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Elementary Education


Description of the Major:

The Elementary Education Program prepares candidates to meet the educational requirements for South Carolina licensure in elementary education (grades 2-6).  Students pursuing a degree in elementary education develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions through challenging, inquiry-based learning experiences; these include study in the core areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies as well as art, music, health, and physical education.  Together with an in-depth study of child growth and development, educational psychology, teaching methodology, instructional technology, and focused, off-campus clinical experiences, the Elementary Education Program at Coastal Carolina University offers students a program rich in practicality, relevance, and professional growth opportunities.

The Student Experience:

  • The Spadoni College of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and the South Carolina Board of Education.
  • Horry County is the third largest school district in the state of South Carolina.  Many Coastal Carolina University education graduates obtain teaching positions with Horry County Schools.
  • Students who earn a degree from Coastal Carolina University and who are granted licensure by the state of South Carolina are eligible for reciprocal licensure in every other state.
  • The Elementary Education Program includes extensive clinical experiences in area schools.  This field work begins in a candidate's first education course and culminates with a semester-long student teaching internship during a candidate's senior year.  Initial field work includes interviews with teachers and guided observation and documentation of classroom events; this work is followed by expectations for candidates to conduct individual, small group and whole-class instruction.
  • Coastal Carolina University offers two student organizations for education majors:  The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) and the national education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.


Admission to the Program

All students enter the program as pre-majors. Candidates may complete a formal application for admission to the professional program in teacher education (PPTE) when they have completed at least 60 hours of college level coursework and have met the following requirements:

  • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
  • Earn a "C" or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102 or ENGL 211, EDUC 111, and EDUC 204;
  • Pass all three areas of Praxis I or meet the exemption policy;
  • Successfully clear a criminal background composite disciplinary action disclosure statement;
  • Complete a Professional Behavior and Dispositions Self-Evaluation (submitted in LiveText).

(Candidates are reviewed for acceptance into the Professional Program in Teacher Education by the Portal I Faculty Committee.)


Areas of Study:

Elementary Education majors take courses like:  Elementary School Curriculum & Organization, Teaching of Elementary Mathematics, Classroom Management for Diverse Settings, and Teaching of Elementary Science.  (See the College of Education Website for a complete list of required courses.)


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