Beyond the Classroom

International Study Trips

Do you like to learn through travel? Or do you want to travel but are a bit unsure about planning and traveling on your own? We offer just the experience for both types of students. The education faculty regularly offers international study trips called Maymesters. These short-term trip are usually 2-3 weeks long, take place in May and are open to all PC students. This gives you the opportunity to travel outside the USA with friends and faculty you know while earning college credit.  Previous trips have focused on countries such as Italy, France, England, Belgium, Scotland, Barbados and New Zealand.

If you are interested in this type of experiential learning and would like more information, please contact an education professor or visit PC’s Office of International Programs. We would love to have you join us as we travel the globe!

Capstone Research Course

As a PC education major, you will complete a capstone research study during your junior or senior year. This capstone research course is designed to engage you with the process of conducting educational research. During this process, you will learn to read and interpret research articles, plan a research study to complete in a K-12 setting, collect data, analyze data and present research findings to your peers, PC faculty and your family. You will also have the option to submit your research to conferences such as the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students have previously researched topics such as student motivation in reading and mathematics, behavior management, strategies for working with students with ADHD, teacher perspectives on standardized testing and nutrition and its effect on student memory.

Palmetto State Teachers Association

Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA) is a group founded to support teachers in South Carolina in all aspects of teaching. PSTA advocates for teachers on the state level during legislative sessions and also provides information for teachers about current legislation that will affect educators. PSTA also offers professional development and training for in-service and pre-service teachers as well as a variety of additional support services for SC educators. The PC chapter of PSTA meets regularly to discuss issues in education and hosts speakers on relevant topics in education. In addition, our PSTA organization has participated in community service through involvement in Happy Wheels, an organization that collects and distributes toys and books to hospitalized children, as well as Thornwell’s annual Halloween Carnival.

Kappa Delta Pi

PC hosts the Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. Kappa Delta Pi was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty, and power.