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Requirements for Master of Education Degrees

USC Upstate degrees are not designed for the purpose of initial teacher certification. Initial teacher certification is required for admission to a M.Ed. degree program. 

Early Childhood or Elementary Education degrees require

  1. Successful completion of an approved program of study providing 36 hours of graduate credit, of which at least 50 percent must be earned in courses numbered 700 or above (the remainder may be in courses numbered 500-699).
  2. Successful defense of a Graduate Professional Portfolio. The Graduate Professional Portfolio is introduced during the initial orientation to graduate programs for degree candidates. During program courses and continuing professional experience, candidates accumulate artifacts for the portfolio. Candidates select for the portfolio, those artifacts which most clearly document their professional development, prepare a rationale for the inclusion of items in each section of the portfolio, and defend the portfolio before a panel of faculty and peers. Full details for the Graduate Professional Portfolio are included in the USC Upstate Graduate Handbook.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required on the total graduate program with a minimum average of B on all 700-800 level courses. An accumulation of grades below B on any 12 hours of graduate work attempted at the university will disqualify a student for a graduate degree.  Professional development courses may be considered as part of a degree program if the coursework is consistent with the program. Questions should be directed to the Director of the Office of Graduate Programs.

Other requirements

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required on the total graduate program with a minimum average of B on all 700-800 level courses. An accumulation of grades below B on any 12 hours of graduate work attempted at the university will disqualify a student for a graduate degree.  Professional development courses may be considered as part of a degree program if the coursework is consistent with the program. Questions should be directed to the Director of the Office of Graduate Programs. 

No more than 6 hours of professional development courses may be used in a degree program.

Early Childhood Education course requirements

Elementary Education course requirements

SPECIAL EDUCATION: VISUAL IMPAIRMENT degree requires

The Master of Education degree in Special Education: Visual Impairment is a degree offered collaboratively by USC Upstate and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Orientation sessions for potential candidates are offered prior to the beginning of the Summer sessions and at the beginning of the Fall semester. 

The Masters in Special Education-Visual Impairment requires:

  1. Successful completion of an approved program of study providing 38 hours of graduate credit.
  2. Successful completion of a case study demonstrating competency in working with individuals with visual impairment. The portfolio will be a requirement in SVIP 735: Practicum in Special Education.

For the degree, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required on the total graduate program. An accumulation of grades below B on 12 hours of graduate work attempted at the university will disqualify a student for a graduate degree.

Every candidate admitted for the degree of Master of Education in Special Education – Visual Impairment will have a faculty advisor assigned to monitor the program of study. The program is a Cohort model intended to be completed in 2 calendar years; however, the program may be extended over four years. Embedded in degree requirements are courses required for an endorsement in vision education.

Special Education: Visual Impairment course requirements

 

Academic Regulations
Students may obtain a degree following the requirements in force at the time they are admitted to degree candidacy, or under subsequent regulations published while they are degree candidates. However, students are restricted in the choice of requirements to one specific catalog. Students have a period of six years inclusive and continuous in which to claim the rights of a specific catalog. Students may request permission to revalidate USC/USC Upstate program courses falling outside the six-year parameter. With the approval of the director of graduate programs, the student will work under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member to update course content and to demonstrate competency on an examination.  Students are advised that unforeseen circumstances may interfere with the scheduling of any given course or degree offering. Students are required to take such developments into account as they arise, even if doing so means a delay in the fulfillment of some of their academic
goals or modification of those goals.


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Program Contacts

Education
Tina Herzberg, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Education
864-503-5572

Informatics
Ron Fulbright, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Department of Informatics
864-503-5683

Nursing

Tracey Bourgoin

Graduate Program Advisor

864-503-5508

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