College of EducationAt a Glance
The University of South Carolina College of Education is a state and national leader in preparing future teachers, counselors, education administrators, researchers and policymakers.
With more than 30,000 graduates and growing every year, all students in South Carolina are taught by at least one College of Education alumni. That’s impact that spans the state’s classrooms and schools, developing leaders who advocate for today’s teaching professionals and pursue solutions leading to educational excellence.
The College of Education’s 60 programs and course sequences provide educational options for P-12 education, K-12 administration, higher education, counseling and special education in four academic departments. Many faculty members are former teachers and administrators. That working experience underlines the need to weave equity and diversity throughout the curriculum and equip education students with strategies to improve learning outcomes for students from underrepresented populations.COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Putting Theory into Practice
As early as their first semester, undergraduate students receive real-world P-12 classroom experience that enhances their skills and offers a post-graduation, competitive edge. With 342 partner schools in five districts across the state, students gain more than 700 hours of experience observing and teaching in schools with diverse student bodies in rural, suburban and urban settings.STUDY
The college is committed to advancing equity and diversity in education. At our Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students, we support research focused on instructional effectiveness. In the university’s Anne Frank Center, the only official Anne Frank House partner site in North America, we inspire a commitment to stand up against antisemitism, bigotry and inequality wherever it exists.PARTNERSHIPS & OUTREACH
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Breakthrough Star Hengtao Tang studies how to make STEM courses more effective for SC schoolchildren
South Carolina’s economic future depends on a world-class workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That’s why assistant professor Hengtao Tang is studying how to make STEM courses more effective, inclusive and accessible to a wider range of people.
Education professor Catherine Compton-Lilly helps Taiwanese communities reclaim indigenous language loss through children's books
Education professor Catherine Compton-Lilly traveled to Taiwan to help two communities reclaim indigenous language loss through children’s books.
Learning to move
Many children are not only minimally participanting in physical activity but also have fallen behind in acquiring basic motor development skills that dramatically hinders their capability to play.
USC researchers improve outcomes for pregnancy, birth and early childhood
When it comes to understanding the challenges related to pregnancy, birth and early childhood, USC’s researchers deliver answers.
Focused on Student Success
Our faculty are engaged, welcoming, passionate, driven and helpful. They share a commitment to transforming lives, schools and communities in South Carolina. Many are former teachers and administrators who bring real-world experiences to the programs they teach. Our student-to-faculty ratios — lower than many peer institutions — create an engaging environment that supports both new students and seasoned educators.STUDENT SUPPORT
Pathways of Achievement
CarolinaTIP’s early career mentoring and professional development for alumni teaching in partnering South Carolina schools boosts professional retention. A 24-school professional development network — one of the nation’s largest — provides professional development for teachers where they teach. Ten online programs offer students with jobs the flexibility to earn advanced degrees while they work.GAMECOCK EDQUARTERS
Learn, Teach and Lead
The College of Education houses the best education program in South Carolina and ranks as one of the top schools in the entire Southeast. Whether interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree or taking the next step in an administrative career, the College of Education can help you get there.APPLY