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About the College of Education



Clemson University’s College of Education is a transformative leader in systematically improving education, beginning at birth. We train teachers, counselors and leaders for P-12 schools; prepare counselors to serve in communities; train student affairs practitioners, administrators and faculty to serve in higher education; and prepare training and development specialists for business and industry. But we do even more. We engage tomorrow’s educators in high-quality research and professional learning that will help them make a difference in the world.

The College of Education is dedicated to enhancing the education and development of all students, particularly those in underserved communities. We not only shape the lives of individuals; we also help transform families and communities. We see a significant role for our college in the economic development of our state and nation, and we embrace Clemson’s land-grant mission to better the lives of South Carolina’s citizens.

The College of Education includes three academic departments - Education and Human Development; Educational and Organizational Leadership Development; and Teaching and Learning - and the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, home to nationally renowned classroom and clinical training for pre-service teachers, professional mentoring of early-career teachers, and cutting-edge continuing education for in-service teachers. The school is named for the late Eugene T. Moore, a 1949 graduate of Clemson University who committed his adult life to education as a teacher, coach and principal in Florence County, S.C. In 2003, Darla Moore, daughter of Eugene T. Moore, and Richard Rainwater gave a $10 million gift to Clemson to name the school in her father's honor.

The candidate performance in the College of Education is strong, and we are committed to our conceptual framework. We are nationally accredited by the state of South Carolina, NCATE (recently merged with TEAC to become CAEP), and CACREP. Our teacher preparation programs, literacy, and principal and superintendency educational leadership programs are nationally recognized by their specialized professional association standards.

We embrace a commitment to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and provide all with diverse experiences within our programs. Housed in the College of Education is the nationally acclaimed Call Me MISTER® program, as well as the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of Black Experience in Education. We also house the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and the Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina.

Accomplishments and Rankings
  • Highest rated education college in South Carolina and ranked No. 4 among land-grant universities in the Southeast, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools
  • Largest producer in South Carolina of middle school and secondary math and science teachers
  • South Carolina’s only elementary teacher preparation program with a concentration in STEM and literacy
  • Top 50 Best Value College by
  • 100 percent licensure pass rate for both principal and superintendent and counselor licensure
  • National Council on Teacher Quality recognitions: Content Preparation “A” Rating, Top 35 Science Education, and Secondary Teacher Program “Best Value”