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College of Education


Transfer Applicants

If you are currently enrolled at the Columbia campus...

Students frequently change majors. Often, your classes and even the people you encounter open your eyes to a new field of study. If you are considering transferring to the College of Education, you've embraced your passion, and you'll discover the great opportunities.

Step 1: Sign up for and attend a change of major workshop. Offered each fall and spring semester before advisement begins, you'll learn all of the eligibility requirements for transferring into the College of Education, as well as how long it will take you to complete the program you choose. Requirements vary for different programs:

  • if you have less than 30 hours of class credit from USC Columbia, most programs require at least a 2.00 GPA
  • if you have 30 hours or more of class credit completed, most programs require a 2.25 GPA

Step 2: Complete a change of major form. Once your form is received and cleared, you will receive an email from us welcoming you to the college with your adviser's name and contact information so that you can set up an appointment to discuss details. Your adviser will help you select your upcoming classes and make sure you've completed all of the steps necessary to becoming a successful College of Education graduate.

If you are transferring from another college/university or from any UofSC campus other than Columbia...

Step 1: Attend our orientation session. For students who are not enrolled at the Columbia campus, we offer special orientation sessions each spring and fall to introduce you to our programs and explain the admissions requirements. Since our USC satellite campuses and other universities have different requirements for their degrees, it's important to recognize that not all of your classes may transfer.

Step 2: Schedule a meeting with an adviser. Our advisers will go through your transcript with you and determine exactly which classes will transfer into our programs, which classes you will need to take and when you can anticipate graduating from our college. We want this to be a successful transition for you, so contact an adviser in our office at any time with any questions or concerns.

Step 3: Register for classes. After you meet with your adviser, you'll be ready to register for classes, and you'll be a member of the College of Education.

Online Elementary Education program

The College of Education offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education through Palmetto College, USC's online university. This degree offers you the same access to our outstanding faculty and staff at the college, but comes with the convenience of completing the program at your own pace, any time of day suitable to your schedule and from anywhere you have access to the Internet.

Admission to the online elementary education program requires 45 hours of college-level courses, 36 of which must be from a specific list of classes. You must also have a 2.50 GPA.

Visit our Palmetto College to learn more about the online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program, or review the application instructions.