Teacher Education Certification

If you are looking to become a teacher, 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.

And 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.

Top students become top teachers, and the faculty at PC will strive to ensure that you attain your maximum potential.

All students who desire admission to the professional education certification program must complete an application for admission, meet the criteria for admission, and receive the approval of the Teacher Education Committee.

Criteria used in determining acceptance into the Teacher Education Program include:

  1. Completed Teacher Education Program application, including a successful South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check as required by the State Department of South Carolina
  2. Completion of 45 semester hours
  3. Cumulative 2.6/4.0 GPA (on all PC coursework and all coursework that counts towards graduation)
  4. Declared Major form on file with the registrar
  5. Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis Core examination, ACT or SAT South Carolina Exemption (scores are to be submitted with the Teacher Education Program Application).

*Scores required by the State of South Carolina as of September 2014 (subject to change)

  • ACT = 24
  • SAT I Verbal + Math + Writing = 1650
  • Praxis Core Reading = 156 Writing = 162 Math = 150

For further information, see the student handbook and/or contact Dr. Elizabeth Lilly ( at 864.833.8235.

Authentic Learning

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.