Academic Spotlight: Teacher Education at Meredith

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.
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 College offers the following teacher education programs:

  • Birth through Kindergarten
  • Elementary K-6
  • Middle Grades 6-9 in or English/language arts, math, science, or social studies
  • Secondary 9-12 in or English/language arts, math, 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), reading 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 for K-6, English as a second language (ESL) for K-12, or special education (general curriculum) for K-12.

The teacher preparation program’s merits are evident in the strengths of Meredith’s graduates. Meredith graduates enjoy consistent success as teachers, with 100% job placement for the last two years among graduates who sought teaching positions. 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.

Graduates of Meredith’s program have received numerous accolades, on the state and national level, for their teaching.

Many Meredith alumnae earn Teacher of the Year awards in their schools and school systems each year. North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year in 2010-11 was a Meredith alumna, and a Meredith alumna was the recipient of the Milken Educator Award, known as the “Oscar” of teaching, in 2012.

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