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- Our department is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).
- In the mathematics/science strand, our students take more of these courses than any other program in South Carolina.
- Our students exceed by 73 hours the state’s minimum requirement for field hours before student teaching.
- Our 72-day student teaching internship exceeds the state’s certification requirements for student teaching by 12 days.
Channel your love of children, learning and helping to shape the future by majoring in elementary education. This program will prepare you to teach grades two through six. You’ll begin with a generalist education so you’ll be qualified to teach all subjects. Then, you can choose to specialize in high-needs areas such as mathematics and science or language, culture and diversity. A diverse range of field experiences will help you hone your skills early in the program. Clemson has the only program in the state that allows you to enter specialty areas or to focus on elementary English as a second language (ESOL). In addition, the program features the nationally acclaimed Call Me MISTER program, which is dedicated to increasing the number of teachers from diverse backgrounds.