Erskine education program prepares future teachers for the classroom with early and plentiful teaching experience, careful instruction in methods, and focused individual attention to develop the strengths and shore up the weaknesses of each student.
Freshman Education majors spend their first January term experiencing an active classroom to find out if teaching is really their calling. From the sophomore year onward, students spend two or three days a week in classrooms under the supervision of both professional teachers and the Erskine faculty.
By the time they enter their semester of student teaching, Erskine education majors are already familiar with the policies and procedures of professional teaching. Erskine graduates are truly prepared for their first year of teaching, having more experience than the graduates of most other programs.
Erskine College maintains close ties to top-tier public schools, such as Hodges Elementary School and the Greenwood School of Inquiry. Erskine education professors are involved in local school boards and cultivate good relations with local and state education officials.
Students completing the elementary education, early childhood, or special education programs are eligible for South Carolina certification. Graduates in secondary education are prepared for middle or high school certification in their subject field.
Our Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the State Board of Education. The program was previously accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Erskine teacher candidates who obtain South Carolina certification are usually eligible for reciprocity in other states, and Erskine alumni are certified teachers in Texas and California as well as all nearby states.
Education Degree Programs
Early Childhood Education – Birth to Three Years Old, Grades 1-2
Elementary Education – Grades 3-6
Special Education – Multi-categorical – grades K-12
Music Education (K-12)
Erskine offers certification programs in five areas of secondary education. Each requires a major in the subject field with a minor in Education and student teaching experience. Students must work closely with faculty in both departments to ensure they meet certification requirements.