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  Jul 13, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

College of Education

Les Sternberg, Dean
Michael A. Seaman, Associate Dean for Administration and Research
Irma J. Van Scoy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Bruce E. Field, Executive Director, School-University Partnerships and Clinical Experiences
Renee H. Connolly, Director, Accreditation and Quality Assurance

Department of Educational Leadership and Policies

Katherine Chaddock, Chair
Department of Educational Studies
Robert Johnson, Chair
Department of Instruction and Teacher Education
Diane Stephens, Chair
Department of Physical Education
Karen E. French, Chair

Faculty Departments
Overview Website


The College of Education is the anchor of the Professional Education Unit (PEU) of USC, which includes five other colleges/schools and carries full accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The College of Education, in cooperation with the other colleges and schools of the PEU, prepares collaborative educational leaders and advocates, offering degrees for teacher certification, counselor certification, and advanced degrees, as well ascertificate programs in career development facilitator and higher education leadership.

All students enrolled in graduate courses are subject to the academic regulations of The Graduate School and the College of Education. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of these rules and regulations. Students are particularly referred to the policies and procedures outlined in the bulletin’s section “The Graduate School.” In addition to The Graduate School’s academic standards for progression, the College of Education stipulates that 12 hours of credit below B on graduate work at the University of South Carolina will disqualify a candidate from a graduate degree in the College of Education. Individual program areas may have more stringent requirements. Although basic requirements for programs in the College of Education are set forth in the following pages, students are strongly encouraged to visit the College of Education Web site,, and particularly the Office of Student Affairs application page,, for further information and helpful guidelines in relation to specific programs. The Office of Student Affairs is located in Wardlaw 113.


Regulations and requirements for admission to graduate study and graduate degree candidacy in the College of Education correspond to those of The Graduate School. In accordance with the general regulations of The Graduate School, any applicant for graduate study is required to hold a baccalaureate degree and must submit scores from either the GRE or Miller’s Analogy Test as listed for each program/degree. Each applicant must also obtain at least two letters of recommendation (some programs require more) from those who can clearly attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions relevant to the degree sought. Many programs also require a supplemental application, a letter or statement of intent, and/or an interview. Requirements are specified under each program area in this document or may be viewed, in addition to further help information, at

Admission decisions in the College of Education are based on multiple indicators of an applicant’s potential academic success. Indicators include test scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, and other factors such as relevancy of prior degrees, related work experience, leadership roles, and interview performance. The profile of typical students admitted into the College of Education degree programs in fall 2006 on selected items is as follows:

For master’s and educational specialist degrees:

  • GRE scores of 467 verbal, 550 quantitative
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.38
  • Two to five years experience in the field.

For doctoral degrees:

  • GRE scores of 516 verbal, 575 quantitative
  • Graduate GPA 3.78
  • Five years or more of experience in the field


Click the links below to view programs and courses administered by each department.

Educational Leadership and Policies 

Educational Studies 

Instruction and Teacher Education 

Physical Education and Athletic Training 

Initial Teacher Certification Programs 

Interdisciplinary Programs for Teachers and Other Professionals in Education and Related Fields