The Elementary Education program prepares visionary educators to be recommended for South Carolina teacher licensure for grades 2-6.
The Elementary Education program has specific competencies that are expected of candidates preparing to teach in grades 2-6. It meets the standards of the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI).
Student Opportunities and Experience
Elementary Education majors have hands-on experience in the field of education in a variety of ways, such as attending and presenting at professional conferences with faculty in the School of Education. You'll gain exposure to many of our knowledgeable faculty members as well as locally, nationally and internationally recognized professionals. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science, students may earn the Master of Education in 18 months in the School of Education Graduate Program – Master of Education.
Careers and Outcomes
Each step you take while enrolled in The School of Education is carefully outlined to guide your career pathways. Upon completion of a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, you will be able to pursue a career as:
Elementary School Teacher
Child Center Director or Coordinator
Curriculum Developer (Grades 2-6)
Advocate for an elementary educational organizations or professional association
Director of Education Services
Prospective students interested in applying to this program are encouraged to review specific admissions requirements for the School of Education.
All individuals interested in completing a teacher education program at Claflin University matriculate through three transition points. The first transition point starts after the declaration of a major in a teacher education area. This transition point is Admission to Teacher Education, the second transition point is Admission to Clinical Practice, and the final transition is University recommendation for South Carolina licensure upon completion of the program.
Declaration of Major
Data will be collected on all individuals who officially declare a major in one of the teacher education programs. Data to be collected include GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and field experience evaluations.
Transition Point I. Admission to Teacher Education
Admission to teacher education is based upon consideration of each student’s academic achievement, professional and leadership potential, and dispositions. Any student desirous of completing a major in one of the seven (7) teaching options must seek formal admission to the teacher education program. The following steps are to be completed by a student for formal admission to candidacy:
Completion of at least forty-five (45) semester hours of coursework.
A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75.
Passing Praxis I/Praxis Core scores* (reading, writing and mathematics)
Acceptable score on Interview I
Acceptable scores on Field Experience Evaluations I
Once the student has been formally notified of admission to a teacher education program, he/she is then considered a Teacher Candidate and is eligible to enroll in specialized methods courses. Students must be admitted to teacher education at least one semester prior to enrolling in Student Teaching (EDUC 450).
Transition Point II. Professional Clinical Practice
Admission to teacher education is based upon consideration of candidates’ continuous academic achievement, professional and leadership potential, and dispositions. Candidates must seek formal admission to professional clinical practice. The following steps are to be completed by a candidate for formal admission to professional clinical practice as a Student Teacher:
Maintain a minimum cumulative grade average of 2.75
100 documented field experience hours
Passing Praxis II scores* (all tests required for licensure)
Passing scores on the Principles of Learning and Teaching* (PLT) at the grade level appropriate for certification
Acceptable score on Interview II
Acceptable score on Field Experience Evaluations III
Approved SC Department of Education application
Pass background check (fingerprint review+)
Effective Spring 2005, applicants for professional clinical practice must undergo a state fingerprint review and FBI background check. A criminal background could prevent a candidate from completing the program.
Transition Point III: Graduation – Recommendation for Certification
The final formal stage of the teacher preparation program involves candidates’ completion of the professional clinical experiences, a passing grade in Student Teaching (EDUC 450) and satisfactory scores on all professional clinical evaluations. The following steps are to be completed by a candidate for recommendation for licensure and Completer designation:
Earned a minimum cumulative grade average of 2.75
Grade of “C” or better in Student Teaching (EDUC 450)
Acceptable score on the Professional Portfolio
Acceptable score on the Unit Work Sample
Acceptable score on the Long Range Plan
Acceptable score on the Mentor Teacher Evaluation
Acceptable score on the University Supervisor Evaluation
Completed Candidate Exit Survey