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Bridge & Transfer Students

Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies), and Special Education

Admission to education programs is competitive. Therefore, students interested in transferring into an education program must meet specific academic criteria to be eligible to transfer.  

Criteria for transferring into a College of Education Program:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA from a student’s previous institution
  • Minimum 30 credit hours of college study, completed after high school graduation, that begin to satisfy the course requirements of the intended major

Criteria for acceptance to the professional level coursework in the College of Education:

  • Completion of one of the following by end of first semester for fall transfers or end of February for spring transfers—
    • Minimum SAT score of 1100,
    • Minimum ACT score of 22, or
    • Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators exam ( 

What courses should students complete prior to transferring to Clemson University? 

Students should complete coursework toward their intended major, following Clemson University curriculum maps.  Please see provided curriculum plans to ensure proper courses are taken.  Completing coursework that does not directly apply to the intended major may extend a student’s graduation plan once they transfer to Clemson.  

In addition to taking appropriate courses, what else should transfer students do to make sure the transfer process is a smooth transition?

Students should schedule a meeting with a College of Education Academic Advisor to discuss their desired education program. 

  • Jamie Garland, Advises Secondary and Special Education Majors; E:; P: 864.656.3180
  • Staci Koonce, Advises Early Childhood and Elementary Education; E:; P: 864.656.0491

How can transfer students ensure that the courses taken elsewhere are equivalent to Clemson requirements?

The Transfer Course Equivalency List (TCEL) is a tool on Clemson University’s website that contains course equivalencies for approximately 1,200 accredited colleges and universities nationwide. Courses that have previously transferred to Clemson University can be viewed in the TCEL.  Students can follow the curriculum outline in Clemson’s Undergraduate Catalog for the degree program that they plan to pursue and take equivalent courses listed in the TCEL.

Please be advised that the TCEL is only a history of how courses have transferred to Clemson and does not represent a comprehensive list of transferable courses for any school.  If students have taken a course that is not showing a Clemson equivalency on the TCEL, it will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions upon acceptance. 

Recommended Transfer Courses:

Please click here for recommended coursework in each program area.

For more information about College of Education Programs: 

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