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King University Accepting Applications Now for New Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program in Elementary Education with Licensure

Elementary Education with LicensureBRISTOL, Tenn., June 26, 2015 – King University is offering a new degree program for working adults who are seeking licensure to teach Elementary Education. King is currently accepting applications for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with K-5 Licensure in the state of Tennessee. The program, which is part of King’s Graduate, Professional, and Online Studies (GPS) programs, will have an August 2015 start date.

The mission of King’s Teacher Education programs are to prepare highly qualified, professional educators who model Christian faith and service, academic and technical competence, and appreciation for diverse abilities and cultures in school, community, and other professional settings.

“We are very excited about this new offering for working adults in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The evening Elementary Education program is designed for students who already have an associate degree in the science of teaching (AST),” says Dr. Cara Anderson, dean of King University’s School of Education. “Many times those who have their AST have intended to continue on to receive their bachelor’s degree and licensure, but were unable to find a program that met their needs. This new program will allow them to achieve their goal while working full-time and become a licensed Elementary Education teacher.”

The new degree program offers the same courses as the traditional degree model at King. Students will meet one night per week on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. “In just five semesters, they will be able to complete the same degree program our traditional students complete,” says Anderson.

The fifth semester will be a full semester of student teaching. A day-time commitment may at first seem to be a roadblock for working adults. We have found that adult students in our programs plan ahead, so that the semester when they are student teaching is not so daunting from a financial standpoint,” Anderson comments. “Throughout the first four semesters, 80% of the courses will be taught in a face-to-face format one night per week; other courses will be delivered in an online format.”

Prior to entering the Interdisciplinary Studies with K-5 Licensure program, students should have already taken and passed Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Prior to student teaching in the fifth semester, students will take the Praxis II exam in content knowledge in Math, Science, History, and English,  a Praxis II test in Teaching Reading, a Praxis II test in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and a Praxis II test in the Principles of Learning and Teaching. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program.

Contact King University’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or for more information on King’s evening GPS degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies with K-5 Licensure in the state of Tennessee.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.