Find Campus and Online South Carolina Teaching Degree Programs

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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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In addition to earning a baccalaureate degree, teachers in South Carolina must also complete a designated number of semester hours in undergraduate courses depending what grades they want to teach.

Continue reading for an overview of some of the teaching programs offered in a few South Carolina colleges and universities.

  • 271 teaching programs in South Carolina accredited by CAEP
  • 161 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • 92 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in South Carolina

South Carolina has relatively specific coursework requirements. The University of South Carolina serves as an example of what prerequisite classes are asked of undergraduates that major in education and work towards a Bachelor's degree.

  • Classroom technology inquiry
  • Community service learning
  • Schools in communities
  • Diversity of learning
  • Classroom assessment
  • Exceptional children

Requirements to Teach in South Carolina

Teacher certification programs usually include a seminar on classroom skills and educational theory and a student teaching fieldwork component. Competency in basic skills is demonstrated by passing the Pre-Professional Skills Test before entering a teacher preparation program. Subject area competency is assessed with the Praxis II: Subject Tests and Principles of Learning and Teaching tests.

The initial teaching certificate for South Carolina is valid for three years and is renewable. During that time, teachers must pass the appropriate Praxis PLT exams and be a participant in the formal teacher evaluation system of the state to advanced to the professional certificate that is renewable every five years.

In areas of critical teacher shortage, South Carolina provides a path for eligible candidates not having met the certification requirements to teach in an area of criteria shortage. These candidates have a minimum of two years of experience in post-secondary work and are employed by a South Carolina public school for the area of the shortage. They are issued a Critical Needs Teaching Certificate that is valid for a year and renewable twice.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Learning has an extensive list of scholarships and grants available to South Carolina residents.

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is merit-based and recognizes talented high school seniors. The awards are meant to encourage attendance at a South Carolina college. Half of the scholarship is awarded in the fall and the other in the spring. It is to be applied to the cost of attendance. Continued eligibility allows funding for up to eight full-time terms towards a Bachelor's degree at an eligible South Carolina four-year institution.

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

Resident status is not granted to a student who resides in South Carolina for the main purpose of enrollment in a college or university. A non-resident is presumed to be a non-resident during attendance at the institution unless qualified for a residency provision.

The student has to provide proof to assert his or her domicile is established in South Carolina. Showing the intent to become a resident of the state may include:

  • Proof of full-time employment
  • Designation of South Carolina as the legal state of resident on military records
  • Possession of a valid state driver's license
  • South Carolina registration of all vehicles solely or partially owned by the student
  • Maintain an established and current South Carolina domicile
  • Pay South Carolina income taxes as a resident of the state
  • Ownership of a principal residence located in South Carolina

A single indicator may not be conclusive evidence of an established domicile. Any dependent person who has lived in South Carolina for a minimum of three years may claim in-state status.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of CAEP-Accredited Teaching Degrees in South Carolina

