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 Education Division at Columbia College seeks to prepare teachers for careers as collaborative professionals knowledgeable in the content and practice of their respected discipline.
Effective teachers have the ability to make use of all available resources to maximize the quality of classroom instruction. Professionalism and collaboration are essential skills for successful educators. Providing education majors with opportunities to develop these skills is the foundation of the Teacher Education Program at Columbia College.
Based on research in the field, a key characteristic of an effective teacher is the ability to make use of resources--human and other--in order to maximize the quality of instruction in classrooms. To this end, the essential elements of professionalism and collaboration have come together to form a unique approach that has served as the foundation of the Columbia College Teacher Education Program.
The governing body for the Teacher Education Program is the Columbia College Teacher Education Committee, made up of representatives from certifying programs and Education Division faculty and staff. The Alliance of Educators--a group representing Columbia College faculty from teacher education, liberal arts faculty, and teachers and administrators from Professional Development Schools--serves as an advisory board.
Undergraduate Education Majors
The Education Division offers undergraduate majors leading to teacher certification in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level, special education, and speech-language pathology. A non-certifying major in speech-language pathology also is available.
The Education Division works in collaboration with other academic divisions to offer certifying majors in Dance, English, and Mathematics.
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.
The Women's College offers four bachelor's degree programs in education: Early Childhood Education (BA); Elementary Education (BA); Special Education (BA); and Middle Level Education (BA). See the links on the right side of this page for program details and requirements.
Columbia College's Evening program offers three bachelor's degree programs in education: Early Childhood Education (BA); Elementary Education (BA); and Special Education (BA). See the links on the right side of this page for program details and requirements or click on the "Evening" tab at the top of the page.
Goals of the Program
The Teacher Education program seeks to:
- 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 enter public classrooms to begin learning and teaching. Students participate in three sequential experiences in public schools: Shadowing in Schools, Apprenticeship in Schools, and the Internship (Directed Teaching). Columbia College has formal partnerships with public schools in the Columbia area.
For information on Columbia College's teacher preparation programs, please download the Teacher Education Handbook.