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NC State University vs. UNC

hls510hls510 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited November 2007 in College Search & Selection
I plan to transfer next year for my sophomore year from UNC Charlotte and I would like to know if anyone knows anything about the elementary education programs at NC State or UNC.
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Replies to: NC State University vs. UNC

  • chaoseschaoses Registered User Posts: 1,039 Member
    what major are you planning to be in? UNC (chapel hill) overall is a more well-rounded school.
  • hls510hls510 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    i'm planning to major in elementary education, and i was just wondering if one school's program might be better than the other.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,305 Senior Member
    Is it really worth it to transfer, particularly if Charlotte is your home area? As was stated on another thread, the principals who hire teachers aren't terribly preoccupied with where their candidates received their B.A. in education.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 10,001 Super Moderator
    In my opinion, it's worth it. UNCC doesn't have nearly the school spirit/social scene of either school, and the academics aren't as strong (harsh but true). As a resident of Charlotte for 20+ years, I'd add that it's not exactly a great college town, and it's NOT somewhere you want a teaching job. More to the point, there is very little difference in cost between UNCC and State, although Carolina is more expensive.

    Are you a teaching fellow? If you are, or if cost isn't a concern, I'd lean toward Carolina. Like chaoses, I think it would give you a more well-rounded education, which is important for elementary ed.
  • PackMomPackMom Registered User Posts: 7,667 Senior Member
    I would think you would be best served by taking a trip to both schools and checking out the College of Education at each and see which you like the most. I'm not sure how one would provide a more well rounded education than the other. Most elementary education programs at state universities would probably be fairly similiar.

    I agree that Charlotte is not a great college town nor is UNCC a school with a lot of school spirit. I know because I have both attended UNCC and lived in Charlotte.

    You might also want to consider ECU....known for it's education dept. and lots of school spirit.
  • northeastmomnortheastmom Registered User Posts: 12,379 Senior Member
    Have you seen the School of Education at UNC-W? It was recently built and it looked just amazing. I heard from students on campus that the School of Education is pretty strong.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,305 Senior Member
    I've read very, very positive things about the Education Department at East Carolina University. Also, I was impressed by UNC-Wilmington when I visited a couple of years ago. Comprehensive cirriculum.
  • orjrorjr Registered User Posts: 430 Member
    My two nephews - one a junior and one a graduate at UNC-W - have loved the school. The rigor has increased dramatically over the last decade and school spirit is good.

    Many of my family members (over 200 teaching years combined in Charlotte) would DEFINITELY agree that Charlotte-Mecklenburg may NOT be where you want to sign on as a teacher!
  • candacecandace Registered User Posts: 469 Member
    What is the problem with teaching in the Charlotte area? My daughter is considering going to school in Charlotte. And she will be an elementary school major.
  • orjrorjr Registered User Posts: 430 Member
    Going to school in Charlotte and teaching there for a career are very different things. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system has had a rough past few years trying many different ways to improve the school system. Have your daughter talk to some current teachers and ask the questions that are important to her. It might be a wonderful place to get an education and some experience (ie student teaching) but may not be the place she'd like to establish her career - much depends on what she finds important in a work environment.
    Also - if she is thinking about teaching in other states and knows where - she can investigate license reciprocity before she makes up her mind on where to get her training. State teaching license rules can be surprisingly different - if the state(s) she feels she might want to live in have reciprocity with NC, then she may love getting her training there.
  • catfishincatfishin - Posts: 207 Junior Member
    agreed....UNCW is a strong choice as well...so take a look and see. I know someone at NCState majoring in Education and English and he loves it! Both State and Carolina are BIG schools so be prepared for a culture shock.

    Carolina carries a stronger reputation out of state, but in state its a toss up...and as for the teaching profession I dont think it really matters. In teaching its all about your core competency to teach and inspire kids.....not where you went to school. My D's BEST teacher in all of her 13 plus years of school before going off to college was a man who taught AP US History in the public schools and he went to a small West Virginia College and then Wake for his M.A. He was absolutely the most amazing teacher she ever had and is still friends with him.

    And then there is sports. You are either a Wolfpack fan or a Tarheel. There is NO in between! LOL.

    Good luck.
  • PackMomPackMom Registered User Posts: 7,667 Senior Member
    You got that right catfishin...go Pack!
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