Exercise Science students working in the class

Undergraduate Student Programs and Resources

The School of Education, Human Performance, and Health has developed curricula leading to the baccalaureate in six broad fields: Early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, physical education and special education - learning disabilities.

Although the number of credit hours required for graduation varies by subject, a minimum of 123 hours is required for any baccalaureate in the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health. Students should plan their program of study in advance with their assigned adviser each semester or summer session.

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Child Development & Family Studies

The Child Development and Family Studies Program prepares students for professional work with young children between the ages of birth to six years. Additionally, students are prepared to work with families from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Upon graduation, students will have opportunities to pursue positions as childcare practitioners in child development centers and family learning centers; as teachers in private school settings, Early Head Start and Head Start Programs and as parent educators in learning centers.  Also partnered with T.E.A.C.H Scholarship Program.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program provides preparation for teaching in PK-3 classrooms. A substantial portion of the curriculum consists of coursework in the liberal arts to establish a broad educational background prior to the professional sequence of courses. The professional sequence provides content and direct opportunities for field experience.

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Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program is designed to prepare students to teach in grades 2-6. The program consists of a general liberal arts background, professional educational training and preparation in a variety of public school settings.

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Middle Level Education

The program in Middle Level Education prepares candidates to teach in grades 5-8. The program emphasizes the physical, emotional, attitudinal and intellectual characteristics of adolescents. The program also emphasizes the organizational, curricular and pedagogical signature practices of middle schools through a core of liberal arts coursework and professional education coursework. This includes field-based practicum experiences in middle schools, student teaching in middle schools and intensive coursework in two areas of academic content concentration.

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Physical Education

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) concentration prepares students to teach physical education in grades K-12. In addition to a core program in the liberal arts, students undertake studies in the professional education area as well as in-depth study in physical education. Directed teaching for PETE majors is arranged at both the elementary and secondary levels. 

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Exercise Science

Exercise Science students are prepared for a variety of careers, including fitness specialist, personal training and strength and conditioning specialist. With graduate training, students can pursue careers in athletic training, sport nutrition, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant. Students are also prepared to take either the NSCA’s certified strength and conditioning specialist exam (CSCS) or the ACSM's certified physiologist (EP-C) exam. Passing one of these national exams can result in enhanced job opportunities.

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EXSC Advising FAQ

ACSM & NSCA Certification Information
ACSM - EP-C Certification Handbook
Registering for ACSM EP-C Exam
NSCA - CSCS Certification Handbook
Registering for NSCA Exam

EXSC 390 Field Experience
EXSC 390 Field Experience Contract
EXSC 390 Field Experience Requirements
EXSC 390 Site Supervisor Agreement
EXSC 390 Supervisor Letter
NSOR, SLED, and TB requirements

EXSC 480 Internship
EXSC 480 Internship Contract
EXSC 480 Internship Requirements
EXSC 480 Site Supervisor Agreement
EXSC 480 Supervisor Letter
NSOR, SLED, and TB requirements

How to Register Field Experience/Internship
Field Experience and Internship Recommendation List
How to sign up for Field Experience or Internship

Registration Dates
Contract, NSOR, SLED, and TB submission are due 1 week prior to each semester start date.
Fall 2019 deadline is August 15th
Spring 2020 deadline is January 6th
Summer 2020 deadline is April 29th

Special Education - Learning Disabilities

This program prepares students to be specialists in the creation and implementation of strategies to accommodate the needs of special education students identified with specific learning disabilities in PK-12 classrooms. Preparation emphasizes appropriate services, curricula, assessment and instruction required by students with special needs to support their participation in the general education curriculum. Applications of assistive and instructional technology permeate the program and collaborative skills, assessment procedures, applications of research and parent consultation skills are specific topics threaded throughout.

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Secondary Education

The program in Secondary Education prepares students to teach in grades 9-12 through a core of general liberal arts experiences, a student teaching experience and intensive coursework in a specific area of subject specialization. The secondary education curriculum may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending upon the chosen area of subject specialization. The Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and in social studies education require two semesters of foreign language study. Areas of subject specialization in secondary education at USC Upstate include biology, chemistry, English, foreign language (French or Spanish), mathematics and social studies.

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