instrument, and receive FBI fingerprint clearance fulfill initial certification
requirements of the South Carolina State Board of Education.
POST-BACCALAUREATE/SECOND BACCALAUREATE WORK
TOWARD TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from USC Upstate or
any other accredited institution of higher education are advised to pursue
their teacher certification through the pursuit of a second baccalaureate
degree in the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health. In
exceptional circumstances a student may be classified as “certification only”
and complete the requirements for certification without receiving a second
All post-baccalaureate students, those seeking teacher certification through
a second degree and those seeking certification only, should clarify their
degree status with the Associate Dean of the School of Education, Human
Performance, and Health at the point of initial transcript review. Guidelines
for transcript review include:
• Credit may be granted for all general education courses with the exception
of general education mathematics coursework for Early Childhood,
Elementary, and Special Education.
• All students must present grades of “C” or better in a two course composition
sequence and on a course in public speaking.
• All Early Childhood and Elementary Education students must satisfactorily
complete a course in Children’s Literature or Adolescent Literature.
• All Special Education: LD students must satisfactorily complete a course
in Children’s Literature or Adolescent Literature.
• In addition to the preceding general education requirements, those
who elect the “certification only” option must complete ALL specific
requirements in professional education. Middle and secondary level
“certification only” students must complete ALL specific requirements
in their area(s) of academic content.
• The Dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health
will exercise professional judgement in accepting previous coursework,
especially when such work may be out of date or not aligned with
contemporary standards of preparation in teacher education.
An individual holding a baccalaureate degree who wishes to earn
certification through the USC Upstate “certification only” program, must
have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and have passed all parts of
An individual holding a baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA between
2.0 and 2.75 may be considered for conditional admission to the “certification
only” program if (1) the degree was awarded three or more years earlier
and (2) the individual has passed all three parts of PRAXIS Core. To gain
full admission, the individual must earn a 2.75 GPA on the first 12 hours
of coursework and complete all other requirements for admission to the
professional program. To continue in the professional program, candidates
must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
ADMISSION TO DIRECTED TEACHING
Students who wish to enroll in directed teaching (student teaching)
must apply a year in advance of the intended semester. The following are
requirements for all students admitted to directed teaching:
• prior admission to the professional program;
• completion of all content concentration course work with a grade of C
or better in each course completed (exceptions approved by the Dean
with faculty advisor's recommendation);
• grade of C or better in support courses completed;
• completion of 90 semester hours;
• 2.75 overall GPA;
• completion of all education methods courses with a grade of C or
better in each; and
• completion of Mathematics U231, U232 and U233 with a grade of C
or better for early childhood education majors, elementary education
majors and special education: learning disabilities majors;
• successful presentation of portfolio;
• submission of a clear TB test and FBI fingerprint card/clearance prior
to student teaching;
• completion of a South Carolina Department of Education application
for teacher certification.
In addition to these general requirements, there are specific course
prerequisites for each major field. No education course may serve as a
prerequisite for a subsequent education course until it has been completed
with a grade of C or better. These prerequisites may be changed from time
to time at the unit's discretion. Students are responsible for enrolling in
the appropriate corequisite coursework with directed teaching. It is the
responsibility of students to secure from the school office an updated
list of prerequisites for directed teaching in their major and to arrange
their courses of study with their education advisor so as to meet those
Transfer students with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit may take
courses in the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health if
they meet all university admission requirements. Transfer students who
have earned 60 hours or more must meet the admission criteria for the
professional program at the time of their initial application for admission
to the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health as a major.
Criteria are available in the school office. Only 64 semester hours of credit
may be accepted for transfer from a two-year institution and applied
toward the professional degree.
UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER CREDIT
Education majors from other colleges and universities wishing to transfer
courses into any of the education programs must have all transcripts
evaluated by the dean or associate dean of the School of Education, Human
Performance, and Health. The dean or associate dean, following the USC
Upstate School of Education, Human Performance, and Health Policy
Manual guidelines, determines the courses accepted to fulfill requirements
of any undergraduate education program. Any professional education
courses considered for transfer must have been completed within seven
years of matriculating at USC Upstate. Professional education courses
more than seven years old will not be accepted for transfer.
After being admitted to the professional program, candidates must
maintain at least a 2.75 GPA for retention in the program; this is in excess
of the minimum GPA required by the University for continuing enrollment.
Students who do not maintain a 2.75 GPA cannot enroll in any education
courses above the 400-level.
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