June 12, 2018
As South Carolina faces a growing teacher shortage, academic leaders from the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College came together to sign an agreement that will simplify the process to earn an undergraduate degree in education.
We understand that students are looking for high-quality, cost-effective and flexible education opportunities.This agreement will allow students to learn from experienced faculty from both institutions...
Jon Pedersen, College of Education dean
The agreement creates a clear path for students attending MTC to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in early childhood, elementary or middle-level education in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education within the university’s College of Education.
“Given the critical teacher shortage in South Carolina, this initiative is particularly important and timely,” says USC Provost Joan Gabel. “It’s another example of how institutions are working together to meet the needs of the state and improve the quality of life for South Carolinians. Education faculty and administrators from both institutions will work collaboratively to ensure teachers are prepared for successful, fulfilling careers.”
The agreement outlines specific MTC courses accepted by the university, allowing a student to earn an associate degree from MTC and then seamlessly transfer to the university to complete a bachelor’s degree in education. Also, College of Education advisors will visit MTC each semester to discuss the program and transfer process with students.
“We understand that students are looking for high-quality, cost-effective and flexible education opportunities,” said Jon Pedersen, dean of the College of Education. “This agreement will allow students to learn from experienced faculty from both institutions, work alongside veteran educators in public schools during their student teaching and earn teacher certification. It’s a win-win for our students.”
“Historically, Midlands Technical College has been the number one choice for students planning to transfer to the University of South Carolina,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “This agreement adds another layer to that important transfer relationship. MTC is a great place to start for anyone wanting to become a teacher, because of our great pathway to USC, but also because we specialize in affordable classes that help students balance school, work and family life.”