Thayer School of Education

Lloyd and Georgia Thayer School of Education
Wingate University’s Teacher Education Program is designed to meet the North Carolina Competencies and Guidelines for Approved Teacher Education Programs. More specifically, the Thayer School of Education partners with various departments in the university to deliver programs in teacher education. Wingate’s Thayer School of Education Teacher Education Program offers the following nine majors:
Art and Education (ending May 2016)
Biology and Education
Elementary Education
English and Education
Health and Physical Education
Mathematics and Education
Middle Grade Education
Music Education
Social Studies Education

Add-On Licensure Areas:
    Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG); add-on to any education major
    Chemistry (add-on to Biology)
    Reading (add-on to Elementary Education)

The Teacher Education Program components provide the framework for the student to become an Effective Facilitator of Learning (Conceptual Framework).

An Effective Facilitator of Learning is one who applies content and skills to design curriculum and create an effective learning environment guided by research and reflection. Click here to learn more about the goals of the conceptual framework.

Each education class has a field experience component that provides students opportunities to work with students in various capacities, from observing to participating and teaching.
Graduate Opportunities
Wingate University offers graduate and licensure programs in teaching and administration, elementary education, educational leadership, physical education, sport administration and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. All programs are in line with North Carolina’s 21st Century education standards. Click here to learn more about Wingate’s graduate and licensure programs.
Wingate University now offers a Master of Arts in Elementary Education 4 +1 program. Click here for more information.

Admission Requirements


Wingate alum Stephanie Cronenberg stated, "As a music education major, and perhaps as any education major, there is a strong perception that the only career path available is teaching in the K-12 classroom.  We certainly need strong teachers in the classroom and I applaud all of the education majors who choose this path (as I did for a brief time); however, my time at Wingate taught and encouraged me to carve my own path and apply my skills in previously untested ways. This is by far the strongest lesson I learned at Wingate and one that has enabled me to build my career in line with my personal professional goals and objectives.  The path I have taken is far from ordinary, but my current position as the Director of Education and Community Programs at the Choral Arts Society of Washington unites many of my primary interests while enabling me the freedom to give back to the Wingate community and publish original work."
Dr. Sarah Harrison-Burns, Dean

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Classes of Interest
All education majors, regardless of specialization, take some of the following courses in teacher education:

Introduction to Education
Foundations of Education
Educational Psychology
Special Education
Title II
Important Documents
Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE)
What Is It? 
The purpose of the SNCAE is to help you make a smooth transition from the campus to the classroom – to give you the edge as a teacher in those first years.  SNCAE is an organization for students in undergraduate and graduate education programs.  It is affiliated with the North Carolina Association of Educators and the National Education Association.
What Can It Do For Me?
Membership can help you enter the teaching profession with confidence and enthusiasm, using the friendships, leadership skills and experience you’ve gained as a member.
Field Experiences
Research Projects
Speed Reading and Comprehension:  An Investigative Study, Honors Research Project/Presentation, Student Researcher:  Jennifer Edenfield, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Harrison-Burns
The Theology and Use of Sacred World Music in the Typical American Protestant Church during the Advent Season, Student Researcher: Brian Hehn, Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kenney Potter
Implementing Intervention Strategies with Struggling Reader, Student Researcher: Ashley Keefer, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rebekah Kelleher
Life Lessons from Cinderella:  Why Fairy Tales Deserve a Place at the Core of Curriculum, Student Researcher: Rachel Butler Hibbard, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Harrison-Burns

Progressivism in the 21st Century Elementary School: Is John Dewey Relevant Today?, Student Researcher: Heather Leonall, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rebekah Kelleher
Career Opportunities
Organizational/Industrial Trainer
Textbook Representative
Staff Development Trainer
Religious/Christian Education
Our Graduates

Dr. John Jones - Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Programs of Union County Public Schools

Jessica Blanchard – Principal of Matthews Elementary in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Chris Horne – Assistant Principal of Parkwood High School of Union County Public Schools

Dr. Jonathan Tyson – Principal of Piedmont High School of Union County Public Schools

Stephanie Cronenberg – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Living with Tenure:  Gender/Sexuality Race/Ethnicity in Canadian Post-Secondary Music, Campus Middle School for Girls

Russell Booker ‘91 – 2014 Superintendent of the Year for South Carolina

Katie Mower ‘08 – Works for the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital as adult volunteer development specialist in Washington, DC

Dr. Kevin Plue ‘11 – Principal of the year (2014) for Union County Public Schools

Adam Auerbach ‘11 – Principal of the year (2014) for Cabarrus County Public Schools

Carrie Tulbert ’11 – 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year

James Elliott Ford ’14 – 2014 Teacher of the Year for North Carolina

Dr. Cindy Goodman – a member of our very first EDD cohort in Matthews, was recently named Superintendent of Schools for Richmond County.