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Secondary Education, M.T.

College of Education

Incoming freshmen and college graduates can become a high school English, math, science or social studies teacher with this degree. Undergraduates can earn two degrees in five years, but both gain practical teaching experience.

Support the educational and developmental needs of high school students. Undergraduate students select a major based on the subject you wish to teach. All secondary education students work alongside experienced coaching teachers in local schools to improve student learning.

Program Highlights

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    Classroom Experiences

    Work with experienced coaching teachers in local schools and learn how best to teach high school students.

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    Undergrad Fast Track

    Earn two degrees in five years - one in your chosen subject matter combined with a master's of teaching degree.

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    Career Changers

    College graduates looking to become high school teachers can pursue this path in as few as 15 months.

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    Choose a Subject

    Choose content-specific specialization courses in English, math, science or social studies to align with your goals.

What You’ll Study

Gain skills to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. Undergraduate courses include education and subject-specific courses. The graduate program requires a minimum of 33 graduate hours and 15 hours of internship courses that allow you to learn through authentic classroom placements.

Building Skills

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

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

  • Flexibility

    Adapting to changing circumstances and being open to new ideas and approaches


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

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

  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Teacher
  • English Teacher
  • High School Social Studies Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher
  • High School Math Teacher

Workplace Settings

  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Lexington County School District One
  • Richland County School District Two
  • Richland County School District One
  • Lexington County School District Two
  • University of South Carolina
  • Greenville County Schools

My motivation for completing the Masters in Teaching program was to be a classroom teacher and cheer coach. I was driven by my desire to help students experience success in a math classroom and develop relationships with students that made them feel safe and welcome in my classroom.

Lindsay Smith
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