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College of Education

Teaching, M.Ed.

What will I study?

The USC Master of Education in Teaching is an  online graduate program designed for classroom teachers who have earned an initial teaching credential or its equivalent and who wish to continue their professional development through graduate education.

The program is designed to expand your knowledge about the diversity of learners. You will also have training in how to plan instructional experiences that are responsive to the intellectual, psychological, social, and physical needs of individual learners in grades preK-12 classrooms.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

You can enhance your career prospects by earning a degree in a specialized area such as literacy principles and practices, rural teaching and learning, or differentiated instruction and assessment.

Additionally, if you teach in South Carolina, you can earn the South Carolina Read to Succeed literacy endorsement for all grade levels and content areas. This program does not lead to a teaching license or recommendation for certification; it is designed for enhancing the skills of people already working in education.


What kinds of research will I be able to do?

You will be able to design and create your own action research topic based on your area of specialization as part of your graduate-level training in qualitative and quantitative research design, implementation, and data analysis. The action research project is initiated at the midpoint of the program and completed as part of the required comprehensive examination at the end of the program.


Will I be able to specialize?

You will choose to specialize in one of three areas:  literacy principles and practices, rural teaching and learning, or differentiated instruction and assessment.

Specializing in literacy principles and practices leads to the South Carolina Read to Succeed Literacy Teacher Endorsement for Early Childhood, Elementary, ESOL, Special Education-All categories, and Montessori teachers. If you have an interest in literacy and you are seeking the Read to Succeed Literacy Requirement Endorsement, you may also select this specialization.

Specializing in rural teaching and learning enables you to understand the specific learning needs of grades preK-12 students who live in rural areas. You will also study issues of equity, social justice, and effective teaching practices.

Specializing in differentiated instruction and assessment will help you learn more about how to match instruction with assessment to meet the individual learning needs of each student you teach.


Typical Course Work

Core Courses (15 semester hours)
The core courses help you further develop a foundation in areas important to professional educators. These courses provide insight into educational leadership, multiculturalism, and action research.

Specialization Courses (12 semester hours)
These courses will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the specialization area you choose. Each specialization area is designed to help you make more informed instructional decisions that will benefit all students in preK-12 classrooms.

Cognate Courses (9 semester hours)
These three courses will support your specialization area by providing the opportunity to customize your action research topic.

For more information about curriculum or program requirements, please visit the academic bulletin


What is the application process like?

There are five admission points into the Master of Education in Teaching program: Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II, and Summer. Every required document in support of the application must be on file by the selected admission point deadline date.

Required Documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate work and previous graduate work, indicating degrees earned and eligibility for certification in a grades preK-12 teaching area;
  • Letter of Intent to pursue graduate study that addresses the dispositions (stewardship, intellectual spirit, integrity, and justice) of the USC College of Education Conceptual Framework in the context of the applicant’s teaching;
  • Current resume or vita; to be successful in this program, applicants are expected to be currently working in an educational setting.
  • Current professional licensure or relevant experience for non-licensed applicants; this program does not lead to professional licensure.
  • Official test results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR the Miller Analogies Test taken within the previous five years; official test results are not required if the applicant has a minimum of three previous years of classroom teaching experience.
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students