Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Teacher Education Admissions

All individuals interested in completing a teacher education program of study within the School of Education must complete three key steps, called "transition points."

Successful completion of a teacher education begins with three transition points after the declaration of a major in an area of teacher education. The three transition points for teacher education majors are as follows: Admission to Teacher Education; Admission to Clinical Practice; and University Recommendation for South Carolina licensure upon completion of the program.

Declaration of Major

Information including GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and field experience evaluations will be collected for all individuals officially declaring a major in one of the teacher education programs.

Transition Point I. Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to teacher education is based upon consideration of each student’s academic achievement, professional and leadership potential, and dispositions. Any student desirous of completing a major in one of the 7 teaching options must seek formal admission to the teacher education program. The following steps are to be completed by a student for formal admission to candidacy:

  • Completion of at least 45 semester hours of course work
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75
  • Passing Praxis I/Praxis Core scores* (reading, writing and mathematics)
  • Acceptable score on Interview I
  • Acceptable scores on Field Experience Evaluations I

Once the student has been formally notified of admission to a teacher education program, he/she is then considered a Teacher Candidate and is eligible to enroll in specialized methods courses. Students must be admitted to teacher education at least one semester prior to enrolling in Student Teaching.

Transition Point II. Professional Clinical Practice

Admission to teacher education is based upon consideration of candidates’ continuous academic achievement, professional and leadership potential, and dispositions. Candidates must seek formal admission to professional clinical practice. The following steps are to be completed by a candidate for formal admission to professional clinical practice as a Student Teacher:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade average of 2.75
  • 100 documented field experience hours
  • Passing Praxis II scores* (all tests required for licensure)
  • Passing scores on the Principles of Learning and Teaching* (PLT) at the grade level appropriate for certification
  • Acceptable score on Interview II
  • Acceptable score on Field Experience Evaluations III
  • Approved SC Department of Education application
  • Pass background check (fingerprint review)

Transition Point III: Graduation – Recommendation for Certification

The final formal stage of the teacher preparation program involves candidates’ completion of the professional clinical experiences, a passing grade in Student Teaching and satisfactory scores on all professional clinical evaluations. The following steps are to be completed by a candidate for recommendation for licensure and Completer designation:

  • Earned a minimum cumulative grade average of 2.75
  • Grade of “C” or better in Student Teaching (EDUC 450)
  • Acceptable score on the Professional Portfolio
  • Acceptable score on the Unit Work Sample
  • Acceptable score on the Long Range Plan
  • Acceptable score on the Mentor Teacher Evaluation
  • Acceptable score on the University Supervisor Evaluation
  • Completed Candidate Exit Survey

*Visit for further details on Praxis requirements. See expanded information under Entrance to a Teacher Preparation Program for Praxis I requirements, under Principles of Learning for grade level appropriate PLT, and under Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas for the Praxis II test requirements associated with the degree of study.

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