Columbia College has a long and distinguished history of training the best teachers in South Carolina. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty are distinguished innovators and leaders who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the classroom setting. The Division of Education at Columbia College seeks to prepare teachers for careers as collaborative professionals knowledgeable in the content and practice of their respected discipline.
Columbia College holds national accreditation through NCATE for its teacher certification programs. NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards.
Columbia College’s Teacher Education Program is accredited and approved by the South Carolina State Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Prepration (CAEP). For more information click here.
The Women’s College offers four bachelor’s degree programs leading to certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education (BA); Elementary Education (BA); Special Education (BA); and Middle Level Education (BA). In addition, bachelors degree programs in Education Studies and Speech Language patholgy are available.
Columbia College’s Evening program offers three bachelor’s degree programs leading to certification the following areas: Early Childhood Education (BA); Elementary Education (BA); and Special Education (BA). In addition, a bachelors degree program in Education Studies is available.
Goals of the Program
The Division of Education programs prepare candidates as Collaborative Professional who:
- Provide a knowledge base for the development of content proficiency
- Model connections and varied perspectives between core content and specialized subject matter
- Model communication and collaboration through instructional methods and interactions
- Model and define pedagogical principles, best practice, and inclusive teaching procedures and practices
- Model and provide opportunities to conduct inquiry in teaching and learning
- Model ethical, caring, and professional behaviors
- Model and address the essential components of teaching and learning with technology
- Model and assess professional growth through performance and reflection
Opportunities for Teaching Experience
Education majors are quickly introduced to the real-life world of a practicing educator. As early as the sophomore year, students begin experiences that have them gradually assuming the responsibilities of a public classroom teacher. By the end of the coursework here at Columbia College, candidates have had a wide range of classroom opportunities that prepare them to be Classroom Ready upon graduation.
Additional program information
SC Teaching Standards 4.0/Expanded ADEPT