Leading the Way 

Columbia College is leading the way in alternative certification in South Carolina. The College received a five-year grant from the SC Commission on Higher Education to research and develop a quality alternative certification program. The Alternative Pathways to Educator Certification program, called APEC, is ideal for career changers and employees of our partnering school districts who are interested in teacher certification but need a program that supports working adults. The APEC Program prepares our students through coursework, classroom experiences, and mentoring to become successful classroom teachers. 

Our APEC Program was one of three South Carolina initiatives recognized for its effectiveness in improving student outcomes in public schools. It was recently named a finalist for the 2020 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute. Learn more about this recognition.

How to Enroll

Check out our enrollment steps and timeline, so you know what to expect during the APEC enrollment process.

1. We recommend attending an information session.
2. Complete your application by March 19.
3. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview the week of March 8th.
4. APEC Fellows are selected by April 1.
5. APEC Fellows attend program orientation in April of 2021.
6. Summer Session Module 1 begins on May 3.

APEC Center Handbook

APEC Information Session

Want to learn more about the APEC Center? Attend one of our upcoming virtual information sessions (available dates below). Unable to attend an information session? Watch one of our previous sessions.

Upcoming Session

A GoTo Meeting link will be sent out prior to the meeting to all registrants.

March Professional Development Workshops

On March 13 and 27, the APEC Center is offering educators and students the opportunity to attend a free virtual professional development workshop. 

There are multiple sessions to choose from, so choose the topic that most interests you.

Certificates for renewal credits will be provided, and those who attend both the March 13 and March 27 session will be eligible to win prizes. 

March 13 -  Featured Speakers and Topics  

Please register for only one session for March 13!

BRIDGING THE DISCIPLINE DIVIDE BY MONA ELLEITHEE

"A New York Times analysis of the most recent discipline data from the Education Department found that Black girls are over five times more likely than white girls to be suspended at least once from school, seven times more likely to receive multiple out-ofschool suspensions than white girls and three times more likely to receive referrals to law enforcement” (Green et. al, "'The Battle for the Souls of Black Girls'").

Join in a courageous conversation about a painful implicit bias impacting Black girls and their disproportionate representation across school discipline in suspensions, expulsions, restraints, and arrests before strategizing what to do about it. After reflecting on the research findings from multiple sources including a report by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and Pushout by Monique Morris, participants will discuss the impact of adultification bias on Black girls and strategies for meeting their social-emotional needs. Discover methods to transform your school's discipline practices.

Register for Bridging the Discipline Divide

REFLECTIVE PRACTICES FOR RESPONSIVE TEACHING BY SARAH GAMS

Engaging in reflective practices as an educator benefits both our current and future students. Reflection allows us to be responsive teachers, responding to the immediate needs of our current students while revising instructional practices, assignments, and grading policies for our future classes. This session will explore how teachers use reflective practices to improve instruction and assessment and give practical tips on managing gradebooks, communicating with parents and other stakeholders, and collaborating with team members.

Register for Reflective Practices for Responsive Teaching

THE WONDERS OF WRITING WORKSHOP BY LAUREN HUNT & SAMANTHA UDEAGHA

Teaching writing is often challenging for teachers. In this session, participants will learn valuable tips and strategies for conducting a writing workshop in a 4K-5th grade setting, including ideas for teaching writing virtually. Professional resources, such as helpful books and lesson ideas, will also be shared. We hope to see you there!

Register for The Wonders of Writing Workshop

BASIC FOUNDATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT BY DAWN OSWALT

Every student has a story. Sometimes these stories manifest themselves in behaviors that work against the student's own best interest and undermine the classroom community. What we know about trauma can inform our behavior strategies to better support instruction and engagement. We will take a deep dive into ideas for leveraging relationships to maximize social and emotional well-being of students and educators.

Register for Basic Foundations for Behavior Management

March 27 - Featured Speakers and Topics

Please register for only one session for March 27!

