Initiatives and Partnerships

Child Development and Family Studies Program and The Franklin School Partnership

The Franklin School is a testament to the power of collaborative public-private partnership tp transform the landscape of Early Care and Education in conjunction with USC Upstate. 

The Franklin officially opened on January 7, 2019 with 135 students. The school is committed to a diverse community of students that reflects all of Spartanburg County. Active partners include: First Steps Early Head Start, First Steps Quality Counts, Piedmont Community Action Head Start, Spartanburg District Seven, USC Upstate Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) and the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health.  This one-of-a kind mixed-income learning center and laboratory school enrolls both Head Start and private-pay students, alongside the prioritized children of Northside residents, and partners with Upstate in the training of child development and family studies professionals. Since the first day the Franklin School opened, the audio and video recording of each classroom has taken place, creating an archive of audio and video assets that can be used by researchers and for professional development.

The Franklin School was conceived and operates as the CoEHPH early childhood (birth to age four) lab school, where students and faculty from have both an onsite classroom and can observe best teaching practices in preparation to become educators. Students also have access to the audio and video footage archive from each classroom through equipment owned by USC Upstate. The Franklin School is a model early learning center and serves as an example of what is possible when public and private partners unite around a common goal – to provide high-quality education, support families, and train new professionals.

For further questions, contact Dr. Nur Tanyel

Emerge Family Therapy Clinic

Emerge Family Therapy provides family therapy services to low fee clients who might not otherwise be able to afford services. The Child Development and Family Studies program places students for their internship who desire to not only work with young children, but also their families. Opportunities are provided to do parenting groups as well as observe play therapy sessions and family therapy sessions.

Ida Thompson Regional Child Development Center

The Ida Thompson Regional Child Development Center and USC Upstate have developed a professional relationship, which provides university students in the Child Development and Family Studies Program meaningful clinical experiences and internship opportunities. During clinical experiences students are integrated into the child care classroom settings for ages 3 months to 4 years for observation and activities. Child Development and Family Studies Program interns complete 480 hours interacting with children as well as shadowing the center director. Ida Thompson Regional Child Development Center also provides summer internship for our students.

Agapi Behavioral Consultants

AGAPI and Child Development and Family Studies Program developed a professional relationship that provides internship opportunities for our students including summer sessions. During this internship students who are interested in working with autistic children go through behavior modification training then assigned to children in order to practice the behavior modification strategies.

Dunbar Child Development and Family Learning Center

The Dunbar Child Development and Family Learning Center and USC Upstate have developed a professional relationship, which provides university students in the early childhood program meaningful practicum experiences and children at the center enriching instructional experiences. Students in EDEC 410, EDEC 420, EDEC 422, EDEC 424, ECEC 445, and EDFO 485 are integrated into the early childhood settings for observation and directed teaching.

Teacher candidates are encouraged to get to know the families of the children in their classes and are allowed the opportunity to plan and implement a family literacy program for those children and their families. The Dunbar Child Development and Family Learning Center is a part of Greenville County Public School System and provides services for Pre-K 3 and 4 year olds.

USC Upstate CoEHPH and the Center for International Studies

USC Upstate College of Education, Human Performance, and Health, and the Center for International Studies Collaborate to Provide Student Teaching Opportunities in Germany.

In spring 2013, USC Upstate College of Education, Human Performance, and Health and Center for International Studies partnered with the College of Education and the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal to provide the first professor led international student teaching experience, International Student Teaching in Germany. From 2013 to present, the partnership provides all Education students this

opportunity. Prior to their senior year when they student teach, the experience is advertised at study abroad fairs through the Center for International Studies, in Teaching Fellows meetings on our main campus and the University Center in Greenville, and various new student orientations. Communications with the International Studies Office at the University of Applied Science Magdeburg-Stendal involve plans with Principals of two to three schools where students observe and teach. The Europaschule Am Stadtsee is our home school and the Principal plans daily schedules to take advantage of our students American English expertise. Plans for introductory German language class through are made 6 weeks prior to our departure with the students. Ultimately, the students blog on the USC Upstate College of Education, Human Performance, and Health and Center for International Studies webpage. Dr. Kela Goodman as Program Leader takes the responsibility as translator and custodian of funds.

Real Men Are Teachers

The Real Men Are Teachers (RMAT) program in the College of Education is designed to support and increase the applicant pool and productivity of underrepresented populations in the teaching profession. Male preservice teachers gain a heightened visibility, preparation, as teacher leaders, and serve as Ambassadors for teacher education. The primary objective of the RMAT

initiative is to prepare males majoring in education at USC Upstate to become strong teacher/leaders. This objective is accomplished by program participant matriculating through a leadership0 curriculum and a mentoring component. The leadership curriculum expose participants to the current leadership trends and issues significant to future teacher/leaders. Each protégé is assigned an academic, personal and social mentor. The mentor exists to provide each protégé with informal insights of the profession from a seasoned practitioner.

Charles Lea Center

The College of Education has a partnership with the Charles Lea Center to provide campus classes and activities to adult clients. The College Enrichment Experience meets Wednesday nights and offers six classes – Basic Reading, Basic Math, Beginning Computer Skills, Current Events, History of Spartanburg, and Low-impact Aerobics. Additionally, clients have the opportunity to eat dinner on campus and attend extracurricular and cultural events.

America Reads Tutoring Program

The College of Education sponsors the America Reads tutoring program funded by federal work study funds. Monies are awarded to USC Upstate students each semester. Schools currently being served are Lone Oak Elementary, Hendrix Elementary, Mary H. Wright Elementary, and Cleveland Academy. Carver Middle School will be added in fall 2016. We normally employ and supervise 12 - 14 tutors each semester.


