South Carolina Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in South Carolina is designed to help aspiring teachers find the best teacher preparation program to become a certified teacher. In order to teach in South Carolina, teachers must complete a program at an accredited school. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities in the state that offer degree programs. For useful information on the various teaching degrees offered in South Carolina, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. This guide can help prospective students looking to work in education as well as those looking to change their current career find the best program for their goals.

Quick Facts

  • There are 36 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in South Carolina.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 30 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 22 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 4 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 3 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 9 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 27 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in South Carolina

    Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

    • Wofford College (#128)
    • Clemson University (#150)
    • Furman University (#157)
    • University of South Carolina (#187)

    *Institution-wide ranking.

    US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

    • Clemson University (#71 tie)
    • University of South Carolina (#75 tie)
    • South Carolina State University (#195-258)

    US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

    • Clemson University (#1 tie)
    • University of South Carolina (#34 tie)
    • Anderson University (#84 tie)
    • The Citadel (#177 tie)
    • Coastal Carolina University (#228-299)
    • Coker College (#228-295)
    • Converse College (#228-295)
    • Southern Wesleyan University (#228-295)
    • Winthrop University (#228-295)

    Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

    We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in South Carolina according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the South Carolina Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

    While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

    You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

    Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

    State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
    Anderson UniversityYes21811193%$21,816
    Benedict CollegeYes21$19,340
    Bob Jones UniversityNo46%10657100%$14,416
    Charleston Southern UniversityYes29%57%3135998%$17,858
    Claflin UniversityYes1413100%$18,089
    Clemson UniversityYes98%599160100%$18,757
    Coastal Carolina UniversityYes57%37115397%$16,224
    Coker CollegeYes2211100%$16,464
    College of CharlestonYes41%76%35415494%$19,790
    Columbia CollegeYes79%17931100%$17,550
    Columbia International UniversityNo281392%$18,476
    Converse CollegeYes29%37%2345296%$19,245
    Erskine CollegeYes1311100%$34,550
    Francis Marion UniversityYes36950100%$11,935
    Furman UniversityYes92%5923100%$32,951
    Lander UniversityYes2%1507493%$14,570
    Limestone CollegeYes12%2711100%$23,935
    Morris CollegeYes$16,472
    Newberry CollegeYes482583%$19,427
    North Greenville UniversityYes81%40966100%$16,821
    Presbyterian CollegeYes221492%$20,518
    South Carolina State UniversityYes60%1122100%$21,112
    Southern Wesleyan UniversityYes79%71%1452095%$16,008
    The CitadelYes37%6735100%$17,017
    University of Southern Carolina-AikenYes23%5953100%$14,821
    University of Southern Carolina-BeaufortYes86%1313100%$16,266
    University of Southern Carolina-ColumbiaYes91%87%352350100%$20,271
    University of Southern Carolina-UpstateYes54%59%20614591%$14,730
    Winthrop UniversityYes98%28116699%$16,970
    Wofford CollegeNo113$27,101

    *The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
    **Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

    Profiles of Well-Known Schools

    University of South Carolina: The University of South Carolina’s College of Education is home to the departments of educational and leadership policies, educational studies, instruction and teacher education, and physical education and athletic training. Each department offers several degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. One of the most highly regarded departments is the educational leadership and policies. The Department is made up of two distinct areas – CD-12 Educational Administration and Higher Education and Student Affairs. The instructional programs prepare students to go out fully prepared to engage their professions with intelligence and wisdom beyond their years. South Carolina graduates enjoy a large network of alumni with over 40,000 graduates, many of which remain in the state.

    South Carolina State University: The South Carolina State University Department of Education is the academic unit that prepares current and future educational professionals for placement in the k-12 educational system. The Department prepares students for their roles as teachers, counselors, administrators, and superintendents. The department has recently adopted a new curricular model based that molds students into intelligent, competent and self-reflective education practitioners no matter what their educational level or experience. Students learn effective pedagogy from dynamic faculty that have years of experience in the field combined with years of intensive, cutting-edge research.

    Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in South Carolina

    Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

    Aiken Technical College*
    2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy
    Graniteville, SC 29829
    (803) 593-9231

    Anderson University
    316 Boulevard
    Anderson, SC 29621
    (864) 231-2000

    Benedict College
    1600 Harden St
    Columbia, SC 29204-1086
    (803) 256-4220

    Charleston Southern University
    9200 University Blvd
    Charleston, SC 29410-8087
    (843) 863-7000

    Citadel Military College of South Carolina
    171 Moultrie St
    Charleston, SC 29409
    (843) 225-3294

    Claflin University
    400 Magnolia St
    Orangeburg, SC 29115-4498
    (803) 535-5000

    Clemson University
    201 Sikes Hall
    Clemson, SC 29634
    (864) 656-4636

    Student Review: “I currently attend Clemson University in Clemson, SC. For me, I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be to earn my undergraduate degree. The campus is located on Lake Hartwell and near to the mountains. While there are many students in attendance at Clemson, it is still easy to make close friends and groups that can make the learning experience all the more enjoyable. Lots of new buildings and renovations to older buildings has been occurring, improving the classrooms and learning tools available to students. Downtown Clemson is only a short walk away, and having a bike on campus is a definite plus because it makes getting to class a breeze. The only real improvement that’s needed is to have better regulations concerning parking on campus for students, especially since there doesn’t seem to be enough spaces for everyone.” -Cynthia W., student at Clemson University
    Student Review: “Clemson is the best place on earth! I spent four years there and wish I had many more to spend there! Clemson is a unique place in that it really values tradition, as well as growth (both academically and personally). The environment at Clemson is so different than any other place I’ve been. There is something “in those hills” that creates a community. There is a feeling of family and unity that you get the minute you step foot on campus whether it is solid orange Friday (where everyone wears Orange) or gathering for campus-wide organizations. Every day is a perfect day at Clemson!” -Jean L., student at Clemson University
    Student Review: “I thought that the program did a decent job. Our partnerships with area schools in Pickens County were useful in getting us used to a classroom and seeing successful teachers operate in their environment. I do think that there was a little too much focus in our classes on ideal scenarios without a whole lot of practical application, which made things such as classroom management difficult to figure out until I was an actual teacher. I think something that probably plagues a lot of these programs, is they are generally being taught by educators who have either never been in a real classroom, or haven’t been in quite some time. I don’t really know how you bridge that issue, other than offering current teachers part time jobs or something to talk about what it’s really like out there in the field. I also think that throwing students in multiple scenarios could be helpful: i.e. an urban environment, a suburban environment, and a rural environment, but that may be somewhat difficult because of where the campus is located. Overall, I got some good things out of the experience, but I can’t say I didn’t have to learn a ton on the job once I got out.” -Student at Clemson University

    Coastal Carolina University
    108 James P. Blanton Cir
    Conway, SC 29526
    (843) 347-3161

    Coker College
    300 E College Ave
    Hartsville, SC 29550
    (843) 383-8000

    College of Charleston
    66 George St
    Charleston, SC 29424-0001
    (843) 953-5500

    Student Review: “I thoroughly enjoyed my teaching experience at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. My professors, mentors, and overall academic coursework was rigorous and allowed for me to not only explore educational topics of my own interest, but also educational topics that were relevant to that particular time period. Continued professional development allows for me to continue to learn and grow in the field of education. Additionally, I have continued opportunities to grow and learn about being an educator in my workplace. I felt as though I was fully prepared for the workforce and that my professors and mentors prepped me for the realities of teaching.” -Student at College of Charleston
    Student Review: “I had a great time during my teacher preparation program at the College of Charleston. The staff and faculty members were extremely knowledgeable. The classes were in depth and detailed and prepared you for the classroom. One particular area of note that the College of Charleston has is its Teacher Leader program. This is a program that allows for hand-selected teacher candidates to connect with educational leaders across the country. The program kicks off with an inaugural trip to Washington, DC and typically ends with a dinner detailing the accomplishments of each candidate. However, one aspect of the program that I disliked was the lack of classroom management preparation and the lack of preparation to teach students with disabilities in the general education classroom.” -Student at College of Charleston

    Columbia College-Columbia
    1301 Columbia College Dr
    Columbia, SC 29203
    (803) 786-3012

    Columbia International University
    7435 Monticello Rd
    Columbia, SC 29203-1513
    (803) 754-4100

    Converse College
    580 E Main St
    Spartanburg, SC 29302-0006
    (864) 596-9000

