About Elementary Education
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education provides preparation for teaching in primary grades, particularly grades 2-6. Students move through the Elementary Education program as a cohort, taking prescribed courses during sequenced semesters.
Through coursework and field experiences, the elementary education curriculum provides multiple opportunities for candidates to obtain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the standards established by the South Carolina Department of Education.
USC Salkehatchie partners with numerous high schools in the region to sponsor the Teacher Cadet program. The program encourages academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. Using an innovative approach to attract talented young people to the teaching profession, the program seeks to provide high school students insight into the nature of teaching, the problems of schooling and the critical issues affecting the quality of education in America's schools. These future community leaders gain insights about teachers and schools so that they can become civic advocates of education.
The program provides teacher education candidates with a wide range of practical experiences in public and private education settings. Each teacher education candidate is given a broad liberal arts and general education foundation as well as specific information regarding elementary education.
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Professional Development Partnerships
The School of Education has developed professional development relationships with several elementary schools in the Salkehatchie area. Our partnerships have been extremely successful in providing rich opportunities for our teacher candidates to engage directly with elementary school students. Many of our professional education methods courses are taught on site in local schools to allow for teacher candidates to observe teaching best practices.
The School of Education also provides internships for students.