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Coker’s education major combines a strong liberal arts core with the specialized content and professional education courses necessary to excel as a leader and professional in the education field.

The Coker model is unique in that every education course has a corresponding field experience in a real public school classroom, where you’ll observe and work with PK-12 students. These field experiences, which begin in your first year and continue throughout the program, help you affirm the grade levels and content you want to teach, while giving you real teaching experience from your very first class. Our program prepares you for certification, but it also prepares you with strong content knowledge and the skills to apply innovative ideas and teaching models that adjust to your students’ individual needs—so you can be the most effective and inspiring teacher possible.

The Wiggins School of Education offers 10 programs, which have all been approved by the South Carolina Department of Education for licensure. Teacher candidates who successfully complete these programs are recommended to the State of South Carolina for certification in the indicated subjects and grade levels.

To pursue a major in education, you should start by scheduling a meeting with the Director of Teacher Education during your first semester at Coker.

Programs:

Early Childhood Education (PK-3)

An Early Childhood Education major prepares you with the specific tools you need to become an effective and inspiring teacher in preschool through third grade classrooms. You can also combine Early Childhood Education with Elementary Education and become dual-certified, preparing you to teach preschool through 6th grade.

Elementary Education (2-6)

An Elementary Education major prepares you with the specific tools you need to become an effective and inspiring teacher in second through sixth grade classrooms. You can also combine Early Childhood Education with Elementary Education and become dual-certified, preparing to teach preschool through 6th grade.

Art, Dance, Music, or Physical Education (PK-12)

If your interest is specifically in art, dance, music, or physical education, Coker will prepare you to teach your chosen content area in PK-12 classrooms.

Guided by the department’s education coordinator, you will follow a structured curriculum to prepare you with base knowledge and teaching methods specific to your content area. In addition, core courses within the Wiggins School of Education cover topics such as assessment and classroom management.

Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, or Social Studies Education (9-12)

If your interest is specifically in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, or social studies education, Coker will prepare you to teach your chosen content area in high school classrooms.

Guided by the department’s education coordinator, you will follow a structured curriculum to prepare you with base knowledge and teaching methods specific to your content area. In addition, core courses within the Wiggins School of Education cover topics such as assessment and classroom management.

Download the Academic Catalog

For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

With a degree in any of the 10 program areas of education, you can complete South Carolina certification requirements to teach in a PK-12 setting, depending on your major. Graduates of the education program at Coker are now working as exceptional teachers in early childhood centers and primary, elementary, middle and high schools.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your education degree:
  • Academic Advisor
  • Fundraiser
  • Public Information Officer
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Radio/Television Newscaster
  • Adult Educator
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Journalist
  • Sales Representative
  • Audio-visual Specialist
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist
  • School Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Librarian
  • School Psychologist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Media Buyer
  • Social Worker
  • Continuing Ed. Program Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Speech Consultant
  • Convention Organizer
  • Market Researcher
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Tour Guide
  • Counselor/Guidance Counselor
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Teacher
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Private Tutor
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor
  • Public Lecturer
  • ESL Teacher
  • Public Relations Specialist

Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of South Carolina
  • Savannah College of Art
  • Florida State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Northern Illinois University
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
 

The faculty in the Coker education department set a high standard, because they are passionate about the importance of quality education and the success of their students. At Coker, you will find the kind of communication, interaction and support from faculty members that will guide you to become the best teacher you can be.

Faculty

Darlene M. Maxwell, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Education
 Susan D. Henderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education; Dean of the Wiggins School of Education; Director of the Teacher Education Program
Margaret Godbey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English; Coordinator of First-Year Writing, Coordinator of the English Education Concentration
Karen Carpenter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program; Faculty Athletic Representative
Assistant Professor of Education
Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator of the Social Studies Education major
Gwyn Senokossoff
Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
Tamara Hoefer
Coordinator for the Wiggins School of Education
Director of Education Internship Programs; Director of the Writer's Studio