    Erskine College
    2 Washington St
    Due West, SC 29639
    (864) 379-2131

    Florence-Darlington Technical College*
    2715 W Lucas St
    Florence, SC 29501-0548
    (843) 661-8324

    Francis Marion University
    4822 E Palmetto St
    Florence, SC 29506
    (843) 661-1362

    Furman University
    3300 Poinsett Hwy
    Greenville, SC 29613-6162
    (864) 294-2000

    Student Review: “I attended Furman University for both my B.A. in English and my M.A. in literacy. The B.A. really prepared me to be a teacher, especially with content. I felt ready to teach after taking such a variety of English classes with knowledgeable, kind professors. The education faculty are helpful and passionate; I learned a lot from them. I still keep up with several of the professors and have great conversations about teaching and best practices. My M.A. prepared me to be a teacher and a scholar. The professors asked me to question my own teaching and to ensure my lessons were rich with research-supported practices. I am a better professional because of this program which changed the way I viewed the profession of teaching.” -Student at Furman University

    Greenville Technical College*
    506 S Pleasantburg Dr
    Greenville, SC 29607-2416
    (864) 250-8111

    Horry-Georgetown Technical College*
    2050 Highway 501 E
    Conway, SC 29526
    (843) 347-3186

    Lander University
    320 Stanley Ave
    Greenwood, SC 29649-2099
    (864) 388-8000

    Student Review: “Lander University is a school that does a very good job of producing teachers. I feel like the faculty did a great job of preparing me as much I could be prepared for teaching in the South Carolina school system. I had a great set of lesson plans, lots of classroom time, and a good understanding of proper discipline. The only drawback of the program is that there was not great support when you were having trouble with credits or graduation approval. Also, as an alumnus, it is very difficult to get someone from the registrar’s office to reply to your questions. In general, I would recommend this program if you are great at getting information independently.” -Jennifer G., student at Lander University

    Limestone College
    1115 College Dr
    Gaffney, SC 29340-3799
    (800) 795-7151

    Midlands Technical College*
    1260 Lexington Dr
    West Columbia, SC 29170-2176
    (803) 738-8324

    Morris College
    100 West College St
    Sumter, SC 29150-3599
    (803) 934-3200

    Newberry College
    2100 College St
    Newberry, SC 29108
    (803) 276-5010

    North Greenville University
    7801 N Tigerville Rd
    Tigerville, SC 29688-1892
    (864) 977-7000

    Northeastern Technical College*
    1201 Chesterfield Hwy
    Cheraw, SC 29520-1007
    (843) 921-6900

    Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College*
    3250 Saint Matthews Rd
    Orangeburg, SC 29118-8299
    (803) 536-0311

    Piedmont Technical College*
    620 N Emerald Rd
    Greenwood, SC 29646
    (864) 941-8324

    Presbyterian College
    503 S Broad St
    Clinton, SC 29325
    (864) 833-2820

    South Carolina State University
    300 College St NE
    Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001
    (803) 536-7000

    Southern Wesleyan University
    907 Wesleyan Dr
    Central, SC 29630-1020
    (864) 644-5000

    Spartanburg Community College*
    Business I-85
    Spartanburg, SC 29303
    (864) 592-4600

    Tri-County Technical College*
    7900 US Hwy 76
    Pendleton, SC 29670
    (864) 646-1500

    Trident Technical College*
    7000 Rivers Ave
    Charleston, SC 29423-8067
    (843) 574-6111

    University of South Carolina-Aiken
    471 University Pkwy
    Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 648-6851

    University of South Carolina-Columbia
    Columbia, SC 29208
    (803) 777-7000

    Student Review: “I loved my time at the University of South Carolina. The beautiful campus is located in the center of downtown Columbia. There is a large population of students so it can be easy to feel lost at times but the friendly atmosphere of fellow students and staff help make up for it. There is beautiful scenery in the area such as the Horseshoe or taking in a game at Williams Brice Stadium. There are a plethora of dorms to suit all students and living on campus is wonderful. There are plenty of places to eat, study, or have fun.” -Joseph T., student at University of South Carolina – Columbia

    Winthrop University
    119 Tillman Hall
    Rock Hill, SC 29733
    (803) 323-2211

    York Technical College*
    452 S Anderson Rd
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
    (803) 327-8000

    An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

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    3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
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    5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
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