Education programs of study

Add-on Licensure Programs (AIG and School Administration)

Wingate University offers two add-on licensure programs. If you are interested in working with gifted and talented students, the Academically and Intellectually Gifted add-on program is for you. Our add-on licensure for school administration is designed to prepare teachers who hold a master’s degree in education and a North Carolina “M” license to become principals.

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Elementary Education K-6 (M.A.T./M.A.Ed)

Wingate University offers two master’s level programs for Elementary Education teachers. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in any content area but who do not hold a teaching license. The Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education provides advanced study for Elementary Education teachers who already have an initial licensure.

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Higher Education Executive Leadership (Ed.D and Ed.S.)

The Doctor of Education in Higher Education Executive Leadership program is designed for current teachers and administrators who want to become community college, four year college, and university executives and leaders.

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Educational Leadership (M.A.Ed.)

The oldest of the graduate degree programs, Wingate University serves students who are pursuing advanced degrees in teaching and leadership. Recognizing that the majority of our students are working adults, classes meet either on weekends or weeknights on the Wingate  campus. Small group, discussion-focused classes ensure individual attention from faculty who are active within the profession. 

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Adult Bachelor's Degree

If you’d like to start or complete your college career as an adult, our program is designed for you.

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School Superintendency (Ed.D./Ed.S.)

Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for current school administrators who want to become a school superintendent or central office administrator.

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Educational Studies

The Educational Studies major is non-licensure interdisciplinary major with an emphasis on educational foundations and liberal arts.  It offers students an opportunity to pursue interests and careers related to education, but not necessarily K-12 teaching. Students have the option to take interdisciplinary coursework related to one of several concentrations (Humanities, Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Science),  

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Health and Physical Education Grades K-12

Our courses take you beyond theory and into the classroom and onto the playing field. Your coursework prepares you to:

  • Acquire scientific and theoretical concepts to teach physical education
  • Teach fundamental motor skills
  • Teach nutrition and how to prevent obesity
  • Develop skills and competencies in multiple sport and leisure activities

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Teacher Education

The Thayer School of Education offers initial licensure programs that prepare our students to face the challenges of 21st-century education by providing a comprehensive and hands-on experiential approach as outlined in our Conceptual Framework.  These programs include:

  • Undergraduate programs in Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades 6-9, Secondary Education 9-12
  • Post-baccalaureate for Residency Teachers in Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades 6-9, and Secondary Education 9-12

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