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Teacher Learning Progression

Middle school STEM teachers from across South Carolina are starting their customized pathway to advanced credentials, continuing education credits, and professional growth. 

Cohort 1

  • District Commitment: Fall 2020
  • Teacher Orientation: Spring 2021
  • Micro-credentials and/or courses begin: Summer 2021

Cohort 2

  • District Commitment: Spring 2021
  • Teacher Orientation: Fall 2021
  • Micro-credentials and/or courses begin: Spring 2022

Personalized Advanced Credentials for Middle School STEM Teachers

  • Micro-credentials: Stackable micro-credentials can be applied toward continuing education requirements. These online professional learning modules are designed for teachers to improve content knowledge, instructional practice, and/or socio-emotional skill development in targeted, engaging ways.
  • Endorsement Path: STEAM, Teacher Leader, or Online Teaching Endorsement paths involve coursework and micro-credentials online through Clemson University.
  • M.Ed. Path: The Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning path involves coursework and micro-credentials online through Clemson University.

School Partnerships

  • Personalized Advanced Credentials for Teachers are designed to help meet district and school professional development goals
  • District and school partnerships are required in order for teachers to participate.
  • Interested schools can contact Hans Klar at


  • Personalized Advanced Credentials for Teachers are offered at no cost for teacher participants. 
  • Each school will receive $500 per teacher participant per year for additional materials to support effective teaching and improve student learning.
  • The stackable micro-credentials and coursework are delivered online, eliminating the costs associated with transportation to campus. 


  • A team of researchers at Clemson University is designing a recommender system to match teachers with the best pathway to meet their needs.
  • All teacher participants must agree to be a part of the research project, which may include surveys, interviews, and/or classroom observations. 
  • As the recommender system grows, so, too, will personalized learning options offered to teachers. 

Clemson University's Teacher Learning Progression is funded by the U.S. Department of Education SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) Award and Clemson University. 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Stephanie Madison
Teacher Learning Progression Project Manager
College of Education
Clemson University
414-A Old Main
Clemson, SC 29634