Meredith College has a long history of producing quality teachers who are exceptionally prepared to work in classrooms in the state of North Carolina and beyond.
“The education program’s merits are evident in the strengths of Meredith’s graduates,” said Professor of Education Jennifer Olson, who serves as head of the Department of Education. “Meredith’s reputation as a college that produces well prepared teachers has resulted in school systems across the state looking to Meredith College when hiring teachers.”
Meredith teacher education graduates often have job offers even before they finish their student teaching. They are prepared to walk into their classrooms ready to lead. Our graduates tend to remain in education and become leaders in their schools and districts
Graduates of Meredith’s program have received numerous accolades, on the state and national level, for their teaching. Many Meredith alumnae earn awards and accolades in their schools and school systems each year. Meredith alumnae have been recognized as North Carolina Principal of the Year, North Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year, Gilder Lehrman North Carolina History Teacher of the Year, and recipient of the Milken Educator Award, known as the “Oscar” of teaching.
Meredith College’s education program has a unique approach to educating teachers. A Meredith student who plans to become a teacher majors in the field of her choice and, at the same time, pursues a program that leads to teaching licensure. This combination of a college major plus a teacher education program uniquely prepares Meredith graduates to meet the needs of their students.
Meredith is also one five schools selected as partners of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows, an effort to recruit top students for the teaching profession by providing forgivable loans for new teachers who agree to teach in North Carolina in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or special education.
Meredith College offers the following teacher education programs:
•Birth through Kindergarten
•Middle Grades 6-9 in English/language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies
•Secondary 9-12 in English/language arts, mathematics, comprehensive science, social studies
• Specialty Areas in English as a Second Language Spanish, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Family & Consumer Sciences, or Health and Physical Education.
Meredith also offers graduate programs in education. Teachers can earn a Master of Education with specialties in academically and intellectually gifted (AIG), elementary education, English as a second language (ESL), literature, and special education (general curriculum).
Meredith’s Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for people who have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education and are seeking initial N.C. teaching licensure in elementary education, English as a second language (ESL), health and physical education, or special education (general curriculum).