About the Education Department

What does it mean to become a PC educator?

Becoming a PC educator is an exciting, life-changing experience. At PC it means more than learning in college classrooms, more than observing in local schools, more than teaching a few weeks in a public school.

Becoming a PC educator means an in-depth knowledge of theory and practice. It means working with students from your first education course to your last. It means acquiring in-depth knowledge and effective teaching strategies from experienced faculty and classroom teachers. It means developing leadership skills so you can make a difference in the lives of others. It means becoming a

Knowledgeable Practitioner – possessing the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate instruction in content specific disciplines

Reflective Educator - using your knowledge of contextual and student factors to inform practice and positively affect student learning

Culturally Responsive Educator – demonstrating effective teaching of diverse student populations

Professional Educator – collaborating and communicating effectively and exhibiting professional demeanor and behavior.

As an education student you have numerous opportunities to be involved on campus, in the community and in the world at large. You conduct student research, present at conferences, observe and teach in local schools, and engage in tutoring experiences.

You might also work with a faculty member in an Honor’s Research project, volunteer in education and campus organizations, study abroad for a semester, and/or participate in our annual department study trip to another country.

You will learn and develop your skills in the finest academic environment. Thomason Library houses an education curriculum lab that contains nearly 8,000 volumes of up-to-date books, periodicals, a computer learning lab and a Smart Board. Also located in the library are 6,000 additional volumes of education-related books as well as the Media Center, which offers assistance in video, audio, photographic, and computer resources.

In your specialized program of study, your courses are focused on engaged, experiential learning. Small class sizes enable you to actively participate as well as establish personal connections with the faculty and your peers. You will work with expert faculty who care about you and your success.

What does the Teacher Education Program offer?

All of our programs lead to teacher certification and are recognized for their:

  • Outstanding curriculum focused on experiential learning
  • Supportive relationships with peers and professors
  • Small interactive classes
  • Extended experiences working with students in local schools
  • High pass rate on licensure exams
  • Faculty committed to your learning
  • Ongoing advising
  • Opportunities to volunteer, study abroad, conduct research, present at conferences, continue in graduate school.

In addition, the PC Teacher Education Program has achieved national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the South Carolina State Department of Education and Specialized Professional Associations.

If this is the type of quality education and rewarding future you are looking for, then we invite you to join us. Become a graduate of the PC education department — where each person does make a difference!