Southeast’s education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This national accreditation and Southeast’s strong program requirements and reputation offer our graduates enhanced opportunities when searching for and obtaining employment nationwide.


An Elementary Education graduate will be qualified to teach grades one through six. An area of concentration is required in one of the following areas:

  • Art
  • Foreign Languages (French, German, or Spanish)
  • Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

A student can extend their teaching qualifications with a concentration in early childhood or exceptional child education. 

Southeast’s education program differs from that of many other universities by providing you with extensive field experience, beginning with first-hand classroom training and observation during your freshman year and continuing through student teaching during your senior year.

As a student in Southeast’s education program, you will receive a full semester of on-the-job student teaching experience, as opposed to the traditional eight or nine weeks of training, thus better preparing you for a career in education. You will also have the opportunity to personally experience another culture’s educational system through international student teaching programs.

Southeast’s education program’s unique block format, in addition to providing increased professional experience, allows you to meet other students with your major early on, thus enabling you to form common bonds and establish professional relationships with others in your field.


Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program:

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