Community outreach is a major priority for the College of Education at Coastal Carolina University. We believe in working with and supporting our community from PK to graduate school and beyond.
The Coastal Carolina University LIFE Program is a four-year, tuition-based, post-secondary education and transition program for young adults who have a mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disability as defined by AAIDD. Students in the LIFE Program participate in person-centered planning to determine a focus for academic coursework that will support their career goals and personal interests. All LIFE students receive academic and social support through a structured mentoring/tutoring program. Participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities is required; social mentors assist students in identifying activities and groups that match their interests and often accompany them to events.
The Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement is the public outreach arm of Coastal Carolina University for grades K-16 students, families, community and related agencies. Housed within The Biddle Center are the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program and the Teacher Cadets program. The Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program partners college students with K-8 students to serve as mentors and work with the children in the K-8 school setting. The Teacher Cadets program at Coastal Carolina University is designed to attract talented young people to the teaching profession by offering an honors-level high school course that introduces them to the nature of teaching, the problems of schooling, and critical issues affecting the quality of education in America's schools.
The Early Childhood Development and Literacy Center houses two offerings, the Early Childhood Development Center and the Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education. The Early Childhood Development Center serves to support the development of the whole child. Each is provided the opportunity to inquire, explore, create, and interact with others in ways that support physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth. The program serves three, four, and five-year-old pre-school children. The Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education is a grant-funded resource that supports literacy development in the local community by providing access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sustaining language and literacy opportunities and resources to children in the community.
Finally, the Georgetown Educator-in-Residence Program offers housing for MAT candidates in historic Georgetown, where they complete their internship experiences. Students in the MAT program work in Georgetown County Schools, have a graduate assistantship through the College of Education and graduate with their initial teaching certification.