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Elementary Education, B.A.

College of Education

Do you have a calling to work with children in grades two through six in a fulfilling career? Become an exceptional elementary school educator, and prepare to make a real impact in the classroom.

Gain knowledge for meeting the individual needs of students by putting theory, methods and skills into practice in real, professional settings. Develop your skills while practicing teaching during three internships of classroom experience to kickstart a career working on behalf of children and their families.

Program Highlights

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    Personal Attention

    Enjoy close student-faculty relationships and opportunities from smaller class sizes in your major-specific courses.

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    Classroom Experience

    Take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities: students average 700+ hours in K-12 schools in urban, suburban and rural settings.

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    Supportive Community

    Get a firsthand look at instructional methods in action when you take courses with components that take place in local schools.

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    Notable Network

    Benefit from one of the largest and most active Professional Development Schools Networks in the nation.

What You’ll Study

Courses build on the foundation of education and learning. Examine issues and trends in education, theory and education in diverse settings. You'll study instructional methods, assessment practices and reflective teaching. Palmetto College also offers an online option for degree completion in this area of study.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Planning and Strategy

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive and effective approach to achieve specific goals

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

  • Continuous Improvement

    Identifying and implementing incremental changes to enhance quality, efficiency and effectiveness


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Educator
  • Private Tutor

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Museums
  • Community Centers
  • Government

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland School District Two
  • Lexington County School District One
  • Charleston County School District
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five
  • Fort Mill School District
  • Greenville County Schools

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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