Bachelor of Arts Degree Program
College of Education
University of South Carolina
Revised March 2009
The College of Education faculty and staff go to great lengths to provide students all of the information that is necessary to complete its undergraduate programs in a clear and timely manner. However, it is the student's responsibility to thoroughly read all of the information available in handouts, on the College's web site, and in the USC On-line Bulletin. Likewise it is the student's responsibility to maintain accurate and current address, phone and e-mail information both with the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Education, and with the Office of the Registrar.
Any exceptions to the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements in elementary education must be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Affairs, and until and unless a student has received a written response in the affirmative, the exception does not exist.
Electives and University Placement Tests
Incoming freshmen are required to take placement tests in math and in a foreign language. The results of the tests determine specific placement in courses in the two areas. Some students who do not score well in math may find that they are required to enroll in a basic college math course, MATH 111. The B.A. degree in elementary education requires math courses at a higher minimum level, MATH 122. Accordingly, students should expect that any courses required by placement tests are in addition to those in the elementary education degree requirements. With careful planning, students are able to use a course such as MATH 111 to satisfy three of the nine hours of elective study in the elementary degree program.
Likewise, students scoring lower than a two on the foreign language placement test are required to satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC. If required to enroll in foreign language courses, students should be aware that these hours are in addition to the elementary education degree requirements. With careful planning the foreign language courses can be used as electives.
South Carolina Teacher Loan Program (TLP)
Under the current guidelines, South Carolina residents may be eligible
to apply for the TLP during the four years of your baccalaureate degree
program in the College of Education. Please be advised that you must
meet the Praxis I, SAT, or ACT testing requirement for
eligibility. Students are advised to take the Praxis I in their first
semester of enrollment for earliest consideration if SAT or ACT requirement
is not met. For more
Student Advisement Guide/Handbook
Typical Program for Elementary Level B.A. Degree Candidate
Elementary B.A. Program of Study Degree Candidate Worksheet