Anderson University
Anderson
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Elementary Education (MAT) ACEI
  • Masters in Master of Education in Administration and Supervision ELCC
  • Bachelors in Secondary English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Math NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
Benedict College
Columbia
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
Charleston Southern University
Charleston
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Ed NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education (B) ACEI
  • Bachelors in Mathematics-Secondary NCTM
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Masters in Principal ELCC
  • Bachelors in Secondary English Education NCTE
Claflin University
Orangeburg
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Middle Level Education AMLE
Clemson University
Clemson
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Literacy ILA
  • Masters in MAT Special Education CEC
  • Masters in Middle Level AMLE
  • Bachelors in Secondary English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Math (Baccalaureate) NCTM
  • Masters in Secondary Math (MAT) NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Science (Baccalaureate) NSTA
  • Masters in Secondary Science (Masters) NSTA
  • Bachelors in Secondary Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education (Baccalaureate) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Masters CEC
  • Masters in Special Education Intellectual Disabilities Masters CEC
  • Masters in Special Education Learning Disabilities Masters CEC
Coastal Carolina University
Conway
CAEP
  • Masters in Building- Principals ELCC
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood NAEYC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Leadership ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Masters in General Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Middle Level Education AMLE
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Masters in Secondary Math NCTM
  • Masters in Social Studies Education NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
Coker College
Hartsville
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Biology Education NSTA
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English Education NCTE
  • Masters in Literacy Studies ILA
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
Columbia College
Columbia
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Mathematics Education NCTM
  • Bachelors in Middle Level AMLE
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
Converse College
Spartanburg
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education Master's NAEYC
  • Masters in Educational Leadership ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education Baccalaureate ACEI
  • Masters in Elementary Education MAT ACEI
  • Masters in Gifted Education NAGC
  • Masters in Middle level AMLE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Biology NSTA
  • Masters in Secondary Education in English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education in Social Studies NCSS
  • Masters in Secondary Education in Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Secondary English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Mathematics NCTM
  • Masters in Secondary Mathematics MAT NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Science NSTA
  • Masters in Secondary Science MAT NSTA
  • Bachelors in Special Education Intellectual Disabilities (or ID) Baccalaureate CEC
  • Masters in Special Education Intellectual Disabilities MAT CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education L.D. Baccalaureate CEC
  • Masters in Special Education L.D. MAT CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education: Deaf or Hearing Impaired CEC
Erskine College
Due West
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Physical Education K-12 NASPE
  • Bachelors in Special Education-Mild/Moderate CEC
Francis Marion University
Florence
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Masters in MAT Learning Disablities CEC
  • Masters in MEd-Learning Disabilities CEC
  • Bachelors in middle level education AMLE
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
Furman University
Greenville
CAEP
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Leadership-District Level, Superintendent ELCC
  • Post Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in English NCTE
  • Post Bachelors in Languages ACTFL
  • Masters in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders CEC
  • Masters in Literacy ILA
  • Post Bachelors in Mathematics Education NCTM
  • Masters in School Leadership Building Principal, Supervisor ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Leadership-Building Principal, Supervisor ELCC
  • Post Bachelors in Science NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
  • Masters in TESOL TESOL
Lander University
Greenwood
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in History - Secondary NCSS
  • Bachelors in Mathematics - Secondary NCTM
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
Limestone College
Gaffney
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
Morris College
Sumter
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Biology NSTA
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
Newberry College
Newberry
CAEP
  • Bachelors in AMLE AMLE
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
North Greenville University
Tigerville
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Secondary English Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Math Education NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Social Studies NCSS
Presbyterian College
Clinton
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in English Education NCTE
  • Bachelors in Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Middle School Education AMLE
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Masters in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Mathematics NCTM
  • Masters in Mathematics NCTM
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Principal ELCC
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Superintendent ELCC
Southern Wesleyan University
Central
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Educational Leadership ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English Education NCTE
  • Bachelors in Math Education NCTM
  • Bachelors in Multi-categorical Special Education CEC
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina
Charleston
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Biology; Teaching Specialization in Biology & Comprehensive/Broad Field Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Teaching Track SHAPE | PETE
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Teaching Track NASPE
  • Masters in Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education NCSS
  • Masters in Educational Leadership - Principal ELCC
  • Masters in Master of Arts in Teaching-Physical Education SHAPE | PETE
  • Masters in Master of Arts in Teaching-Physical Education NASPE
  • Masters in Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Education, Biology NSTA
  • Masters in Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Education, English NCTE
  • Masters in Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Education, Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Education, Social Studies NCSS
  • Masters in Master of Education in Literacy Education ILA
  • Masters in Role 6 Reading Specialist ILA
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Specialist in Education in School Psychology NASP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Specialist in Educational Leadership-School Superintendent ELCC
The College of Charleston
Charleston
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Biology NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Biology NSTA
  • Bachelors in Chemistry NSTA
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Emotional and Behavior Disorders CEC
  • Masters in Emotional and Behavior Disorders CEC
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Foreign Language Education ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Learning Disabilities CEC
  • Masters in Learning Disabilities CEC
  • Bachelors in Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities CEC
  • Masters in Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities CEC
  • Bachelors in Middle Grades Education AMLE
  • Masters in Middle Grades Education AMLE
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Physics NSTA
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
University of South Carolina
Columbia
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education (Baccalaureate) NAEYC
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education (MEd) NAEYC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Administration (Ed.S.) ELCC
  • Masters in Educational Administration (MEd) ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education (Baccalaureate) ACEI
  • Masters in Elementary Education (MAT) ACEI
  • Masters in English Education (MAT) NCTE
  • Masters in English Education (MT) NCTE
  • Bachelors in Foreign Language Education (Baccalaureate) ACTFL
  • Masters in Foreign Language Education (MAT) ACTFL
  • Masters in Language & Literacy (MEd) ILA
  • Masters in Mathematics Education (MAT) NCTM
  • Masters in Mathematics Education (MT) NCTM
  • Bachelors in Middle Level Education AMLE
  • Bachelors in Physical Education (Baccalaureate) NASPE
  • Masters in Physical Education (MAT) NASPE
  • Masters in Science Education (MAT) NSTA
  • Masters in Science Education (MT) NSTA
  • Masters in Social Studies Education (MAT) NCSS
  • Masters in Social Studies Education (MT) NCSS
  • Masters in Special Education - Early Childhood (MEd) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education - Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (MAT) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education – Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (MEd) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education – Learning Disabilities (MEd) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education – Mild/Moderate (MAT) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education – Mild/Moderate (MEd) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education – Severe (MAT) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education – Severe (MEd) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education-Learning Disabilities (MAT) CEC
University of South Carolina Beaufort
Bluffton
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood UG NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary UG ACEI
  • Bachelors in English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Foreign Language ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Math NCTM
  • Bachelors in Middle School AMLE
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education (LD) CEC
  • Masters in Special Education (Vision) CEC
University of South Carolina-Aiken
Aiken
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Biology NSTA
  • Bachelors in Chemistry NSTA
  • Bachelors in Comprehensive NSTA
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Middle Level Ed AMLE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Comprehensive Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Secondary English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Math NCTM
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
Winthrop University
Rock Hill
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education AMLE
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Special Education Learning/Emotional Disabilities CEC
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Special Education: Mental and Severe Disabilities CEC
  • Bachelors in Biology (Baccalaureate) NSTA
  • Masters in Biology (MAT) NSTA
  • Masters in Chemistry (MAT) NSTA
  • Masters in Educational Leadership ELCC
  • Bachelors in English (Baccalaureate) NCTE
  • Masters in English (MAT) NCTE
  • Masters in M.Ed. in Literacy ILA
  • Masters in Master of Education in Middle Level Education AMLE
  • Masters in MAT in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Mathematics (Baccalaureate) NCTM
  • Masters in Mathematics (MAT) NCTM
  • Bachelors in Modern Languages French (Baccalaureate) ACTFL
  • Masters in Modern Languages French (MAT) ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Modern Languages Spanish (Baccalaureate) ACTFL
  • Masters in Modern Languages Spanish (MAT) ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Physical Education - Baccalaureate NASPE
  • Masters in Physical Education Teacher Education PETE (MAT) NASPE
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
  • Bachelors in Social Studies (Baccalaureate) NCSS
  • Masters in Social Studies (MAT) NCSS

