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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  Jun 22, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

College of Education

Jon E. Pedersen, Dean
Erik Drasgow, Graduate Director and Associate Dean
Michael A. Seaman, Special Assistant to the Dean
Rob L. Dedmon, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Academic Affairs
Simone Gause, Assistant Dean for Administration
Ryan Inzana, Assistant Dean for Business and Chief Financial Officer  
Cindy Van Buren, Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Professional Preparation


The College of Education is a member of  the National Network for Education Renewal and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. 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 as certificate 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 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. Master’s and educational specialist applicants typically have two or more years professional experience and doctoral candidates have typically been in the field five or more years.


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  

College of Education Program (Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction)