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Education Majors

Carolina Core is the University of South Carolina's general education requirements for every degree program. The table below lists the Carolina Core requirements that must be fulfilled for this major. Each requirement is followed by the USC courses that fulfill the requirement, as well as the technical college courses that you may have taken that are considered equivalent to the USC course, and therefore also fulfill the Carolina Core requirement.

This list does not include every technical college course that is available for transfer to USC. You are not required to take all courses listed prior to transferring. Rather, it is a guide for you and your advisors.* Courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher in order to be considered for transfer credit. Please review GPA requirements.  

Early Childhood Education

If you are a South Carolina technical college student who plans to transfer to the university’s College of Education, to pursue a major in early childhood education, you should consider the following courses as you schedule your technical college classes.

The early childhood program leads to SC teacher certification for grades pre-kindergarten through 3.

Carolina Core Requirement USC Course(s) Technical College Course Equivalent(s)
Writing (CMW)
Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communications
ENGL 101 and 102

*If ENGL 102 is taken as a non-USC course beginning Fall 2012, the addition of an INF course will be required.
ENG 101 and 102
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) 
Two approved courses for analytical reasoning Two courses from:
  • MAT 120 or 165
  • MAT 122, 130, 140, 141
  • CPT 101, 111 or 112 or 114, 244, 264
Scientific Literacy (SCI) Two courses/course sets as follows (one must be four hours with lab):
BIOL 110 or 120 BIO 101, 105, or 112
Physical or Earth Science PHS 101
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students transferring to USC must show proficiency by scoring a 2 or better on the University’s placement examination and complete foreign languages as required by the exam results or complete the equivalent study in a foreign language.

Two courses in the same Foreign Language selected from:
  • FRE 101, 102 (equivalent to FREN 109, 110)
  • GER 101, 102 (equivalent to GERM 109, 110)
  • SPA 101, 102 (equivalent to SPAN 109, 110)
Historical Thinking (GHS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
HIST 111 or 112 HIS 201 or 202
Social Sciences (GSS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
GEOG 121 GEO 102
Fine Arts (AIU)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
One approved aesthetic and interpretive understanding course One course from:
  • ART 101, 107, 108
  • ENG 203, 205, 214, 218, 222
  • MUS 105
  • THE 101
Spoken Component (CMS)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205

Elementary Education

If you are a South Carolina technical college student who plans to transfer to the University’s College of Education, to pursue a major in Elementary Education, you should consider the following courses as you schedule your technical college classes.

The elementary program leads to SC teacher certification for grades 2 through 6.

Carolina Core Requirement USC Course(s) Technical College Course Equivalent(s)
Writing (CMW)
Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communications
ENGL 101 and 102

*If ENGL 102 is taken as a non-USC course beginning Fall 2012, the addition of an INF course will be required.
ENG 101 and 102
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) 
Two approved courses for Analytical Reasoning Two courses from:
  • MAT 120 or 165
  • MAT 122, 130, 140, 141
  • CPT 101, 111 or 112 or 114, 244, 264
Scientific Literacy (SCI) Three courses as follows (one must be four hours with lab):
BIOL 110 or 120 BIO 101, 105, or 112
Physical Science PHS 101, CHM 106, 107
Earth Science No course available
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students transferring to USC must show proficiency by scoring a 2 or better on the University’s placement examination and complete foreign languages as required by the exam results or complete the equivalent study in a foreign language.

Two courses in the same Foreign Language selected from:
  • FRE 101, 102 (equivalent to FREN 109, 110)
  • GER 101, 102 (equivalent to GERM 109, 110)
  • SPA 101, 102 (equivalent to SPAN 109, 110)
Historical Thinking (GHS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
HIST 111 or 112 HIS 201 or 202
Social Sciences (GSS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Three courses as follows:GEO 102
POLI 101 or 201 PSC 201 or 220
ECON 221, 222, or 224 ECO 201, 210, or 211
GEOG 121 GEO 102
Fine Arts (AIU)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
One approved aesthetic and interpretive understanding course One course from:
  • ART 101, 107, 108
  • ENG 203, 205, 214, 218, 222
  • MUS 105
  • THE 101
Spoken Component (CMS)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205

Middle Level Education

If you are a South Carolina technical college student who plans to transfer to the University’s College of Education, to pursue a major in Middle Level Education, you should consider the following courses as you schedule your technical college classes.

The middle level education program leads to SC teacher certification for grades 5 through 8 in two concentration areas chosen from english, social studies, mathematics, and science.

Carolina Core Requirement USC Course(s) Technical College Course Equivalent(s)
Writing (CMW)
Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communications
ENGL 101 and 102

*If ENGL 102 is taken as a non-USC course beginning Fall 2012, the addition of an INF course will be required.
ENG 101 and 102
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) 
 
STAT 201 MAT 165 or MAT 120
MATH 122 MAT 130
Scientific Literacy (SCI) Two courses as follows (one must be four hours with lab):
BIOL 110 or 120 BIO 101, 105, or 112
Physical Science One course from:
  • PHS 101
  • CHM 107, 110, 112
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students transferring to USC must show proficiency by scoring a 2 or better on the University’s placement examination and complete foreign languages as required by the exam results or complete the equivalent study in a foreign language.

Two courses in the same Foreign Language selected from:
  • FRE 101, 102 (equivalent to FREN 109, 110)
  • GER 101, 102 (equivalent to GERM 109, 110)
  • SPA 101, 102 (equivalent to SPAN 109, 110)
Historical Thinking (GHS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
One approved history course One course from: HIS 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 112, 115, 130, 131, 201, 202, 215, 220, 230
Social Sciences (GSS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
One approved social science course One course from:
  • ANT 202, 203
  • CRJ 101
  • ECO 201, 210, 211
  • GEO 101, 102
  • PSC 201, 205, 220
  • PSY 201, SOC 101
Fine Arts (AIU)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
One approved aesthetic and interpretive understanding course One course from:
  • ART 101, 107, 108
  • ENG 203, 205, 214, 218, 222
  • MUS 105
  • THE 101
Spoken Component (CMS)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205

 There are other options and/or additional requirements for completing these sections, depending on degree and emphasis chosen. The courses listed will count in all middle level degree programs at USC-Columbia regardless of degree or emphasis.

Note: If you are transferring from Midlands Technical College or Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, you should also ask your technical college advisor about the Pathways Project. This is a collaborative program for students at these institutions considering transferring into an Education Program at USC-Columbia.

Physical Education

If you are a South Carolina technical college student who plans to transfer to the University’s College of Education, to pursue a major in physical education, you should consider the following courses as you schedule your technical college classes.

The physical education program is an NCATE-approved program that prepares people to teach physical education in public and private schools from grades K to 12.

Carolina Core Requirement USC Course(s) Technical College Course Equivalent(s)
Writing (CMW)
Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communications
ENGL 101 and 102

*If ENGL 102 is taken as a non-USC course beginning Fall 2012, the addition of an INF course will be required.
ENG 101 and 102
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) 
Two approved courses for analytical reasoning Two courses from:
  • MAT 120 or 165
  • MAT 122, 130, 140, 141
  • CPT 101, 111 or 112 or 114, 244, 264
Scientific Literacy (SCI) Four courses/course sets as follows:
BIOL 101 and 101L or 110 or 120 and 120L BIO 101, 105, or 112
PHYS 101 and 101L or PHYS 201 and 201L or CHEM 102 or 111 PHS 101 or 115, or PHY 201 or CHM 105, 110, or 112
BIOL 243 and 243L BIO 210
BIOL 244 and 244L BIO 211
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students transferring to USC must show proficiency by scoring a 2 or better on the University’s placement examination and complete foreign languages as required by the exam results or complete the equivalent study in a foreign language.

Two courses in the same Foreign Language selected from:
  • FRE 101, 102 (equivalent to FREN 109, 110)
  • GER 101, 102 (equivalent to GERM 109, 110)
  • SPA 101, 102 (equivalent to SPAN 109, 110)
Historical Thinking (GHS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
One approved history course One course from: HIS 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 112, 115, 130, 131, 201, 202, 215, 220, 230
Social Sciences (GSS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
PSYC 101 AND PSY 201 AND
SOCY 101 SOC 101
Fine Arts (AIU)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
ENGL 283 or 285 AND ENG 201 or 205 AND
One approved fine arts course One course from:
  • ART 101, 107, 108
  • MUS 105
  • THE 101
Spoken Component (CMS)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205

*Technical students must meet all requirements for admission to USC and must be accepted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Consult the University Bulletin for specific entrance requirements. Nothing in the foregoing supersedes any University, college, departmental, or programmatic regulation or policy.