USING CASE STUDIES TO PROMOTE ACTIVE LEARNING IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM

In this session, participants will be introduced to teaching science with case studies in order to enhance student learning in the classroom. The session will begin with describing what case studies are, the different ways they are used, and how they enhance student learning. The facilitator will share resources for teachers to find case studies appropriate for subjects being taught in their own science classrooms. Finally, the participants will workshop the of use case studies so that they feel confident using them in their classes.

Register for Using Case Studies to Promote Active Learning In the Science Classroom

IT ISN’T ALL ABOUT ME

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” The words of Henry David Thoreau ring true in the development of empathy in children. Every encounter with a child is an opportunity to teach and model empathetic practices that motivate children to be kind, moral, courageous, and grow into resilient adults. We will determine actions that should take place in classrooms to support this type of child development.

Register for It Isn't All About Me

WHAT EVERY TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF USING SIGN LANGUAGE IN THE CLASSROOM

This is a fun, interactive session where attendees learn basic signs to use in their classroom, the manual alphabet, and easy ways to incorporate signing into the curriculum. Attendees will learn the how, when, and why of signing with children of all abilities, and the many benefits signing offers to both students and teachers.

Register for What Every Teacher Needs to Know About the Benefits of Using Sign Language in the Classroom

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EVENTS: HOW DOES TRAUMA TRAVEL TO YOUR CLASSROOM?

Adverse events in a child’s life play out for the rest of that individual’s life.
Teachers and school staff face the mysterious manifestations of these events often without knowing so.

Register for Adverse Childhood Events: How Does Trauma Travel to Your Classroom?

STUDENT LED IEP MEETINGS

Do you want to learn how to empower your students with disabilities? Join our session on Student Led IEP Meetings to understand how students of all ability levels can be a voice at the table in their IEP meeting. Learn how students can monitor their own progress, help write their IEP, and present their IEP to the team. Participants will walk away with ideas to implement in their classroom the next day.

Register for Student Led IEP Meetings

Professional Learning Series

The APEC Center hosts a monthly professional learning series called Polishing Your Performance (PYP) in which experienced educators share their expertise and experiences with our APEC Fellows, Columbia College students, and employees of our partner districts.

Upcoming Events

  • January 27, 2021 | 5:00–6:30 pm: Join us as we welcome Mrs. Sarah Gams, 2021 South Carolina Teacher of the Year and teacher in Lexington-Richland School District Five, as she discusses "Refining your Craft: Becoming an Expert Teacher." Register Here.
  • February 17, 2021 | 5:00–6:00 pm: Join us as we welcome Dr. Timothy Blackwell, Principal at Arden Elementary School in Richland School District one, for a conversation on effective leadership for Title One schools! Register Here.
  • March 15, 2021 | 5:00–6:00 pm: Join us as we welcome Dr. Christine LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of Education at Columbia College, for a discussion on "Providing Meaningful Feedback." Register Here.
  • April 1, 2021 | 5:00–6:00 pm: Join us as we welcome Mr. Craig Jelks, teacher in Fairfield County School District and APEC Center Teacher Mentor, for our next Polishing Your Performance series. Topic TBA. Register Here.
  • April 13, 2021 | 5:00–6:00 pm: Join us as we welcome Ms. Rosalyn Smith-Stover, Executive Director of The Family Resource Center (TFRC) and founder of Act Up Drama, Inc., for our next Polishing Your Performance series. Topic TBARegister Here.

A GoTo Meeting link will be sent out prior to the meeting to all registrants.

View Previous PYP Series

  • October 12: Response to Intervention, featuring Dr. Dana Richardson. Watch now.
  • October 24: REVIVED! Finding the Passion and Power of Teaching, featuring Dr. Akil Ross. Watch now.
  • November 9: Teacher Leadership & Advocacy, featuring Patrick Kelly. Watch now

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Have questions about the process or the program? Connect with us directly at apeccenter@columbiasc.edu.