126 School of Education, Human Performance, and Health
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
Family Studies Program prepares students for professional work with
young children between the ages of birth to six years. Additionally,
students are prepared to work with families from diverse cultural, ethnic,
and socioeconomic backgrounds. Upon graduation, students will have
opportunities to pursue positions as childcare practitioners in child
development centers, family learning centers, as teachers in private school
settings, Early Head Start and Head Start Programs as well as parent educators
in learning centers.
General education requirements for this major consist of coursework in
liberal arts thus establishing a broad knowledge base prior to professional
coursework. The professional sequence provides knowledge, skills and
dispositions in child development, curriculum, and assessment of children
from birth to six years of age. Professional courses also include effective ways
to communicate and work with families of young children. After completion
of the major coursework, students have a semester long internship in a child
care or learning center to complete the program.
Community Health. Community Health Program prepares students for
professional work within their community to teach behaviors that promote
wellness and to develop and implement strategies to improve the health
of individuals and communities. Community health workers provide a link
between the community and healthcare professionals in order to develop
and implement strategies and to improve the health of individuals and
communities. Additionally, community health workers collect data and
discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.
Early Childhood Education. The early childhood education program
provides preparation for teaching in four- and five-year kindergartens and
in the primary grades (PK-3). A substantial portion of the curriculum consists
of course work in the liberal arts to establish a broad educational background
prior to the professional sequence of courses. The professional sequence
provides content and direct opportunities for field clinical experience. The
final experience is a semester-long student teaching assignment.
Elementary Education. The elementary education program prepares
students to teach in grades 2-6. The program consists of a general liberal
arts background, professional educational coursework and clinical field
experiences. During the semester in which students are enrolled in directed
teaching (EDEL 468), they spend all of each school day for a period of fourteen
weeks in the elementary school to which they are assigned.
Middle Level Education. The program in middle level education prepares
students to teach in grades 5-8. The program emphasizes the particular
physical, emotional, attitudinal, and intellectual needs of adolescents as well
as the organizational, curricular, and pedagogical practices of the middle
school. This is achieved through a core of general liberal arts coursework,
professional education coursework (which includes field-based clinical
experiences in middle schools), student teaching in middle school settings,
and intensive coursework in an academic concentration.
Secondary Education. The program in secondary education prepares
students to teach in grades 9-12 and does so through a core of general liberal
arts course work, professional education course work, including field-based
clinical experiences, a student teaching experience, and intensive course
work in a specific area of subject specialization. The secondary education
curriculum may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
degree, depending upon the chosen area of subject specialization. Areas
of subject specialization in secondary education at USC Upstate include
biology, chemistry, English, social studies/history, mathematics and Spanish.
Special Education: Learning Disabilities. The Bachelor of Science in
Special Education/Learning Disabilities prepares future teachers to serve
the needs of special education students with learning disabilities in both
regular and special education classrooms. Preparation for teaching students
with learning disabilities emphasizes appropriate services, curricula,
assessment, and instruction required by students with special needs to
facilitate their participation in the K-12 general education curriculum.
Technology, collaborative and consultation skills, applications of research,
and parent consultation skills are stressed throughout the program. Practicum
experiences begin the first semester of the professional program and continue
throughout the program in K-12 school settings.
Physical Education. The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) major
prepares students to teach physical education in grades K-12. In addition
to a core program in the liberal arts, students undertake studies in the
professional education area as well as in-depth study of physical education.
Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both the elementary and
secondary levels. For students desiring a degree in physical education that is
not oriented toward K-12 classroom teaching, the School of Education, Human
Performance, and Health offers the degree in Exercise and Sport Science.
Exercise and Sport Science. Students in the Exercise and Sport Science
major are trained for a variety of careers, including fitness specialist, personal
training, and strength and conditioning specialist. With graduate training,
students can pursue careers in sport nutrition, exercise physiology, cardiac
rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Preparation for both the NSCA’s Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam and the ACSM’s Health Fitness
Specialist exam is built into the curriculum, and students passing one of
these national exams can expect enhanced job opportunities. See www.
acsm.org or www.nsca-lift.org for more information.