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Academics at UofSC Aiken

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

About the Degree

The Master’s Degree in Educator Leadership prepares educators to take on a variety of leadership roles in their buildings or districts. The program is intended to (1) develop administrative skills such as management, supervision and decision-making but also will focus on preparing school leaders to be instructional leaders, and (2) improve instruction and in turn improve student learning. This program is entirely web-based and does not lead to principal certification. 

The program focuses on building collaborative cultures and professional learning as well as continuous improvement through data-driven decision making. Another key focus of this program is to prepare these leaders to have a deep understanding of best practices in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Applicants enter the program after completion of at least the bachelor's degree and will complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours for the Master’s degree.

In addition to the completion of core courses, students will complete an Action Research Capstone project based on a field-based needs assessment and data analysis. Students are also expected to make presentations at professional conferences in order to communicate best practices related to applying specialized pedagogical content and displaying leadership abilities.

South Carolina Teaching Add-ons and Endorsements

All strands within the M.Ed. In Educator Leadership lead to either an add-on certification or endorsement by the Department of Education. While the completion of one strand (or 12 elective credit hours) is required, students are encouraged to compete as many of the certification areas as they so desire. Individuals who wish to add certifications to an existing license may see additional information at the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Specific to USC Aiken, teachers must meet the following requirements: (a) Bachelor’s degree, (b) initial or professional license at the middle, secondary, or PK–12 level, (c) minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education. In addition, you may need to complete the following courses approved by the State of SC Office of eLearning to correlate with the courses required as part of the M.Ed. in Educator Leadership. 

Admission

For consideration for admission, applicants should have:

  • Licensure (or eligibility for licensure) as a teacher.
  • An undergraduate degree from a United States regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on undergraduate coursework or permission from the Dean

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Curriculum

Applicants enter the program after completion of at least the bachelor's degree and will complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours for the Masters degree. In addition to the completion of core courses, students will select a specialty area that will address their particular interests.

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Degree requirements:

  1. Successful completion of an approved program of study providing a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit. A student’s official program of study must be approved not only by the student’s advisor but by the Dean of the School of Education and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (B) is required on the total graduate program with a minimum average of B on all 700-800 level courses.
  3. Successful completion of an action research project and an oral defense.

Transcripts of transfer graduate credits must be on file prior to approval of graduation applications.

The program is entirely web-based.

Undergraduate Programs

MajorDegreeConcentrationOnline Degree Completion
Applied Computer Science Bachelor of Science Cyber Security  
Applied Computer Science Bachelor of Science Applied Gaming  
Applied Mathematics Bachelor of Science    
Art Bachelor of Arts Art History  
Art Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design  
Art Bachelor of Arts Studio and Digital Art  
Biology Bachelor of Arts
   
Biology Bachelor of Science Environmental Remediation and Restoration  
Biology Bachelor of Science General  
Biology Bachelor of Science Molecular Biology  
Business Administration & Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Accounting Option for online completion via Palmetto College
Business Administration & Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Finance  
Business Administration & Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management Option for online completion via Palmetto College
Business Administration & Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Marketing  
Chemistry Bachelor of Arts    
Chemistry Bachelor of Science General  
Chemistry Bachelor of Science Biochemistry  
Chemistry Bachelor of Science Computational Chemistry  
Chemistry Bachelor of Science Engineering  
Clinical Laboratory Science Bachelor of Science    
Communication Bachelor of Arts    
Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts in Education
   
Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts in Education   Salkehatchie campus
Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts in Education   Sumter campus
Earth Systems Science Bachelor of Science    
Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts in Education    
Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts in Education   Salkehatchie campus
Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts in Education   Sumter campus
Emerging Media Bachelor of Arts    
English  Bachelor of Arts    
Exercise & Sports Science Bachelor of Science Allied Health  
Exercise & Sports Science  Bachelor of Science Basic Sciences  
Exercise & Sports Science  Bachelor of Science Fitness Management  
History  Bachelor of Arts    
Industrial Process Engineering
Bachelor of Science    
Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts Integrated Research  
Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts Multidisciplinary Studies  
Middle Level Education Bachelor of Arts in Education English  
Middle Level Education Bachelor of Arts in Education Mathematics  
Middle Level Education Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences  
Middle Level Education Bachelor of Arts in Education Social Studies  
Music Bachelor of Arts Instrumental Studies  
Music Bachelor of Arts Piano Studies  
Music Bachelor of Arts Vocal Studies  
Music Bachelor of Arts K-12 Choral Teacher Certification   
Music Bachelor of Arts K-12 Instrumental Teacher Certification   
Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Tradtional  
Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN/BSN Completion 100% Online
Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing   Sumter campus
Political Science Bachelor of Arts    
Psychology Bachelor of Science    
Sociology Bachelor of Arts General  
Sociology Bachelor of Arts Criminology and Criminal Justice  
Sociology  Bachelor of Arts Human Social Services  
Secondary Education Bachelor of Science in Education Biology  
Secondary Education Bachelor of Science in Education Chemistry  
Secondary Education Bachelor of Arts in Education Comprehensive Social Studies  
Secondary Education Bachelor of Arts in Education English  
Secondary Education Bachelor of Arts in Education Mathematics  
Spanish Bachelor of Arts   Language, Literatures, and Cultures  
Spanish Bachelor of Arts   Translation and Interpretation  
Special Education Bachelor of Arts in Special Education   Option for online completion via Palmetto College
Theatre Bachelor of Arts    
Writing Bachelor of Fine Arts Creative Writing  
Writing Bachelor of Fine Arts Professional Writing  

Undergraduate Minors

A minor prepares the student in a second field which may or may not be directly related to the major field.

Anthropology and Human Geography
Art History
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Communication
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Educational Studies
Geology
History
International Relations
International Studies
Literature
Mathematics
Music
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Political Science
Professional Writing
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish
Studio Art
Theatre
Women’s and Gender Studies

Preprofessional Programs

USC Aiken offers classes that meet the requirements for pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary science.

Students who wish to pursue a career such as forestry, plant science, animal science, horticulture, agronomy, cooperative education programs, marine science, etc. may complete one or more years at USC Aiken.

Pre-Dentistry
Pre-Law
Pre-Medicine
Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Veterinary Science

Graduate Programs

Program NameDegreeOnline Degree Completion
Applied Clinical Psychology MS  
Business Administration (General) MBA 100% Online
Business Administration (Accounting) MBA 100% Online
Business Administration (Finance) MBA 100% Online
Business Administration (Project Management) MBA 100% Online
Educator Leadership MEd 100% Online

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