The South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention (CERRA) in collaboration with the College of Education sponsors the Teacher Cadet program, an honors high school class designed to attract academically talented students into the teaching profession. Since the implementation of the Teacher Cadet Program in 1986, thousands of bright young people have explored the field of education and approximately 38% of these have entered the profession. USC Upstate serves as a college partner with nine local Teacher Cadet sites: Boiling Springs, Broome, Byrnes, Chapman, Chesnee, Dorman, Greer, Landrum, Greenville Technical Charter and Spartanburg High Schools. : “Teacher Cadets from all 9 of the participating schools visit USC Upstate for a special College Day where they enjoy presentations by Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and the College of Education; as well as lunch, group activities, campus tour, and a keynote presentation.”

Faculty members from the College of Education visit these Teacher Cadet sites and present information from the curriculum. Planning sessions for the teachers, professional resources such as books ad videos, as well as a visitation day for cadets to tour the USC Upstate campus are provided. This collaboration between local high schools and the College of Education provides USC Upstate with the opportunity to showcase its programs to high schools seniors and recruit the next generation of teachers.

Teaching Fellows

The USC Upstate College of Education, Human Performance, and Health is 1 of 11 Teaching Fellows Institutes in the state. Our program is in the top 3 of the most desired choices for high school graduates applying to become a Fellow. The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and to help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to teach South Carolina's children. Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs in Teaching Fellows Institutions, professional development opportunities during summer months, involvement with communities and businesses throughout the state and receive up to $6000 in yearly scholarships for four years while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. The scholarship provides up to $5700 for tuition and board and $300 for summer enrichment programs (contingent on funding from the S.C. General Assembly) administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA). A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he/she received the Fellowship.

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a fellowship program for qualified South Carolina high school students who wish to pursue a degree in education and a career in South Carolina’s public schools following graduation. Administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, the program provides a $24,000 fellowship/loan over 4 years for up to 175 outstanding high school seniors. The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) is one of only 11 institutions in the state identified as a Teaching Fellows Institution. The first cohort of USC Upstate Teaching Fellows graduated in May 2006.

With a general theme of “Preparing Teachers for a Diverse Society” the Teaching Fellows Program at USC Upstate seeks to provide a wide range of enrichment experiences for this group of outstanding education majors, to nurture them as a community of learners, to introduce them to possibilities for leadership in K-12 schools, and to retain the Fellows -- not only at the institution but in the profession as well. Freshman and sophomore Fellows at USC Upstate are enrolled in a seminar class each semester built around a sequence of early experiences in K-12 schools. Each Fellow completes observation hours in primary grades, upper elementary grades, middle schools and high schools. A concerted effort is made to place students in settings where the K-12 student population is particularly diverse. Class meetings of the seminar are used to explore current issues in education, give direction to observations in the assigned K-12 settings, and to debrief after classroom visits. Fellows keep a journal during these early classroom experiences.

All Fellows participate in several meetings during the semester. These meetings are designed to allow the Fellows an opportunity to become acquainted and explore the opportunities and challenges of education as a career. Fellows form a collaborative bond that will extend beyond their years at Upstate and into their professional careers. Sophomore Fellows attend a professional conference. Junior Fellows travel as a group, usually together with Fellows from other Fellows institutions around the state, to explore diversity in an urban setting. Washington, DC and Atlanta were recent destinations. Senior Fellows focus their time and energy on being outstanding student teachers.

Fellows take on leadership roles on campus by participating in organizations such as TEACh, and a variety of other campus activities. They serve the Upstate community by performing required service hours each semester for a designated group. They participate in special Teaching Fellow activities—speaking to Teacher Cadet classes, assisting with Teacher Cadet Day on campus, attending the Teaching Fellows Advisory Board meetings, assisting with Teaching Fellow Interview Day, or helping prepare for Teaching Fellow meetings. Upstate Fellows may act as a mentor to a Fellow in their same major, update the website, Facebook page or write an article for the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health newsletter.

All Fellows are advised by Dr. Brooke Hardin, the Campus Director of the USC Upstate Teaching Fellows Program and a faculty member in the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health at USC Upstate. You may contact her using the information that follows:

Brooke Hardin, Campus Director
USC Upstate Teaching Fellows

For information about Teaching Fellows statewide, go to

The Center for the Re-Education and Advancement of Teachers in Special Education (CREATE)

USC Upstate is one of eleven universities and colleges participating in the CREATE consortium. This initiative funded by the South Carolina Office of Exceptional Children provides course scholarships and textbooks to over five hundred public school teachers completing their special education licensure. At USC Upstate, the College of Education provides tuition reimbursements and supplies to qualified full-time public school employees enrolled in the Visual Impairment Program. It also sponsors an on-line summer class in Learning Disabilities to special educators statewide. The College of Education in concert with Create strives to satisfy the growing needs for a highly qualified special education teacher force in South Carolina.

For further information, contact Dr. Holly Pae

South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

The USC Upstate College of Education works collaboratively with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB). SCSDB serves as a practicum, service learning, and field-based experience site for both graduate and undergraduate students. USC Upstate and SCSDB also work closely together to provide quality professional development for teachers across the state serving students who are blind and/or visually impaired.

For futher information, contact Dr. Tina Herzberg

Call Me MiSTER

USC Upstate, in collaboration with Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg District 7 Schools, is helping lead the way in recruiting African-American male teachers, mentors, and role models for South Carolina schools through the Call Me MiSTER (CMM) program.

Learn more about the program

For further information, contact Dr. Walter Lee