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Secondary Education M.T. Application Information

If you are enrolled at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, majoring in English, mathematics, science or social studies, and want to teach high school, the Secondary Education Master of Teaching program could be for you.

The program is designed for you to earn two degrees in five years of school. Once you have completed the program, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science (depending on your major, also referred to as "content teaching area,") and a Master of Teaching degree, and be ready to become certified to teach your chosen subject in high schools in South Carolina.

The program requires a minimum of 39 graduate hours, and you will need to maintain a minimum overall minimum GPA of 2.75, and an average GPA of 2.75 in all undergraduate courses related to your chosen subject. The courses you take in the graduate program will be specific to you, based on your prior course work. Once you are accepted into the program, meet with your Secondary Education M.T. advisor for assistance in choosing your classes. 

Admissions Requirements

In addition to completing an undergraduate degree in your content teaching area, in order to be eligible for the program, you will need to demonstrate successful experiences with children and/or adolescents. You might join a professional support group or volunteer for leadership, teaching, tutoring, or mentoring with children.

Your undergraduate advisor will help you choose any additional courses so you will be able to join the graduate portion of the program in the summer after you complete your bachelor’s degree. Your undergraduate course work will be specific to your learning experience. It will include a mix of education and subject-specific courses, based on your subject.

Finally, there are additional requirements depending on your subject:

English

Complete a 12-15-hour education component within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  • EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities

  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning

  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching

  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

  • EDSE 547 (3 credit hours) – Teaching Middle and High School English

You also need to complete the following English courses with a grade of C or better for M.T. admission:

  • One course from ENGL 380 or 381 or one from ENGL 400-407

  • Two courses from ENGL 382-386 or 410-427

  • One course from ENGL 388 or 440 or 449

  • One course from ENGL 389 or 453

  • ENGL 428

  • ENGL 432

  • ENGL 437

  • ENGL 450

  • ENGL 460

  • ENGL 461

  • Two 300 or above English elective courses

Mathematics

Complete a 12-hour education core/cognate within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  •  EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities

  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning

  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching

  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

Statistics majors must complete MATH 546/701I and MATH 531 either within the bachelor’s degree or the M.T. degree.

Engineering Science majors must complete MATH 531 and 546 within the bachelor’s degree.

Science

Complete a 12-hour education core/cognate within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  •  EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities

  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning

  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching

  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

Complete at least one 3-4 credit hour course from each of the following science areas with a grade of C or better for a total of 12-16 credit hours:

  • Biology (BIOL)

  • Chemistry (CHEM)

  • Physics (PHYS)

  • Geology (GEOL) or Marine Science (MSCI)

Social Studies

Complete a 12-hour education core/cognate within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  •  EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities

  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning

  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching

  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

You also need to complete the following Social Studies courses with a grade of C or better for M.T. admission:

  • HIST 111 and HIST 112

  • Four (4) 300 level or above history courses

  • POLI 201

  • ECON 224 or (ECON 221 and 222)

  • One course from GEOG 103 or GEOG 221 or GEOG 212

  • One course from PSYC, SOCY, or ANTH

Application Process

You will start the application process during your senior year of your undergraduate program:

  • Apply online for the Secondary Ed Master of Teaching program at the USC Graduate School. Please submit all application materials online to the USC Graduate School no later than October 15 for spring enrollment and no later than January 15 for summer or fall enrollment.
  • Submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (Miller).
  • Successfully interview with faculty, which includes a review of transcripts, practicum experiences, and letters of recommendation from faculty members of your home college (the one where you are completing your undergrad).
  • You may also attend a group teacher education advisement and information meeting held the first Tuesday in October and the fourth Tuesday in March each year. Contact the Office of Student Services or call 803.777.6732 for the time and place.