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Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University


Charleston Southern University is a private Southern Baptist university located in North Charleston. Offering more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs, each degree program is combined with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation which is designed to develop problem-solving and communication skills. 

The College of Education has a strong tradition of producing teachers who are willing to serve the community. Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

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  • Charleston, SC

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Zack Evans

One of the best qualities of Charleston Southern University is that the professors cared about me as an individual person, and not just as a student. That has translated to me caring for the students in my classroom as kids, not just students.

Zack Evans

Charleston Southern University

Bachelor’s & certification

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program

  • 48 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The primary mission of the College of Education is to prepare you as a professional educator who, guided by a strong sense of community and the integration of your faith, is academically strong, pedagogically skilled, and morally committed to educating in a wide range of culturally diverse learning environments.

The College of Education at Charleston Southern:

  • Strives to be a college where faculty, staff and students are engaged in significant collaborative work and ongoing involvement and service in the public schools to improve education.
  • Seeks to inspire you to value learning as well as the learner as you serve as a teacher and leader in culturally diverse learning environments.
  • Encourages you to see the connections between your daily work and Christian faith so that you will have the content knowledge, skills and dispositions that you need to be successful in a career and view your whole life as a form of ministry.

The COE mission is reinforced in the liberal arts core curriculum, professional education courses, clinical settings, content specialty courses and other extracurricular candidate experiences, such as chapel, Future Teachers Society, CSU Odyssey, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Call Me Mister, service projects, and mission programs.

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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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  • $30,380

    In State Tuition

  • $30,380

    Out of State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Charleston Southern University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Charleston Southern University to see if you can, too!



Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program
American Mensa Education and Research Foundation and the local chapter, Piedmont Area Mensa, offer scholarships based on 550-word essays about educational, career, and life goals. For more information, contact Piedmont Area Mensa Scholarship Chairs Iuliana Watson at 864-838-2028 or Mary Ann Cox at 864-963-2335.

$500 Goldman McCormick Scholarship
Goldman McCormick understands that education is one of the cornerstones to building a community with clear and honest communication. To that end, they are proud to announce a $500 scholarship available to a student enrolled in higher education who exemplifies the same values.

$4,000 Christian Community Credit Union Scholarship
Christian Community Credit Union offers Scholarships for Success to its members attending college, a university or seminary. Eligible students must be full-time undergraduates enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester or graduate students enrolled in six or more hours per semester. Application for membership and scholarship can be submitted at the same time. Applications must be submitted by the end of March.

$1,000 Chase Rubin Foundation Scholarship
Chase Rubin believes that all young adults can benefit from furthering their education after college. However, he also knows that the price of education is increasing and not decreasing. Therefore, he created the Chase Rubin Foundation Scholarship to help one student each year become one step closer to completing their chosen degree program by giving them a $1000 scholarship. To apply for this scholarship you simply have to write a 500-word essay.

CG Fuller Foundation Scholarship
Applicants for this scholarship must be a South Carolina resident, an incoming freshman, demonstrate financial need, academic achievement & leadership qualities. Applicants must score at least an 1100 on SAT reading and math, or 24 on ACT composite. The family’s adjusted gross income must be $60,000 or less. Deadline to submit the application is April 1st of each year.


Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Work study is available for up to $1,000 per semester or $2,000 per year.


South Carolina Teaching Fellows

Charleston Southern University Teaching Fellows are part of an elite group of future teachers who have been selected to receive the Teaching Fellows Award. While they receive this award—up to $6000 per year for four years—Charleston Southern Fellows take part in service-learning opportunities, professional development, and collaborative experiences that prepare them to be innovative teacher leaders.

CSU is proud to be 1 of only 11 institutions in the state identified as a Teaching Fellow Institution. Following graduation, a Fellow commits to teach in South Carolina one year for each year he or she received the fellowship. The program is administered through the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). You can learn more here.

Call Me Mister

The Call Me Mister (CMM) program is a collaboration between Clemson University and other colleges and universities, including Charleston Southern University.  The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of available teachers from a diverse background, particularly among the lowest performing public schools.  Student participants are generally selected from among the underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. Call Me Mister will only accept students who major in Elementary, Early Childhood, Music, Physical Education, Middle or Special Education.

The program is HIGHLY competitive and provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships towards tuition and fees and a stipend each semester.

  • Non-Praxis Core Completion: $5,000 towards tuition and fees.
  • Praxis Core Completion: $10,000 towards tuition and fees

Misters are expected to teach in a South Carolina public school for EACH year they receive funding after they graduate.

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Biology (Grades 9-12)
Early Childhood (PK-Grade 3)
Elementary Education (Grades 2-6)
English (Grades 9-12)
Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
Middle Level Language Arts Add-on (Grades 5-8)
Middle Level Math Add-on (Grades 5-8)
Middle Level Science Add-on (Grades 5-8)
Middle Level Social Studies Add-on (Grades 5-8)
Music Education Choral Music (PK-Grade 12)
Music Education Instrumental Music (PK-Grade 12)
Physical Education (PK-Grade 12)
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


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  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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