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School of Education:
Second Degree and "Certification Only" Study Leading to Teacher Certification

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from USC Upstate or any other accredited institution of higher education should pursue their teacher certification at USC Upstate through a second baccalaureate degree in the School of Education. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be classified as “certification only” and complete the requirements for certification without receiving a second baccalaureate degree.
All second degree and certification only students should clarify their degree status with the Associate Dean of the School of Education at the time of initial transcript review. Guidelines for transcript review include:

  1. Credit may be granted for all comparable general education courses. However, it is unusual for undergraduate mathematics courses to be comparable to the mathematics courses required for Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education.
  2. All students must present grades of “C” or better in a two course composition sequence and on one course in public speaking.
  3. All Early Childhood and Elementary Education students must satisfactorily complete a course in Children’s Literature or Adolescent Literature.
  4. All Special Education: LD students must satisfactorily complete a course in Children’s Literature or Adolescent Literature.
  5. In addition to the preceding general education requirements, those who elect the “certification only” option must complete ALL specific requirements in professional education. Middle and secondary level “certification only” students must complete ALL specific requirements in their area(s) of academic content.  
  6. The Dean of the School of Education will exercise professional judgement in accepting previous coursework, especially when such work may be out of date or not aligned with contemporary standards of preparation in teacher education.

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