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School of Education

Teacher Education

As a part of the redesign of academic areas, the School of Education has reorganized into administrative offices that support 1) the three degree granting programs within the school, 2) the teacher education areas located within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as 3) the physical education courses that support the general education requirements for the University.

The teacher education areas at Claflin University that come under the governance of the School of Education and make up the PEU include Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Middle Level Education, and Music Education. These seven (7) areas all lead to licensure to teach in K-12 public schools.

Administration

The School of Education also houses administrative offices designed to support the work of faculty and students in the School of Education, and compliance areas for professional education units.  These four (4) offices are managed by coordinators and directors organized under the Office of the Dean in the School of Education.  The Dean of Education is considered the head of the PEU and the lead representative for national accrediting bodies, specialized professional associations (SPAs), and State governance.

The Office of Educational Technology is designed to support the Professional Education Unit (PEU) in areas requiring web, data, audio/visual and instructional technologies management, as well as technology instruction, integration and compliance. It also supports or helps coordinate the other offices' technology based functions, especially for the purposes of candidate data collection and dissemination. Visit 2014 data reporting for 2012-13 teacher candidates and completers.

The Office of Accreditation and Assessment is designed to provide support for the PEU in the areas of accrediting body reporting and unit assessment development and compliance as standards governing education programs periodically change. For more about teacher accreditation, please see the CAEP website and the NCATE list of accredited schools in SC.

The Office of Field and Clinical Experiences coordinates all activities between the School of Education and the University’s public school partners, primarily for the purpose of student placements. This is necessary for the fulfillment of at least 100 pre-clinical field hours, and a 60 day clinical internship required before a teacher candidate can be considered for licensure in South Carolina and many other states.

The Office of Academic Student Support Services exists to aid students declaring a major in teacher education with best practices for staying on task to transition into a teacher candidate. State law requires all individuals who complete a teacher education program that leads to initial certification at the undergraduate level to pass all parts of Praxis I (reading, writing, and mathematics). The Office of Academic Student Support Services assists students in passing this exam by providing information on the examination, general support in registering for the examination, and workshops that directly support students on competencies measured by the examination. The Office of Student Support also handles all advising responsibilities for students in the School of Education.

Program Name

Degree

Certification Level

Art Education

B.A.

K-12

Early Childhood Education

B.S.

pK-3

Elementary Education

B.S.

2-6

English Education

B.A.

9-12

Mathematics Education

B.S.

9-12

Middle Level Education

B.S.

5-8

Music Education

B.A.

K-12