Letter from the Dean

Greetings and welcome to the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I am honored to serve as dean of the School of Education, and invite you to explore our webs ite and learn more about our outstanding programs and learning opportunities. At USC Upstate, we are committed to offering the type of high-quality education and training that prepares students to pursue professional excellence, grow as reflective lifelong learners, impact their community and region, and participate as professionals and citizens in a diverse, global, and rapidly changing society. 

Our partnerships with school districts, local and regional agencies, and community organizations are central to our mission, and allow us to meet the needs of the region as well as support and engage in innovation. Here at USC Upstate, training and learning are not confined to the traditional classroom. Student interaction and outreach with professionals in schools, community organizations, and facilities throughout the region develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills that allow our students to become leaders in their field.  We train future professionals to be inclusive, innovative and creative problem-solvers who are prepared to address the challenges of the future. Our partnerships, as well as our offerings on the Greenville and Sumter campuses, assure students receive relevant, innovative, and field-based instruction positioning them to be leaders and change-agents in a diverse world.

Programs at the School of Education include academic offerings in early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, physical and special education, as well as Child Development and Family Studies. Our graduate and post-baccalaureate programs support those transitioning to a new career in education as well as professionals pursuing career development, recertification, or new certification areas. Faculty and staff are deeply committed to student success and academic excellence, and our smaller class size allows our faculty to use the kind of high-impact teaching practices that foster learning and growth. At USC Upstate, our faculty members are exceptional teachers, scholars, as well as committed members of the professions we serve. The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the South Carolina Department of Education. 

USC Upstate is celebrating 50 years of offering educational experiences that change lives and power the region. I invite you to learn more about our programs and faculty, get a sense of the exciting opportunities available to our students, and envision how our programs would prepare you for professional success. Our alumni, students, staff, and faculty are examples of deeply committed professionals making a difference in the region, state, and nation through innovative approaches in education and exercise science. Whether you are a future student, an alum, or a community member, we encourage you to join us in our work.

 Laura K. Reynolds, Ph.D. Dean, School of Education

Laura K. Reynolds, Ph.D.                                
School of Education
University of South Carolina Upstate

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