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Winthrop University Teacher Education Programs

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
    Certification: PreK-3
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    Certification: Grades 2-6
Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education
    Certification: Grades 5-8
        Language Arts/Mathematics
        Language Arts/Science
        Language Arts/Social Studies
Bachelor of Science in Special Education
    Certification: Grades K-12
        Learning/Emotional Disabilities
        Mental/Severe Disabilities
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
    Certification: Grades K-12

Important Forms and Documents

Teacher Education Calendar
Conceptual Framework
College of Education Forms

Degree Checklists

Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Middle Level Education- Language Arts/Mathematics
Middle Level Education- Language Arts/Science
Middle Level Education- Language Arts/Social Studies
Special Education- Learning/Emotional Disabilities
Special Education- Mental/Severe Disabilities
Physical Education- Teacher Certification

Information Sessions

Students applying for Admission to the Teacher Education Program must attend one information session before being admitted.  Please click here for a list of information session dates.

Undergraduate Admission to Teacher Education Program

All students seeking to complete a degree which leads to teacher certification, must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education.  Students must apply to the Teacher Education Program using the Online Application.  For additional information regarding admission to the Teacher Education program, please visit our Teacher Education pageNOTE: Please do not submit application until ALL requirements have been met.

PRAXIS Information

All undergraduate students must meet a testing requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program in South Carolina.  Students who do not already meet the admissions testing requirement through the ACT or SAT are encouraged to take (or retake) the ACT, SAT, or PRAXIS I as early as possible.  Admission to the Teacher Education Program is dependent on meeting the minimum score required on either the SAT, ACT, or PRAXIS I.  These testing requirements also apply for recipients of the South Carolina Teachers Loan.  For specific score requirements and additional information regarding The PRAXIS Series™, please visit our PRAXIS Information page


South Carolina uses the ADEPT system to Assist, Develop, and Evaluate Professional Teaching.  Please visit our to obtain more information.


For information regarding certification levels in South Carolina and requirements for obtaining certification in South Carolina, please visit our Certification page.  You may also visit the South Carolina State Department of Education to check your certification status and for additional information.


The advisor/advisee relationship is a valued experience at Winthrop University.  Please visit Student Academic Services' Advising page for additional information.

Teacher Cadets

The Teacher Cadet Program is an innovative approach designed to attract talented young people to the teaching profession through a challenging introduction to teaching. The Program seeks to provide high school students insight into the nature of teaching, the problems of schooling and the critical issues affecting the quality of education in America's schools. The Teacher Cadet Program is operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, which is located on the campus of Winthrop University.  By completing the Teacher Cadet program in high school, students will have met the 25-hours Youth Experience requirement needed for admission to the Teacher Education program.  For more information about Teacher Cadet, please visit

Teaching Fellows Program

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program provides scholarships of $6,000 per year to up to 200 SC residents who qualify for the scholarship as high school seniors. The selected students must pursue certification in any area of education in one of the eleven Teaching Fellows institutions in South Carolina. The scholarship is funded each year by the General Assembly. Winthrop University’s Teaching Fellows Program provides Teaching Fellows with an intensive, coordinated service learning experience in working with children and families of Hispanic and other non-English speaking immigrants.

SC Teachers Loan

For information about the SC Teachers Loan, please visit  Applications are available at Student Academic Services (144 Withers), Financial Aid (119 Tillman), or available to download from the Student Loan Corporation.  Section 2 of the application must be completed by the office of Student Academic Services in the College of Education.


All students in the Teacher Education undergraduate and graduate programs are required to purchase LiveText.  LiveText is a course management system which contains many features that are helpful to both faculty and students.  For general information on purchasing and/or using LiveText, please go to  For information about LiveText at Winthrop University, visit