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The College of Education distinguishes itself as a state and national leader in its efforts to be responsive, engaged, and collaborative in addressing the needs of its students, professions, and community. These characteristics are the hallmarks of the college’s teaching and learning activities, research mission, and service obligations, as it achieves excellence through focused involvement.

About the College of Education

With internationally recognized faculty in Language and Literacy, the college’s programs and initiatives promote innovative teaching methods and have a significant impact on the teaching of reading in South Carolina. Because education is not limited by the time and space continuum, we now offer an innovative distance education program which leads to certification as a school principal and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration.

More than 1,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students pursue their academic dreams in the College of Education.

Hallmarks and Rankings
  • Ranked 65th among Best U.S. Graduate Schools of Education (US News & World Report).
  • As a national model for Professional Development Schools, our School-University partnership network includes over 140 Pre-K–12 schools in South Carolina.
  • Creation of the Center for Educational Partnerships in Summer 2013 to provide educational extension services to schools, families and communities of South Carolina that facilitate collaboration among diverse education stakeholders, leverage existing resources, and build local capacity to improve school climate and student achievement in South Carolina’s K-12 public schools.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policies is composed of two program areas: CD-12 Educational Administration and Higher Education and Student Affairs. Our instructional programs prepare administrators and other professional personnel to provide educational leadership in both public and private sectors in the areas of educational administration and higher education and student affairs.

The Department of Educational Studies is composed of three program areas: Counselor Education, Educational Psychology, Research and Foundations, and Special Education.

The Department of Instruction and Teacher Education is dedicated to providing exemplary instruction, scholarship, and outreach addressing the instruction and professional development of teachers, both pre- and in-service.

The Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training offers undergraduate degrees in teacher certification and athletic training, three master’s degrees, and a doctorate in physical education. The department also offers a minor in athletic coaching.

Philanthropy Priorities

The College of Education seeks support from alumni, corporations and foundations to further the College's mission of excellence. Private support is used to increase the College's endowment, number of fellowships, program enhancements, technology support, and professorships and chairs. 

Unrestricted gifts from our alumni are essential for the College of Education to maintain its role as the State's flagship college of education. These gifts are an investment in quality education for all people who are touched by the College of Education.

One of the most important strengths of the University, but one which is often overlooked, is the Carolina Fund. Many institutions of higher education, especially state institutions, rely heavily on the annual fund as a means to provide financial support to programs that cannot be met with state funds. The Carolina Fund provides essential support for fellowships, awards, funds for alumni activities and publications as well as funds for faculty needs.

The College of Education realizes the importance of the Carolina Fund as it works aggressively to increase participation and support for this fund. With only a small percentage of its budget coming from the State Legislature, the College relies heavily on the generous support of its alumni and friends, and the Carolina Fund makes a huge difference in the lives of our students.

Key philanthropy goals and needs:

  • Provide students with more graduate fellowships.
  • Create more endowed professorships for faculty.
  • Enhance existing programs.
  • Increase giving to the College's annual Carolina Fund.
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