Our Elementary Education Program
Available in: Undergraduate College & Evening Undergraduate
You'll gain the skills to effectively teach and coordinate programs for Elementary Education. Candidates for this program should demonstrate a commitment to teaching children and youth between the ages of 7 and 12yrs.
Elementary Education is recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the South Carolina Department of Education, and is nationally accredited by the NCATE/CAEP through Fall 2022.
What makes this program unique is the numerous hands-on experiences in schools and other educational institutions. In my four years, I grew as a student, a teacher, and a person.Callison English ’19, Third grade teacher, H E Corley Elementary School
100% Job Placement & Praxis II Pass Rate
Candidates engage in field placements at a variety of midlands area school districts including Richland I, Richland II, Lexington I, Lexington II, and Richland/Lexington 5. By partnering with a number of schools in these districts, candidates are able to have experiences in diverse schools and school districts which prepare them for teaching in a variety of school settings.
- 100% Praxis II pass rate for program completers
- 100% employment rate for program completers
- Variety of local district settings including Richland One, Richland Two, Lexington/Richland 5, Lexington One, and Lexington Two.
- Most field placements supervised by college faculty
- Opportunity to do an international study during their years at Columbia College
High Demand for Teachers
There is a need for teachers in SC. Districts reported 621 vacant teaching positions at the beginning of the 18-19 school year. This is a 16% increase compared to vacancies reported at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and a 29% increase compared to 2016-17.
Visit any school district in SC and you can find a dedicated Columbia College alumnae. Midlands districts include Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter, and Fairfield counties. Columbia College alums are also employed in various roles with district administrators, early intervention providers, and private schools.
Recent Graduates Job Placements
- Callison English, Richland/Lexington School District 5
- Stephanie Ryan, Richland School District II
- Heather Pence, Lexington School District II
- Ashley Cox, Dorchester County (SC) School District
James C. Lane, Professor of Elementary Education
B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D., University of South Carolina.
Marla Sanders, Associate Professor of Education
B.A., M.Ed., Columbia College; Ph.D. North Carolina State University.
Brennan Davis, Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., College of Charleston; M.A.T., Ph.D., University of South Carolina.
Keisha Pearson, Lecturer of Education
B.A., Columbia College; M.Ed., Columbia College
Whitney Chick, Lecturer of Education
B.A., Columbia College; M.Ed., Francis Marion University; M.Ed., Winthrop University.
Through my collaboration with people of all walks of life, my exposure to different districts and school settings, and the meaningful lessons I have learned through my education courses here, I feel fully prepared to commence my educational journey upon graduation.Reagan Pickering ’20