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Elementary Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The elementary professional program is three consecutive semesters where ideally, the students take the same classes as all others who are at the same level in the program. This allows students to form a bond and work closely with each other.

The programme

Block I and Block II students take five on campus classes plus participate in a clinical where they are placed in local elementary school classrooms for a few hours each one day a week. During the third semester, students are in the classroom five days per week for the entire school day, enabling them to participate in the full teaching experience.

In addition, they meet on campus with an elementary instructor who guides them in completing their required ADEPT portfolio assignments. A unique aspect of the program is the inter-relatedness of all of the coursework. Students have the opportunity to teach lessons they created for classes to their clinical students and use information gained in one class when completing assignments for other classes. For example, students use a variety of assessments learned in their assessment class when creating lessons for their content classes.

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 Education
  • Educational Development of the Life-long Learner
  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners/Special Education
  • Health and Physical Education for the Elementary School Child
  • Curric./ Teaching in Elem. Sch.
  • Res. / Tech. in Teaching
  • Org. / Mgmt of Diverse Class.
  • Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • Fine Arts in the Curriculum
  • Clinical I in Elem. Ed.
  • Literacy I: Learng to Read/Wri.
  • Student, Teacher, and School Assessment
  • Teaching Math in Elem. Schl.
  • Teaching Sci. in Elem. School
  • Clinical II in Elem. Ed.
  • Literacy II: Read/Wri. to Learn
  • Literacy III: Addressing Reading & Writing Problems 
  • Directed Teaching in the Elementary School
  • Elem. Ed. Issues and Trends

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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