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Elementary Education, M.Ed.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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USC Upstate Masters Degrees are conveniently set up in a COHORT design making it more accessible to in-service teachers in the upstate. The Elementary program is a 36-hour program designed to be completed in two years with the majority of the coursework offered in the summer terms.


Programs of study leading to the degree of Master of Education are offered in early childhood education and elementary education. Orientation is provided prior to the beginning of each academic term.

USC Upstate Master of Education degrees are not designed for the purpose of initial teacher certification. Initial teacher certification is required for admission to the M.Ed. degree program.

The Master of Education degree requires:

  • Successful completion of an approved program of study providing 36 hours of graduate credit, of which at least 50 percent must be earned in courses numbered 700 or above (the remainder may be in courses numbered 500-699).
  • Successful defense of a Graduate Professional Portfolio. The Graduate Professional Portfolio is introduced during the initial orientation to graduate programs for degree candidates. During program courses and continuing professional experience, candidates accumulate artifacts for the portfolio. Candidates select for the portfolio, those artifacts which most clearly document their professional development, prepare a rationale for the inclusion of items in each section of the portfolio, and defend the portfolio before a panel of faculty and peers. Full details for the Graduate Professional Portfolio are included in the USC Upstate Graduate Handbook.

Professional development courses may be considered as part of a degree program if the coursework is consistent with the program. Questions should be directed to the Director of the Office of Graduate Programs in Education.

Both the early childhood and the elementary master's programs are now offered in a Fast Track arrangement, enabling students to complete the entire degree in 18 consecutive months. Though the rotation of courses will remain constant, graduate candidates may elect to complete their degrees at a slower pace, as long as the degree is completed within six years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research in Education
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Philosophy and Education
  • Elementary Curriculum
  • Language Arts /Elementary School
  • Reading: Primary/ Middle
  • Math for the Young Child
  • Curriculum Problems
  • Social Studies in Elementary School
  • Science in the Elementary School
  • Problem Solving
  • Seminar / Elementary Education
  • Professional Portfolio

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                          • Full-time duration 24 months
                        • Languages
                          • English
                        • Delivery mode
                          On Campus

                        English Language Requirements

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                        Academic Requirements

                        • Application, application fee, residency form with all requested information and supporting documents
                        • Transcripts: Individuals seeking admission must provide official transcripts showing all post-secondary course work attempted and the award of the baccalaureate or higher degree by an accredited college or university
                        • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation using forms provided in the application packet
                        • Official Test Scores: Submission of either the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is acceptable
                        • Valid Teacher Certificate
                        • Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page personal statement that describes their academic and/or other interests.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International

                          29112 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 14556 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                        • National

                          29112 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 14556 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                        • In-State

                          13608 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 6804 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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                        Living costs for Spartanburg

                        • 948 - 1650 USD/month
                          Living Costs

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