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College of Education

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Degree Programs

Teachers are leaders. We empower youth, we encourage growth, and we inspire change. The College of Education offers many different types of degrees and programs that prepare you with the training and experience you need to have a profound impact on the lives of your students.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Our undergraduate degree courses prepare you for certification as a teacher, in a wide range of areas.

Area of Study Degrees Program Type(s) Certification College Offering Program
Early Childhood Bachelor of Arts 4-Year Pre-K through Grade 3 Education 
Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts 4-Year Grades 2-6 Education 
Middle Level Education Bachelor of Arts or Science 4-Year Grades 5-8 Education 
Physical Education  Bachelor of Science in Physical Education 4-Year Grades K-12 Education 
Secondary Education (high school) Bachelor of Arts OR Science, plus Master of Teaching 5-Year* Grades 9-12 

Bachelor's: Arts and Sciences

Master's: Education 

Special Education Bachelor of Arts 4-Year Pre-K through Grade 12


Art Education Bachelor of Fine Arts 4-Year  Grades K-12   Arts and Sciences
Dance Education Bachelor of Arts 4-Year  Grades K-12   Arts and Sciences
Foreign Language Education Bachelor of Arts 4-Year  Grades K-12  Arts and Sciences
Music Education Bachelor of Music 4-Year   Grades K-12  School of Music



The College of Education has the following undergraduate minors:


Master of Teaching in Secondary Education

If you are currently an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina (or considering becoming an undergraduate student at USC), the Master of Teaching in Secondary Education can be a path to teaching high school English, math, science or social studies in 5 years or less. All subjects require you to complete specific academic accomplishments for admission to the program; the exact requirements to enter the program depend on your chosen subject.


Graduate Degree Programs

Our graduate degree programs prepare you to make an impact in the world of education through rigorous course work, extensive practical experiences, and advanced research and learning opportunities.


Area of Study Degrees
Art Education Art Education, M.A.T. (P-12 Certification)
Counselor Education Counselor Education, Ed.S. (Clinical Mental Health)
Counselor Education, Ed.S. (Marriage, Couples & Family Counseling)
Counselor Education, Ed.S. (School Counseling)
Counselor Education, Ph.D.
Certificate of Graduate Study in Counselor Education (Career Development Facilitator)
Certificate of Graduate Study in Play Therapy
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
(Advanced Teaching Studies)
Doctor of Education - Curriculum Studies
Doctor of Education - STEM Education
Teaching, M.Ed.
Teaching and Learning, Ph.D.
Educational Foundations and Inquiry Certificate of Graduate Study in Qualitative Research
Foundations of Education, Ph.D.
Educational Research and Measurement Educational Psychology and Research, M.Ed.
Educational Psychology and Research, Ph.D.
Educational Technology Doctor of Education - Learning Design and Technology
Learning Design and Technologies, M.Ed.
Elementary Education Elementary Education, M.A.T. (2-6 Certification)
Foreign Language Education Foreign Language, M.A.T. (P-12 Certification)
Higher Education Administration Education Administration, Ph.D.
Higher Education & Student Affairs, M.Ed.
Certificate of Graduate Study in Higher Education Leadership
Language and Literacy Language and Literacy, M.Ed.
Language and Literacy, Ph.D.
Music Education Music Education, M.A.T. (P-12 Certification)
Physical Education Adapted Physical Education, M.S.
Coaching Education, M.S.
Physical Education, M.A.T. (P-12 Certification)
Physical Education, Ph.D.
School Leadership Education Administration, Ed.S.
Education Administration, M.Ed.
Education Administration, Ph.D.
Doctor of Education - Education Systems Improvement
Secondary Education 5-Year Program, B.A./B.S. plus Secondary Education, M.T. (9-12 Certification)
M.T. in Secondary Education for Career Changers
Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Ed.
Special Education, M.A.T. (P-12 Certification)
Special Education, M.Ed.
Special Education, Ph.D.
Theatre Education Theatre Education, M.A.T. (P-12 Certification)


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