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Expressway to Tiger Town

Expressway to Tiger Town provides a seamless, accelerated pathway from high school to a Clemson University education degree for students in several South Carolina school districts.

Expressway to Tiger Town provides a seamless, accelerated pathway from high school to a Clemson University education degree for students in several South Carolina school districts. The partnership between the Clemson University College of Education, school districts and local technical colleges aims to identify, inspire, support and prepare students for a career in education.

As a participant in Expressway to Tiger Town, you will take dual credit courses in high school. You will then study for one year at a nearby technical college and the remainder of the program at Clemson, allowing you to receive a bachelor’s degree in just three years. You can apply to stay an additional year at Clemson and earn a master’s degree through its teacher residency program. Upon graduation, you are encouraged to apply for and attain a teaching position in your home district.

  • Benefits
    Cost

    You can finish your undergraduate degree in three years, decreasing tuition expenses and student loans. If you spend a fourth year in the teacher residency program, you can complete a master’s degree in the same timeframe that most students finish a bachelor’s degree – and start your teaching career with a higher starting salary and additional classroom experience.

    Guidance

    You benefit from professional guidance and advising at your high school, technical college and Clemson. These educators are committed to providing a smooth pathway for you to earn an education degree.

    Excellence

    From high school through technical college to Clemson, you learn from some of the best minds in the education profession. Along the way, you are part of vibrant and exciting educational communities.

  • Details

    High schools identify and advise student candidates as they complete required dual credit courses and assist them with applications to your local technical college. You can begin taking dual credit courses as early as 10th grade. Your local technical college plays an integral role in this pathway by ensuring students receive quality courses as dual enrollment students and during their first year out of high school.

    If you earn a minimum 2.75 GPA in post-secondary coursework, you are eligible to transfer to Clemson and study alongside existing junior education majors. Summer coursework may be required. After finishing coursework and serving as a student teacher in your home district, you will earn one of the following degrees:

    • Early Childhood Education, B.A. (Available only to Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Expressway participants)
    • Elementary Education, B.A.
    • Middle Level Education – English Language Arts and Social Studies, B.S.
    • Middle Level Education – Mathematics and Science, B.S.
    • Secondary Education and Teaching English, B.A.
    • Secondary Education and Teaching Mathematics, B.A.
    • Secondary Education and Teaching Social Studies, B.A.
    • Science Teaching (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics), B.A.
    • Special Education, B.A.
    As you near the end of your bachelor’s degree, you can apply for Clemson’s Teacher Residency Program. The program replaces student teaching in the final undergraduate semester with graduate education classes and adds a year-long classroom residency with a master teacher. Expressway districts place Expressway students in their home districts for the residency.
  • Participating School Districts and Technical Colleges

    Expressway programs are currently available in the following school districts:

    • Anderson County Districts One, Two, Three, Four and Five – In partnership with Tri-County Technical College and the College of Education
    • Greenville County Schools – In partnership with Greenville Technical College and the College of Education
    • School District of Oconee County – In partnership with Tri-County Technical College and the College of Education
    • School District of Pickens County – In partnership with Tri-County Technical College and the College of Education
  • Find Out More

    For more information about this program, contact the College of Education Academic Advising Center at educationundergrad@clemson.edu.

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