School of Ed, Piedmont Tech Agreement Entices Childhood Educators
Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education and Piedmont Technical College recently signed an articulation agreement that will provide a new pathway for students interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education.
This partnership will allow students who complete their Associate Degree in Early Care and Education at Piedmont Tech to seamlessly transfer to Clemson University to complete their bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.
“One of the aims of our program is to improve the quality of child care and education in our region,” said Ashley Hollingsworth, program coordinator for early care and education at PTC. “So we’re thrilled to partner with a world-class institution like Clemson to offer more opportunity to our students.”
Dr. Kellye Rembert, coordinator of Special Projects for Clemson’s College of Health, Education and Human Development said, “We’ve been very impressed with the Early Care and Education program at Piedmont Tech. The caliber of students in this program makes them more than ready for the work at Clemson, and we hope this agreement will smooth the pathway for more of them to come through our programs.”
The new agreement was created through the efforts of Rhonda Pendergrass, early care and education instructor at Piedmont Tech, Rembert, Hollingsworth and a host of faculty from Clemson University.
After completing Piedmont Technical College’s early childhood education courses, participating students will be able to transfer to Clemson to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, provided that they meet the admissions requirements.
Hollingsworth said that Piedmont Technical College offers a great starting point for students who wish to seek a four-year degree while saving on tuition costs, and for those who need additional flexibility due to existing responsibilities like work and family obligations.
“Agreements like this provide the pathway for our students to further their education. We want to see each of our students succeed,” she said.
The ECD program has significantly expanded the number of transfer partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the state over the last year. The ECD program also has articulation agreements with the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Lander University and Newberry College. The program is working to finalize an agreement with South Carolina State University.