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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Information for specific audiences:

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  1. Is there someone at USC who can answer a question about South Carolina teacher certification?

  2. What kinds of housing is available on campus and off campus?

  3. Where can I get information about parking and a parking decal?

  4. How do I get a student ID card?

  5. How to I find where a particular USC building is located?

  6. I have applied for admission.   How can I find the status of my application?

  7. How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

  8. Where can I find information about awards, scholarships, or fellowships?

  9. What is the difference between the MT, MAT, MEd degrees?

  10. I am a certified teacher and want to add-on certification in a new area.   What courses do I need?

  11. What is the role of an advisor in graduate school?

  12. What about reciprocity in terms of state certification?

  13. What do I need to know about the Praxis examination?

  14. What do I need to know to graduate?

  15. I graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree from another department other than the College of Education. What do I need to do if I want to become a high school teacher?

Internships

  1. What is an internship experience?

  2. How long are placements?

  3. What are my responsibilities in an internship placement?

  4. How are placements made?

Early Childhood and Elementary MAT Programs

  1. What courses will transfer into the MAT program?

  2. I'm moving from another state to South Carolina. Can courses X, Y, Z be applied to my graduate program?

  3. Can this program be done part-time or evenings only?

  4. How long will it take me to complete the MAT program?

  5. Will this degree qualify me for South Carolina teacher certification?

  6. Is there a deadline to apply?

  7. Can I take the GRE or the Miller Analogies test?

  8. Where do I take the GRE or the Miller Analogies test?

Secondary Education

  1. How long will it take me to complete a Secondary Education program?

  2. Will this degree qualify me for South Carolina teacher certification?

  3. Is there a deadline to apply?

  4. Can I take the GRE or the Miller Analogies test?

  5. Where do I take the GRE or the Miller Analogies?

Language and Literacy

  1. How long will it take me to complete a Language and Literacy program?

  2. Will this degree qualify me for South Carolina teacher certification?

  3. Is there a deadline to apply?

  4. Can I take the GRE or Miller Analogies?

  5. Where do I take the GRE or Miller Analogies?

  6. What courses do I need to take to add-on certification as a Reading Teacher, Reading Consultant, or Reading Coordinator/Director?

Secondary Education

How long will it take me to complete a Secondary Education program?
MAT - Approximately two years.
MT - One year
M.Ed. - Students typically complete the MEd in two years.  Courses applicable to this degree must be completed within six (6) years.
Ed.D. - Students typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the course work and 1 to 2 years to complete the dissertation.   All credits and examinations applicable to this degree must be completed within an eight (8) year period. 
Ph.D. - Students typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the course work and 1 to 2 years to complete the dissertation.   All credits and examinations applicable to this degree must be completed within an eight (8) year period.

Will this degree qualify me for South Carolina teacher certification?
The MAT and MT degrees will allow a student to apply for teacher certification.  Admission to the M.Ed. degree requires that you be certified or have courses/experiences comparable to a that of a certified teacher.  The Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees are not certifiying degrees and are intended from professional educators with teaching experience.

Is there a deadline to apply?
MT - January 15th for the following summer.
MAT - January 15th for the following summer.  Social Studies also has an October 15th deadline for the following spring.  Biology - June 15th for fall semester; November 1st for spring semester and May 1st for summer semesters.  Business - March 15th for summer or fall.  English - May 15th for the fall semester.  Geography - May 7th for Summer I; June 1st for Summer II; June 15th for fall; December 7th for spring.  History - January 5th for the year you are apply for.  Social Studies - March 1st for the following summer or fall.
Ed.D. - No deadline
Ph.D. - October 1st for the following spring or summer; March 1st for the following summer or fall.

Can I take the GRE or the Miller Analogies test?
MAT - Biology, Geography, History, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics you may only take the GRE; Business and Social Studies you may take either test.
MT, M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D. - You may take the GRE or the Miller Analogies.

Where do I take the GRE or the Miller Analogies test?
You will need to contact the Orientation and Testing Services at 803-777-2782.

Other important links:

Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-7000 • info@sc.edu