Why Study Teacher Education at PC?
PC offers programs of study leading to teacher certification in many specialty areas—from early childhood, elementary, and middle school to secondary mathematics, English, social studies, and biology.
You will receive first-rate instruction: the PC Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP) and approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education.
Whether you plan to teach, attend graduate school, or use your knowledge and skills in other ways, our department is focused on helping you achieve your goals. Top students become top teachers, and the faculty at PC will strive to ensure that you attain your maximum potential.
What Teacher Education Programs are Offered?
We offer five programs of study that are uniquely dedicated to your success in the education profession:
- Early Childhood Education (pre-kindergarten-3rd grade)
- Elementary Education (grades 2-6)
- Middle Level Education (grades 5-8)-Language Arts-Mathematics-Science-Social Studies
- Secondary Education (grades 9-12)-English-Mathematics-Biology-Social Studies
- Music Education (kindergarten-12th grade)-Instrumental-Vocal/Choral
You will be taught by experts in their fields; faculty who are knowledgeable and passionate about the art and science of teaching as well as the content of their field. Most importantly, our faculty care about each of you, developing personal relationships and frequent interactions that start from the time we meet. Our mission is to help you become a leader in learning, an educator who makes a difference. Exceptional faculty, dedicated students, innovative curriculum, and small class sizes all lead to outstanding outcomes in the education department.
Practicum Field Experiences
You learn by doing. Each semester you are involved in working with students in a local public school. These experiences include classroom participation, learning from experienced teachers, teaching lessons and interacting with students. You have the opportunity to not only observe teachers but to experience the joy and rewards of teaching. As one of your final practica, you participate in the beginning of a school year; working alongside a mentor teacher, setting up a classroom, attending professional development workshops, and learning what to do in those critical first days of school.
Student Teaching/Clinical Practice
Student teaching is the exciting culmination of your studies and usually occurs in your last semester in a local public school. During this semester, you work under the direction of a master teacher and college supervisor as you gradually assume full time teaching responsibilities. This experience gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and attributes you have gained over the past semesters in an actual classroom setting. In other words, this is the time you become a real teacher.
- Approximately 95% of PC educators remain in the teaching profession after 3 years as opposed to almost 50% of the teachers nationally who leave the profession.
- 100% of PC education majors graduate in 4 years.
- 82% of our graduates are employed as teachers upon graduation.
- High pass rate on national licensure examinations.
- Our graduates are employed in school districts throughout the United States.
- The Education Department has been identified as one of the top five departments on PC’s campus.