“The Department of Elementary Education is a motivating program to develop the minds of younger children today. It works really hard with Chowan students, so students may show off their knowledge and skills. Most importantly, you are given the chance to work first-hand with elementary students before you even graduate.”  - Deja Spruill, Elementary Education graduate

Welcome to Elementary Education

Chowan University’s School of Education is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and service, and works one-on-one to achieve this goal in every Education student! Chowan is small enough to make this a reality, with faculty and advisors checking on their students and the progress they have made regularly to make sure they achieve their individual goals. Teachers can help students overcome any difficulties they may encounter, attesting to last year’s 100% passing rate of our Elementary Education majors taking the Praxis II exam!

Elementary Education students are specifically trained through course work and field work to develop professional and leadership skills for use in elementary schools – Kindergarten through 6th grade.

One of the main ways Chowan University’s School of Education distinguishes itself from others’ programs is our partnerships with area public schools allowing Education majors to:

Gain and hone skills in real world experiences
Respond to a variety of elementary students’ needs
Learn the art of working with parents, other teachers and the community
Build a strong resume before you even graduate!

Another way Chowan goes beyond the classroom to distinguish the School of Education program is through our top-notch resources, among which are:

TaskStream Electronic Portfolios
Blackboard Online Systems
Advanced Smart Classrooms
Campus-Wide Wireless Internet Access
On-campus Evaluation Exams
Model Teacher Education Consortium
Eligibility to Apply for NC Licensure Upon Graduation

The Whitaker Library on the Chowan campus houses the Education department’s Instructional Materials Center which contains current state-adopted textbooks in licensure areas, curriculum guides, thematic activity books, children’s Big Books, maps and globes, and other professional books and resources stressed by Chowan’s Education program for developing effective teachers.

All elementary education majors must successfully complete the University and School of Education requirements and pass the Foundations of Reading Test and the General Education Test as required for North Carolina Teaching Licensure.

View the Elementary Education (K-6), BS degree requirements.




Ella Benson, EdD
Associate Professor of Education; Dean, School of Education
Russell Johnson
Assistant Professor of Education
Carolyn Modlin, EdS
Professor of Education, Disability Services Coordinator
Jayne Wolfskill, MEd
Assistant Professor of Education Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Fieldwork Coordinator


Phyllis J. Broughton, EdD
Adjunct Instructor in Education
Gail C. Wade, MSA
Adjunct Instructor in Education
Valerie Williams O’Kelly, EdD
Adjunct Instructor in Education
Gretchen Zoch, MEd
Adjunct Instructor in Education