Students must successfully complete the entire Early Childhood program or Elementary Education or Middle Level Education program, including the internship, to graduate with a B.S. in Education. Graduation with a B.S. in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or Middle Level Education program, does not guarantee state certification. In order be certified by the state of South Carolina, candidates must pass all required PRAXIS II series tests and meet all certification requirements.
Students who plan to qualify for certification at the secondary or PK-12 level should major in the academic field for which certification will be sought and minor in Education. Students may prepare for high school certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, or Social Studies (history major). Students may prepare for PK-12 certification in Music or Physical Education. Graduation with a minor in Education does not guarantee state certification. In order be certified by the state of South Carolina, candidates must pass all required PRAXIS II series tests and meet all certification requirements.
Candidates should take EDU 224 and EDU 230 during their freshman year. EDU 232 should be taken during the sophomore year. These classes are prerequisites for all other education courses. All candidates must pass, or exempt, Praxis I reading, writing, and mathematics tests and apply for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to take 300- and 400-level education courses. Additional courses required for the secondary education concentration are EDU 342, EDU 382, EDU 455, EDU 480 EDU 483 and PHE 210. Schedules for otherwise qualified transfer students will be considered on an individual basis. All candidates, regardless of major, complete a minimum of 108 hours of field experience in a public school prior to student teaching.
Explanation of grade levels:
Primary/Kindergarten - 12th grade
Grades PK - 3
Grades 2 - 6
Grades 9 - 12
• Required Professional Education Courses for Early Childhood Education
EDU 224, 230, 232, ECE 233, 240, EDU 300, 341,
ECE 252, 352, EDU 382, ECE 437, 438, 439, EDU 480 and 483.
• Additional Required Courses Above Core Requirements:
ART 372, MAT 222, MUS 370, PHE 255, PHE 210, and SCI 120.
• Recommended Elective Courses:
Option 1: SPA 101, SPA 102, and SPA 105;
Option 2: ELE 221, ELE 353—Leads to add-on certification in ELE.
• In Area C of the Core, candidates must take ENG 251 for C:1, ART 211 for C:2 and MUS 153 for C:3;
• In Area D of the Core, candidates must take BIO 101 for D:1, MAT 221 for D:2 and SCI 110 for D:3;
• In Area E of the Core, candidates must take HIS 122 for E:1, and PSY 120 and SOC 101 or 102 for E:2;
• Required Professional Education Courses for Elementary Education Majors:
EDU 224, 230, 232, ELE 221, EDU 300, 341, ELE 353, EDU 382, ELE 448, 449, 457,
EDU 480 and 483.
ART 372, MAT 222, MUS 370, PHE 255, PHE 210, SCI 120.
• Recommended Courses for Optional Electives:
Option 2: ECE 233, ECE 300, and ECE 437—Leads to add-on certification in ECE.
• In Area E of the Core, candidates must take HIS 122 for E:1, and PSY 120 and GEO 135 for E:2;
• Required Professional Education Courses for Middle Level Education Majors:
EDU 224, EDU 230, EDU 232, EDU 300, EDU 342, EDU 382, EDU 455, EMD 335, EMD 336, EDU 480, and EDU 483.
• Middle Level majors must be highly qualified in English/Language Arts and one other content area. (Math, Science or Social Studies) and therefore will take two middle level methods classes. All majors take EMD 436 and one other course from EMD 437, 438 or 439 depending on the areas of concentration.
• In Area E of the Core, candidates must take HIS 122, SOC 101 and a social science elective
• All majors take the following English/Language Arts classes: ENG 231 or 232, ENG 251, ENG 322, ENG 350, and ENG 458.
• Candidates with a math concentration take: MAT 200, MAT 211, MAT 227, MAT 334, and MAT 335
• Candidates with a science concentration take: BIO 121, CHE 113, SCI 110, and SCI 120.
• Candidates with a social studies concentration take: ECO 210, GEO 135, HIS 111 or 112, HIS 310 and HIS 320.
• Middle Level majors should visit the Education office in 212 McClurg to obtain the appropriate degree planning sheet.
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