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College of Education

Certificate Programs

The College of Education offers many certificate programs, centered around highly focused or specialized subject matter.

Counselor of Education Certificates

Career Development Facilitator

In today's job market, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out as a candidate for any position. More than ever, career development facilitators are an incredibly valuable resource. This 18-hour certificate program, offered through counselor education, will prepare you to work in a career development setting. For information about specific curriculum requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.

Play Therapy

Albert Einstein once said, "Play is the highest form of research." Designed for individuals who have already completed a master's degree or higher in counseling, psychology or social work, the certificate program is designed to meet the requirements of the Association for Play Therapy for post-master's graduate education for individuals interested in pursuing the registered play therapy credential. The certificate is also available to students already enrolled in the counselor education degree programs at the Ed.S. and Ph.D levels. Visit the academic bulletin for admission requirements and curriculum information.


Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research

Administered by the Department of Educational Studies, the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research program brings together several courses in qualitative research theory, method, and design in an effort to prepare graduate students, professors, professional researchers, and program evaluators to conduct and apply best practices in the study of qualitative research and in conducting qualitative inquiry. The certificate program is open to all post-Masters students in education and related disciplines interested in developing expertise in qualitative research methods. This certificate may also meet the doctoral cognate requirements for a number of degree programs within the University. Learn more about the program, including course requirements and application guidelines.


Certificate of Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership

Over the next decade, many senior leadership professionals will retire from the South Carolina Technical College System, thus the Community College Leadership Alliance was created to assist in the development of the next generation of leadership. Partnering with the University of South Carolina College of Education, the CCLA features two main programs:

Certificate Program 

The 18-hour, for-credit Certificate of Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership will provide aspiring higher education leaders with a foundation of essential knowledge and skills to succeed on any college or university campus. The University of South Carolina is responsible for the development and delivery of the courses through its higher education and student affairs program in the College of Education. Therefore, all potential students must apply for this program through the University of South Carolina's graduate school. Learn more about the program, including course requirements and application guidelines.

Leadership Academy

The noncredit Leadership Academy was developed to provide a focused, accessible and affordable leadership development program for experienced college personnel who have the potential to become deans, directors and vice presidents. Annually, 25 participants are selected by college presidents through a process designed at the local colleges.

The program consists of at least four group sessions totaling approximately 10 days. Academy participants will interact with national and regional experts discussing leadership issues in community colleges, including one session on the political process as it relates to higher education. Participants must select a leadership project on their campus approved by their president, and they must identify a personal mentor to assist them with the project and the development of a personal leadership plan. For more information, please contact Karen Taylor via email or call 803-896-5320.

Language and Literacy Certifications

Certifications are offered through our Language and Literacy program in the following:

Literacy Teacher Certification

Literacy Coach Certification

Literacy Specialist Certification

To learn more about these certifications, visit the department page.