Employment of elementary school teachers is projected to grow 12 percent nationwide from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In North Carolina, the projected growth in job openings is even higher—23% from 2010-2020. Potential elementary school teachers in Randolph County can train for these jobs without leaving the county borders through The University Center of Randolph County and Pfeiffer University.
Students who are planning to enroll in the University Center of Randolph County/Pfeiffer University Elementary Education Program next fall should attend an upcoming information session at Randolph Community College. Representatives from Pfeiffer will be on hand to discuss application details, financial aid, and cohort requirements at the session scheduled from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in the Foundation Conference Center on Randolph Community College’s Asheboro Campus.
“This is a meeting for students who have applied to Pfeiffer or who plan to apply soon, or anyone out there with general education credits who would like to train to become an elementary school teacher. These entering students need to have at least 24 college transfer credits, or about 8 classes completed when entering the program this fall,” said Maria LeBaron, RCC Psychology instructor and liaison for the Pfeiffer program.
Pfeiffer University offers several education degrees on Randolph Community College's Asheboro Campus as part of the University Center. The collaborative agreement between Pfeiffer and RCC began in spring of 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. The general education courses are offered through RCC. The major courses are offered through Pfeiffer, and the bachelor’s degree is granted by Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer also offers a Master of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Special Education through the University Center.
RCC classes are taught day, evening or online at RCC tuition. Pfeiffer courses are taught at Pfeiffer tuition. Pfeiffer classes are usually held on Monday nights at the RCC Asheboro Campus and through videoconferencing or online. During the summer, classes may be held on multiple evenings and there are a few semesters when students would have day classes for school observations and student teaching.
For students not yet ready to begin Pfeiffer classes this fall but who are interested in enrolling in the RCC coursework, there will be another information session on Thursday, April 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Foundation Conference Center.
RCC’s Asheboro Campus is located at 629 Industrial Park Avenue. To reach the campus, take the McDowell Road exit off Highway 220 Bypass (I-73/I-74), just south of the interchange with Highways 64 and 49. For more information, contact LeBaron at 336-633-0226 or email her at email@example.com.