Online Teaching Degrees in South Carolina

Anderson University has a 33-hour online M.Ed. program that can be completed in one year. Students must already be certified teachers and will not obtain additional certifications. This program, which is both online and on campus, is for teachers interested in earning a master degree to enhance their resumes. Course topics include educational leadership, educational research, current issues in public school education, and principles of curriculum development.

South Carolina State University offers various online courses. University of South Carolina offers not only online bachelor and master teaching programs but also online courses. USC also has an online doctoral program in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching Specializations

Anderson University has certification programs in elementary, physical and secondary education.

The College of Charleston offers graduate certification programs in English to speakers of other languages; gifted and talented education; and special education.

Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in South Carolina

Anderson University offers a few different bachelor degree programs. The elementary education programs offer a straight-forward program and also one with a concentration in special education: learning disabilities. Yet a third elementary education option includes an early childhood education add-on certification. The secondary education program offers concentrations in English, math and social studies. AU also offers a physical education program and a multi-category special education program that allows students to teach grades K-12.

South Carolina State University offers various bachelor degree programs. Some of the majors include biology and chemistry; early childhood; art; business; elementary; English and technology education. Students attend seminars and complete teaching experiences as part of the curriculum. The University of South Carolina offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science teaching programs and they’re offered on campus and online. Whether it’s art, music, dance, athletics or middle school teaching you’re pursuing, chances are USC will have the appropriate program.

Master’s in Education Degrees in South Carolina

The two master degree programs at Anderson University both include evening classes to allow students more flexibility in earning a degree and continuing to work. The M.A.T. program focuses on elementary education while the M.Ed. program includes an administration and supervision concentration.

Teaching, learning and advocacy; special education; languages; early childhood education; science and mathematics for teachers; and child life are just a few of the majors offered in the master degree programs at the College of Charleston. These programs help increase the teacher’s value in the classroom by advancing their education to the next level. Master degree programs in educational leadership, education, counselor education and teaching are offered at the South Carolina State University.

A large selection of master degree programs are offered through USC’s College of Education, whether you’re interested in teaching younger grades, performing research or working with troubled youth. Some of the majors include curriculum and instruction; counselor education; educational psychology and research; physical education and teacher education.