May 18, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (BS)

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Federal CIP: 13.1202 Elementary Education and Teaching

The degree in Elementary Education is intended for those who plan to teach in second through fifth grade, and/or sixth grade if housed in an elementary school. As a part of the coursework, the teacher candidate will engage in four field experiences that will introduce the candidate to a variety of grade levels and school cultures. The bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education ensures that future teachers will be able to provide a high level of instruction in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, the Arts, Health, and PE, as well as provide instruction that addresses the diverse needs of Elementary age-students. This degree is recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education are expected to demonstrate the required knowledge according to each of the following standards.

  • Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment and Selectivity
  • Standard 4: Program Impact
  • Standard 5: Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity

Elementary Education BS Requirements

Majors must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than B- in all EDUC, EDRS, and PHED courses in their program.

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum  requirements. The following specific core curriculum course(s) is required.


*All EDUC, EDRS, and PHED courses require a B- minimum grade with an overall GPA of 2.75. Admittance into Lock I requires an overall GPA of 2.75.


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 42 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements 37 hrs.

Electives 0-2 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.


There is no additional content required for secondary teachers adding the same content field at the middle level. For add-on not within the same content field, 15 hours in the specified middle school level content or a minor in content area is required.


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for most bachelor’s degrees, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 

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