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School of Education:
Certification Only and Second Degree Options

Certification Only

(Post – Baccalaureate Work Toward Teacher Certification):

Students with a baccalaureate degree attending USC Upstate to complete South Carolina requirements for initial teacher certification (referred to as “certification only students”) have their record of college/university coursework evaluated by the Associate Dean of the School of Education. Credit is granted for all general education courses (with the exception of general education mathemat­ics coursework for the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education programs). 

Evidence of a “C” or better grade must appear on the student’s transcript for the two-course sequence of English composition and public speaking. All Early Childhood and Elementary majors must satisfactorily complete a course in Children’s Litera­ture. All Special Education: LD majors must satisfactorily complete a course in Children’s Literature or Adolescent Literature.

In addition “certification only students” must complete ALL specific requirements in professional edu­cation and, for middle grades and secondary majors, ALL specific requirements in the area(s) of academic content concentration.  The Dean may exercise his/her prerogative in accepting coursework.

To view certification only requirements for each degree program available through the School of Education, please click here).

Second Degree Option:


Students with a baccalaureate degree attending USC Upstate to complete South Carolina requirements for initial teacher certification and a second degree at the baccalaureate level have their record of college/university coursework evaluated by the Associate Dean of the School of Education to determine which courses apply to the program of study. All requirements of the second degree must be met in order for the degree to be awarded. The Dean may exercise prerogative in accepting coursework.

To view all programs of study available, please click here.