Our English Education Program

Available in: Undergraduate College

Our English degree will provide you with a solid foundation in English with an emphasis on writing, reading, and analyzing texts. Through a diverse selection of coursework, you will be qualified to work in a wide-range of career fields. Most of the universal analytical English skills and techniques that employers look for in potential candidates are covered by our program.

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Graduates are ready for that first year of teaching. I wouldn't want to graduate from any other college!

Pam Swinton

100% Job Placement

The English Education program has a 100% job placement rate for the last 5 years for completers; 100% of our completers pass the licensure exams required for initial certification.

  • Honors or Awards-English Education majors were selected to present at the Sigma Tau Delta national conference.  Sigma Tau Delta is the English Honor Society for students at accredited institutions of higher education.  
  • Students participate in three field experiences during the English Education program.  The final semester results in being placed in a 9th-12th grade public school English classroom.  Teacher candidates are mentored by a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor.  Candidates are taught the South Carolina Teaching Standards and area evaluated using the Expanded ADEPT Rubric.
  • Students are engaged in coursework that facilitates a deep understanding of social justice, cultural competence, and literacy practices and builds students' abilities to apply that understanding in their teaching practices.
  • Students enjoy a supportive network of students, faculty and staff that is personally invested in the students' performance. 

Job Markets

Teacher in South Carolina

There is a need for teachers in South Carolina.  School 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.  9% of all unfilled teaching positions in South Carolina are in English Education positions.  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.

Starting South Carolina Teacher Pay: $35,000
Average South Carolina Teacher Pay 2018: $50,050
Job Outlook 2018-2028: Continuous demand for English Education teachers


Brennan Davis, Assistant Professor
B.A., College of Charleston; M.A.T., Ph.D., University of South Carolina-Columbia

Christine Hait, Professor
B.A., M.A., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Melissa Heidari, Professor
B.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina; M.A., University of Rochester.

John Zubizarreta, Professor
B.A., Florida International University; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Kristin Brooks, Lecturer
B.A., Lyndon State College; M.A. Lyndon State College.

All of the courses I have taken for my major have pushed me to become more open minded and to develop skills that have helped me become the best teacher I can be. 

Courtney Post, '20


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