USC Upstate’s Greenville campus offers instruction in early childhood education, elementary education (day or evening program), middle grades education, and special education (learning disabilities). Although the curriculum and requirements of each program are different, the over-riding philosophy of each is common—to prepare students to be the innovators and leaders of education in the United States. USC Upstate education students lead the way in efforts to reinvigorate schools, promote business and school partnerships, and ensure quality for all students.
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
The early childhood education program provides preparation for teaching in four- and five-year kindergartens and in the primary grades (PK-3). A substantial portion of the curriculum consists of coursework in the liberal arts to establish a broad educational background prior to the professional sequence of courses. The professional sequence provides content and direct opportunities for field clinical experience. The final experience is a semester-long student teaching assignment of which half is in a pre-primary (4K or 5K) setting and half in a primary setting (grades 1, 2 or 3).
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