At Erskine we believe that teaching is a calling, not just a job. Teachers serve a diverse community of students with individual needs. With this in mind, our program prepares you with the skills you need to engage in creative, differentiated instruction so that each child can succeed. Our faculty members invest in you, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to become a transformational leader in the classroom, the school, and the community.
Erskine’s teacher education program will prepare you for the initial undergraduate certification level. The program offers certification in the following programs:
- Early Childhood (grades PK-3)
- Elementary (grades 2-6)
- Special Education: Mild/Moderate Multi-Categorical (grades K-12)
- Physical Education and Coaching (grades K-12)
- Secondary Education in Social Studies (grades 9-12)
- Secondary Education in Mathematics (grades 9-12)
- Secondary Education in English (grades 9-12)
- Music Education: instrumental or choral (grades K-12)
Our program prepares you for classroom teaching through early and ongoing field experiences, conferences, action research, classroom instruction, and mentorship. You will also study project-based learning and assessment, along with technology application. Education majors in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education complete over 300 hours of supervised field experience before student teaching while Physical Education and Secondary Education students complete over 120 hours prior to student teaching.
If you receive credit for completing Teacher Cadets in a certified high school program, you will receive three hours of credit and will not be required to take ED 202 during spring semester of your freshman year. Successful completion of Teacher Cadets qualifies you for a $6,000 yearly scholarship at Erskine, provided you are fully admitted to Erskine, maintain good standing in the education program, and attend as a residential student.
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.