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Student Academic Services

Certification

 

The College of Education has certification options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The certification programs are distinctive due to the extensive work with the teachers and administrators in the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network. These dedicated professionals host our students from the first year on campus through the year-long Internship experiences and provide meaningful opportunities to engage in schools and the profession from the start.

 

Certification Areas Available

    A certification program is available at the undergraduate level as the B.S. in Early Childhood Education.

    A graduate level certification program will be coming in fall 2020! Check back soon for more information.

    See more info here.

    A certification program is available at the undergraduate level as the B.S. in Elementary Education.

    A graduate level certification program will be coming in fall 2020! Check back soon for more information.

    See more info here.

    Beginning in fall 2020 students will choose a primary suject of focus (English Language Arts, mathematics, science, or social studies) and can add additional subject areas as desired.

    A certification program is available at the undergraduate level as the B.S. in Middle Level Education.

    A graduate level certification program will be coming in fall 2020! Check back soon for more information.

    See more info here.

    A certification program is available at the undergraduate level as the B.S. in Special Education. This program is multi-categorical. As such candidates are prepared to serve students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. All students complete coursework preparing them to serve students with severe disabilities (see add-on information).

    A graduate level certification program will be coming in fall 2020! Check back soon for more information.

    See more info here.

    Undergraduate pathways for all programs except Chemistry are available through a collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. Students major in the content area and complete the teacher education certification coursework. Further multiple options for certification exist at the graduate level through the M.A.T.-Accelerated and M.A.T.-Traditional pathways.

    See information by subject at the following links:

    Biology

    Chemistry

    English

    Mathematics

    Social Studies

    Undergraduate pathways for all programs are available through a collaboration with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students major in the content area and complete the teacher education certification coursework. Further multiple options for certification exist at the graduate level through the M.A.T.-Accelerated and M.A.T.-Traditional pathways.

    See information by subject at the following links:

    Dance

    Music

    Theatre

    Visual Art

    Undergraduate pathways are available for both French and Spanish through a collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. Students major in the content area and complete the teacher education certification coursework. Further multiple options for certification exist at the graduate level through the M.A.T.-Accelerated and M.A.T.-Traditional pathways.

    See more info here.

    Certification as a School Psychologist is available through a combined Master of Science (M.S.) and Specialist School Psychology (S.S.P.) program. This program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences

    See more info here.

    Two programs are available for individuals interested in school leadership. A Master of Education program is designed to provide coursework and experiences that prepare individuals for roles as school-based leaders. A Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) program targets individuals interest in district level leadership prositions. The Ed.S. program is also a gateway to doctrate study in education leadership.

    See more info here.

    The Master of Education program is to prepare graduates for a position as a school counselor in a variety of school settings.

    See more info here.

 

 Certification and Endorsement Options

    All undergraduate teacher education majors/minors and M.A.T. students will receive Initial Certification in the area of their major/minor (e.g., Elementary Education, Secondary Social Studies) at the time of program completion. Student Academic Services will facilitate that process at the time of graduation.

    Students will receive specific information on processes during the final semester of their program.  Common forms needed include:

    College Recommendation Form 1 - Classroom Teaching (pdf - 432 kb)
    College Recommendation Form 1 - Service and Leadership (pdf - 433 kb)
    Transcript Request Form 2 (pdf - 181 kb)

      Internship II Background Check Info (pdf - 419 kb)

      South Carolina law requires that all individuals enrolled in a teacher education program in South Carolina must undergo a fingerprint check prior to student teaching. 

      Should you have questions about the fingerprinting process, please contact Joanna Harris at 803/323-4738 or harrisjp@winthrop.edu.

      Most program require certification assessments. More information on requirements for teacher certification are available here.

    Once awarded certification at the initial level, teachers can apply for additional certification areas to extend their grade levels or subject areas. For example, a students completing the B.S. in Elementary Education will take all coursework necessary to be ready to apply for both Elementary and Early Childhood certifications. Once the individual successfully passes the exam for Early Childhood certification, an application can be made to add-on Early Childhood thus extending certification from P-6. Many add-on options exist. More information on popular combinations is provided below.

    Student Academic Services will support this process at the time of graduation and can provide guidance after graduation. Once an individual earns a professional liscense there are additional options to add-on certifications. More information is provided by the South Carolina Department of Education.

     

    Once you have completed the specific courses and tests required for the add-on licensure, you will be able to add areas to your South Carolina license by submitting the following to the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Educator Services:

    1. Request for Change/Action Form (pdf - 268 kb). Check box #2 and write in the licensure area you wish to add.
    2. Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content-area examination(s) (Praxis Subject Area Assessment) required by the South Carolina State Board of Education. See section above on Testing Requirements.

    For additional information, please refer to the South Carolina State Department of Education website for their requirements for add-on licensure.


      Students in the B.S. in Elementary Education and the B.S. in Early Childhood Education automatically take all coursework required for P-6 certification upon passing the Praxis Subject Assessment in both areas. Students are encouraged to pursue this option as many states do not divide the grade level certifications as they are configured in South Carolina.

      Early Childhood Add-On (108K)

      Elementary Add-On (112K)

      Students in the B.S. in Special Education automatically take the coursework required to add certification in severe disability and elementary education. Upon passing the additional Praxis Subject Area Assessment, a completer can apply for one more of the possible endorsements.

      Students in the B.S. in Middle Level Education program have the ability to add additional subject areas to the primary focus through coursework in the discpline and a passing score on the appropriate Praxis Subject Area Assessment.

      Middle Level Add-On (215K)

      Students pursuing a secondary content teaching field (undergraduate and graduate) can take a series of two additional courses in middle level theory and structure to add the same content area for grades 5 to 8 without additional testing when the application is made at the time of the initial certification application.

      History Add-On (103K)

      Science Add-On (113K)

      Science Single-Field Add-On (202K)

      Social Studies Broad-Field Add-On (108K)

      Social Studies Single-Field Add-On (199K)

      World Language Add-On (119K)

     

    An endorsement is a set of courses (typically two or three) in a specific area that are designed to provide a classroom teacher with extended knowledge on a specific topic. Endorsements are acknowledged by the state but they are not additional certification areas. Common offerings available at  Winthrop include:

    • Working with students indefined as Academically Gifted
    • Working with English Learners
    • Using PBL for instruction
    • Read-to-Succeed

 

Related Links

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf - 645 kb)

View Certification Status for South Carolina

Primary Certification Resources for South Carolina

State Application Information

 

Last Updated: 4/9/20