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Certificates | Certifications | Endorsements

Certificates

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The College of Education offers opportunities for students to engage in courses designed to award or lead to certificates, endorsements or add-on certifications that enhance their overall educational experience and prepare them for leadership opportunities across their lives and careers.

These certificate programs, awarded by Clemson University, are part of the College of Education's commitment to developing leadership that will systemically improve education and affect positive change in classrooms, athletic fields, businesses and all the places students work and serve after graduation. Explore our certificate offerings below. 

Note: Students may earn a certificate en-route to a degree; however, an additional graduate school certificate application is required. Please reach out to your program contact (listed under each certificate’s ‘find out more’ section) for details.

Endorsements | Add-on Certification

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Educators may be eligible to add specialized endorsements or add-on certification awarded by the State Department of Education to their existing credential. These specialized endorsements and/or certifications recognize additional preparation and expertise. In some instances, a specialized endorsement may be required to teach a specific course for students.

Endorsements

  • Online Teaching – Students completing the Online Teaching certificate will have the option to apply for an Online Teaching endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics (STEAM) Education – Students completing the STEAM specialization within the Teaching and Learning M.Ed. or the STEAM Certificate will have the option to apply for a STEAM endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Teacher Leader – Students completing the Instructional Coaching specialization within the Teaching and Learning M.Ed. will have the option to apply for a Teacher Leader endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Literacy Teacher – Students completing the Literacy Teacher certificate will have the option to apply for a Literacy Teacher endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Literacy Coach – Students completing the Literacy Coach certificate will have the option to apply for a Literacy Coach endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Literacy Specialist – Students completing the Literacy Specialist certificate will have the option to apply for a Literacy Specialist endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Add-on Certification

  • ESOL – Students completing the ESOL Certificate will have the option to apply for an add-on ESOL certification from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

State Licensure / Certification Information

If you are not a Clemson student and wish to find licensure/certification information, the following documents might be helpful. If you cannot find what you need here, please contact the S.C. State Department of Education or more specifically for licensure/certification here.


Professional Practice Background Checks & Teacher Education Praxis Exams

Expired License/Certificate or Renewing a License/Certificate
The South Carolina State Department of Education authorizes requirements to renew an expired educator certificate. Please refer to this site for details. If you have any questions, please contact the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Reciprocal Applicants
Teachers with a valid certificate issued by another state may be eligible for licensure/certification through South Carolina’s reciprocity agreement. Please contact the South Carolina State Department of Education for details and contact information.

Foreign Applicants Applying for Certification
The South Carolina State Department of Education will determine the eligibility of foreign teachers applying for educator licensure/certification. If you have any questions, please contact the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Completion of Recommendation/Verification Forms from Other States
Clemson alumni who need to have verification or recommendation forms completed for licensure/certification in other states should contact Jen Hall at 864-656-7692 in the Office of Field & Clinical Experiences, 100 Tillman Hall.

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Read to Succeed Courses Required for Certification

The South Carolina State Department of Education requires all candidates earn a C or better in Read to Succeed courses. Candidates who do not earn a C or better in one of the required Read to Succeed courses cannot be recommended for licensure.

 

  • Early Childhood Education, BA and MAT

    EDLT 4580, Early Literacy: From Birth to Kindergarten

    EDLT 4590, Teaching Reading in the Early Grades: K-3

    EDEC 4500, Early Childhood Curriculum and Social Studies Methods

    EDEC 4400, Early Childhood English Language Arts

    EDF 4800, Foundations of Digital Media and Learning

    EDEC 4600, Critical Issues and Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education

    EDEC 2200, Family, School, and Community Relationships

    EDEC 4000, Observation and Assessment in Clinical Settings

  • Elementary Education, BA

    EDLT 4600, Foundations of Reading: Assessment and Instruction

    EDF 4800, Foundations of Digital Media and Learning

    EDF 3080, Classroom Assessment

    EDLT 4610, Content Area Reading and Writing: Assessment and Instruction

    EDLT 4620, Reading and Responding to Children’s Literature in the Elementary School

    EDEL 4880, Elementary Methods in Language Arts Teaching

    EDEL 4010, Elementary Field Experience

    EDEL 4820, Capstone Seminar in Elementary Education

  • Elementary Education, MAT

    EDLT 4600, Foundations of Reading: Assessment and Instruction

    EDF 4800, Foundations of Digital Media and Learning

    EDF 3080, Classroom Assessment

    EDLT 4610, Content Area Reading and Writing: Assessment and Instruction

    EDLT 4620, Reading and Responding to Children’s Literature in the Elementary School

    EDEL 4880, Elementary Methods in Language Arts Teaching

    EDEL 4010, Elementary Field Experience

    ED 8480, Teacher Residency Seminar

  • Middle Grades Education, BS and MAT

    EDLT 4800, Foundations of Adolescent Literacy

    EDLT 4890, Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers

  • Secondary Education, BA, BS, and MAT

    EDLT 4800, Foundations of Adolescent Literacy

    EDLT 4980, Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers

  • Special Education, BA and MAT

    EDLT 4600, Foundations of Reading: Assessment and Instruction

    EDSP 4940, Teaching Reading to Students with Mild Disabilities

    EDSP 4900, Teaching Writing to Students with Disabilities

    EDSP 4910, Educational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities

    EDSP 4960, Special Education Field Experience

  • Agriculture Education

    EDLT 4980, Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers

  • School Counseling, MEd

    EDC 8130, Assessment in Counseling

    EDEC 8510, Leadership in School Counseling

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