Study Abroad

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, strategies for working with students with ADHD, rough and tumble play behaviors of kindergarten students, and elementary students’ perceptions of characters with disabilities in children’s books.

Palmetto State Teachers Association

Executive Board meeting with Craig King, PSTA Director of Governmental Affairs

Executive Board meeting with Craig King, PSTA Director of Governmental Affairs

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 preservice teachers as well as a variety of additional support services for SC educators. The student chapter of PSTA meets regularly to discuss issues in education and hosts speakers on relevant topics in education.

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.

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 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.