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Early Childhood Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Spartanburg, SC, United States
The Early Childhood Education program provides preparation for teaching in PK-3 classrooms. 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 experience.
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The School of Education has developed curricula leading to the baccalaureate in six broad fields: early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, physical education and special education - learning disabilities. Although the number of credit hours required for graduation varies by subject, a minimum of 123 hours is required for any baccalaureate in the School of Education. Students should plan their program of study in advance with their assigned advisor each semester or summer session.

The programme

Students in the Early Childhood Education program spend many hours in early childhood classrooms. As soon as they begin their professional classes they are assigned to an early childhood classroom serving four-year olds. They are able to observe, participate and implement lessons.

The following semester they are assigned to a classroom serving kindergarten, first-, second- or third-grade students. Again, one day a week, they spend the semester in that classroom where they observe, participate and implement lessons. The final experience is a semester-long student teaching assignment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Teacher Ed. Colloquium
  • Foundations of Edu.
  • Educational Development of the Life-long Learner
  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners/Special Education
  • Diversity, Mgmt, Assessmnt.
  • Resources / Tech. in Teaching
  • Creativity and Play
  • Clinical I in Early Childhd. Ed.
  • The Young Child: Behavior / Develop. in Early Childhood
  • Survey of Early Childhd. Ed.
  • Parent Family Involvement in Early Childhood Ed.
  • Clinical II in Early Childhd. Ed.
  • Lang. Develop./Comm. Skill
  • Math for the Young Child
  • Soc. Studies for the Yng Child
  • Science for the Young Child
  • Emergent and Early Literacy
  • Education of the Young Child: An Ecological Approach
  • Directed Teaching in Early Childhood Education

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements


  • International applicants must also provide official copies of school transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study (such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur or other school certificates).

Sufficient Funding

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) that certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one calendar year.

Credential Evaluation

  • Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11355 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5604 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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