Highlights and Special Initiatives
The School of Education has a variety of highlights and special initiatives underway. They are listed below and who is responsible also is listed.
EMERGE FAMILY THERAPY CLINIC (Dr. Cathy Sparks)
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 (Dr. Nur Tanyel & Patricia Voelker)
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.
EARLY LEARNING CENTER AT PARK HILLS SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 7 (Patricia Voelker)
The Early Learning Center at Park Hills and USC Upstate have developed a partnership, which provides university students in the Child Development and Family Studies Program clinical experiences in EDCF 452 with 4-K classrooms and internship opportunities.
WOODRUFF PRIMARY SPARTANBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 (Dr. Nur Tanyel)
Woodruff Primary school and USC Upstate have developed a professional relationship, which provides university students in the Child Development and Family Studies Program opportunities to observe 4-K classrooms and complete a child study assignment in EDCF 450.
AGAPI BEHAVIORAL CONSULTANTS (Dr. Nur Tanyel)
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.
LONE OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Dr. Ashley Anderson-Murray)
In collaboration with Mr. Keith Burton, Principal and the Lone Oak Elementary School faculty and staff, elementary teacher candidates enrolled in EDEL 455: Clinical I engage in reflective practice at this Title 1 School. Teacher candidates work to develop an understanding of how to meet the needs of diverse learners. During the clinical experience students participate in instructional and professional development opportunities in this K-5 setting. Lone Oak helps their students develop world class skills, life, and career characteristics through rigorous language and math instruction based on the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate via this partnership.
DUNBAR CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY LEARNING CENTER (Dr. Laura Hooks)
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.
INMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Dr. Ashley Anderson-Murray)
Elementary teacher candidates have the opportunity to observe and learn from students and teachers at Inman Elementary. In this K4-3 school, USC Upstate elementary candidates engage in best practices blended with the use of technology to build their toolbox of teaching strategies. Our teacher candidates work closely with the Inman classroom teachers to demonstrate professionalism and reflective practice.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERSHIP AT E.P. TODD ELEM. SCHOOL, DISTRICT SEVEN (Dr. Kela Goodman)
The USC Upstate Early Childhood Program has a partnership with EP Todd Elementary in Spartanburg District Seven. EP Todd is a 4K-8 Elementary. In Fall 2016, the school participated in a memorandum of understanding as part of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation process. The principal and the clinical instructor discussed preservice student placements, inservice teacher certification requirements, and literacy practices we know to be effective. To reciprocate the service of placing our students within 4-6 classrooms each semester, USC Upstate students in the Early Childhood Program serve as volunteers in their family nights. In the Spring of 2017, students served at Literacy Night at E.P.Todd Elementary. In the Fall of 2016, students served at the Fall Festival at E.P.Todd Elementary.
USC UPSTATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COLLABORATE TO PROVIDE STUDENT TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES IN GERMANY (Dr. Kela Goodman)
In spring 2013, USC Upstate School of Education and Center for International Studies partnered with the School 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 School of Education and Center for International Studies webpage. Dr. Kela Goodman as Program Leader takes the responsibility as translator and custodian of funds.
DISTRICT SIX and DISTRICT SEVEN SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP (Dr. Holly Pae)
With the support of the US Department of Education Special Education Pre-Service Improvement Grant, the Learning Disabilities Program established partnerships with local schools and to provide the USC Upstate students experiences necessary for K-12 certification preparation. These experiences involve three student considerations: to recognize the teaching responsibilities and student needs unique to elementary, middle, and secondary school levels; to teach within different delivery of service models including resource, self-contained, and general classrooms; and to work with students with learning disabilities who require a range of research-based instructional strategies and supports.
DORMAN HIGH SCHOOL (Dr. Kelvin Wu)
The Dorman High School and USC Upstate have developed a professional relationship, which provides university students in the Exercise and Sport Science program meaningful practicum experiences and student athletes at the Dorman High school enriching instructional experiences. Dr. Kelvin Wu have incorporated an individualized diet plan to a final project for students in Sport Nutrition (EXSC 459). University students interview high school athletes and design an individualized diet in order to complete the requested final project. During the interview sections, the principals and the athletic director at Dorman are working together to facilitate the process. Students first complete the initial interview with the high school athletes. At the end of semester, students must submit their final project to the instructor directly. Over each summer, the instructor works on reviewing students' nutrition plan and makes changes if necessary and then send the results to the athletic director for their student athletes to review and apply to their diet.
REAL MEN ARE TEACHERS (Dr. Leonard Starks, Dr. Marilyn Izzard and Dr. Jim Charles)
The Real Men Are Teachers (RMAT) program in the School of Education is designed to support and increase the applicant pool and productivity of African American male students 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 (Dr. Laura Hooks)
The School 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.
EVENING DEGREE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS (Dr. Laura Hooks and Dr. Jim Charles)
The School of Education offers the Early Childhood and Elementary Degree and Certification Program in the Evenings. Both programs have been designed specifically for currently employed The programs lead to degrees and SC Teacher certification. The programs are offered as cohorts. All coursework is completed in the evenings and online. The program can be completed in 2 1/2 - 3 years.
AMERICA READS TUTORING PROGRAM (Ms. Carla Owings)
The School 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. TEACHER CADETS TEACHER CADETS (Dr. Lee Hurren)
The South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention (CERRA) in collaboration with the School 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 School of Education; as well as lunch, group activities, campus tour, and a keynote presentation.”
Faculty members from the School 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 School 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 INSTITUTE: (Dr.Lee Hurren)
The USC Upstate School of Education 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.
PARTNERSHIP WITH SPARTANBURG DISTRICT 2 – GROW YOUR OWN (Dr. Bismarck)
Beginning in the summer of 2017, Spartanburg District 2 began a program to recruit current teachers in the district to become middle school mathematics teachers. USC Upstate has partnered with District 2 to provide their teachers with the courses they need to become certified in middle school mathematics. This process involved transcript analysis and coordination with the mathematics department.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION DIVERSITY CONFERENCE (Dr.Greta Freeman, Dr. Marilyn Izzard, Dr. Kela Goodman, Dr. Ashley Anderson-Murray, Dr.Cathy Sparks, and Dr. Lee Hurren)
This collaborative brings teacher education students from USC Upstate and Benedict College together each fall and spring to encourage understanding and growth regarding diversity by getting students from diverse backgrounds to meet and work with one another. Since its
beginning in 1998, the diversity collaborative, has grown from two original participating universities to a total of ten. In 1999, a fall conference was added at Benedict College to the spring conference at USC Upstate. In 2000, the decision was made to open up the conference to more colleges and universities in South Carolina. It is now strictly for students in their directed teaching (student teaching) semester, and includes student teachers from the following campuses: USC Upstate, Benedict College, South Carolina State University, Claflin University, Columbia International University, USC Columbia, Converse College, Morris College, Furman University and Wofford College. This highly successful conference has gained national recognition.
The CENTER for the RE-EDUCATION and ADVANCEMENT of TEACHERS in SPECIAL EDUCATION (CREATE) (Dr. Holly Pae)
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 School 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 School of Education in concert with Create strives to satisfy the growing needs for a highly qualified special education teacher force in South Carolina.
SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND (Dr. Marty McKenzie, and Dr. Tina Herzberg)
The USC Upstate School 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.