WCU’s Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten offers a licensure program, the Professional Education Concentration, in birth-kindergarten education to potential teachers in North Carolina by providing a distance education option for students in rural regions. The instructional delivery system includes courses taught through online instruction. The program will be ongoing with two admission deadlines throughout the year with fall and spring semester "starts" each year. The 72-hour program Professional Education Concentration (NC licensure) may be completed in seven to nine semesters (2 years) depending on the number of semester hours a student enrolls in each year. Students may choose to attend part-time or full-time depending on their specific degree requirements and the course offerings.
Total Credits Required
120 Semester Credit Hours
Admission to the B-K program requires completion of an A.A. or A.A.S. degree or 44-hour core requirements and a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA. The B.S. in B-K program requires 72 semester credit hours of study in the Professional Education Concentration beyond the 44-hour university core.
Students can transfer 12 semester hours of community college courses into the Birth-Kindergarten degree.
A no-cost online tutorial service is available to WCU distance learners that provides assistance in strengthening writing skills and supports the understanding and acquisition of academic content. This program is different than the early childhood track because students who choose the professional education option are interested in possibly teaching kindergarten or public school Pre-K. They take & must pass the Praxis I and they do two semesters of internship. Except for the internship, the coursework is identical to that of early childhood.