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College of Education

5-Year Program, B.A., B.S. plus M.T.

If you are currently an undergraduate student at USC Columbia (or considering becoming an undergraduate student at USC Columbia), the Master’s of Teaching in Secondary Education can be a path to teaching high school English, math, science or social studies.

The program is designed for you to earn two degrees in five years of school. Once you have completed the program, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science (depending on your major, also referred to as your "content teaching area,") and a Master of Teaching degree. You will be prepared to teach high school in your chosen subject.

 Your undergraduate advisor will help you choose any additional courses so you will be able to join the graduate portion of the program in the summer after you complete your bachelor’s degree. Your undergraduate course work will be specific to your learning experience. It will include a mix of education and subject-specific courses, based on your subject.

 

What do I need to do as an undergraduate?

In addition to completing an undergraduate degree in your content teaching area, you will need to maintain a minimum overall minimum GPA of 2.75, and an average GPA of 2.75 in all undergraduate courses related to your chosen subject.

Finally, there are additional undergraduate courses depending on your content teaching area:

Complete a 12-15-hour education component within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  • EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities
  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning
  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching
  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement
  • EDSE 547 (3 credit hours) – Teaching Middle and High School English

As part of your undergraduate degree, you will need to complete the following English courses with a grade of C or better:

  • One course in literature before 1800 selected from ENGL 380, 381, 382, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 410, 420
  • One course in literature from 1800 selected from ENGL 340*, 341*, 383, 384, 385, 386, 393, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 419*, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425A, 425B, 423, 427, 428A, 428B, 429*, 430*, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438A*, 438B*, 438C*, 438D*, 438E*, 439*, 441, 565, 566 (*depending on content)
  • One course in English language: ENGL 389 or ENGL 453
  • One course in theory and criticism: ENGL 388, 440 or 449
  • One course in African-American literature: ENGL 428a or 428b, or 430
  • ENGL 432 – Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 437 – Women Writers
  • ENGL 450 – English Grammar
  • ENGL 460 – Advanced Writing
  • One course in Writing or Rhetoric selected from ENGL 360, 387, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 467, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 485, 486
  • One additional ENGL course numbered 300 or above

Complete a 12-hour education core/cognate within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  •  EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities
  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning
  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching
  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

Statistics majors must complete MATH 546/701I and MATH 531 either within the bachelor’s degree or the M.T. degree.

Engineering Science majors must complete MATH 531 and 546 within the bachelor’s degree.

Complete a 12-hour education core/cognate within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  •  EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities
  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning
  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching
  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

As part of your undergraduate degree, complete at least one 3-4 credit hour course from each of the following science areas with a grade of C or better for a total of 12-16 credit hours:

  • Biology (BIOL)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Physics (PHYS)
  • Geology (GEOL) or Marine Science (MSCI)

Complete a 12-hour education core/cognate within your undergraduate program with no grade below a C:

  •  EDFI 300 (3 credit hours) – Schools in Communities
  • EDPY 401 (3 credit hours) – Learners and the Diversity of Learning
  • EDSE 302 (3 credit hours) – Teachers and Teaching
  • EDSE 500 (3 credit hours) – Equity and Community Engagement

As part of your undergraduate degree, you will need to complete the following Social Studies courses with a grade of C or better for M.T. admission:

  • HIST 111 and HIST 112
  • Four (4) 300 level or above history courses
  • POLI 201
  • ECON 224 or (ECON 221 and 222)
  • One course from GEOG 103 or GEOG 221 or GEOG 212
  • One course from PSYC, SOCY, or ANTH

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

 

Graduate Experience

The graduate program requires a minimum of 39 graduate hours over the course of one year. The courses you take in the graduate program will be specific to you, based on your prior course work. Once you are accepted into the program, your Secondary Education M.T. advisor will help you choose your classes.

You will take 15 hours of internship courses that allow you to learn through authentic classroom placements. You will work alongside experienced coaching teachers in local schools to learn to best teach high school students and improve student learning.

 

Application Process

You will start the application process during the senior year of your undergraduate program:

  • Apply online for the Secondary Education Master of Teaching program at  the Graduate School. Please submit all application materials online to the USC Graduate School no later than October 15 for spring enrollment and no later than January 15 for summer or fall enrollment.
  • Submit scores for program-approved admissions tests.
  • Successfully interview with faculty, which includes a review of transcripts, practicum experiences, and letters of recommendation from faculty members of your home college (the one where you are completing your undergraduate degree).

Current USC-Columbia students can attend a Become A Teacher session to learn more about this program.


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