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, give 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. When you graduate with a Coker education degree, you graduate ready to be not just a teacher, but also a mentor and partner in the learning process.
The Wiggins School of Education allows Adult Degree students to specialize in either Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. Both programs have 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 grade levels.
As an Adult Degree student at Coker, you will receive one-on-one support and guidance from both professors and administrators throughout the program. To pursue a major in education, you should start by scheduling a meeting with the Director of Teacher Education during your first term at Coker.
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.
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.
Even in an unstable economy, opportunities for teachers are regularly available, particularly in more rural areas. And thanks to an increasing national focus on the importance of early childhood education, employment of preschool teachers is expected to by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020—faster than the average of all occupations.
The Wiggins School of Education at Coker College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). With an education degree from Coker, you can complete South Carolina certification requirements to teach in a PK-6 setting, depending on your major. So when you graduate, you will be ready to enter into both a stable and rewarding career.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for teachers in May of 2010 was:
- Preschool teachers: $25,700
- Kindergarten teachers: $48,800
- Elementary school teachers: $51,660
- Middle school teachers: $51,960
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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.