 27707

Phone: 919-530-7842

Email Address:

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Program Summary