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Claflin University
Claflin University


Claflin University is located in the small city of Orangeburg, South Carolina, and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Among numerous accolades, Claflin is ranked the #1 HBCU in the state, and for its 11th consecutive year, the University is in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 10 of the Nation’s Best HBCUs.

As the oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina, Claflin University’s commitment to teacher education has been consistently strong since its founding. It has produced teachers, principals, superintendents, and numerous other educational professionals who have made significant contributions to the myriad of classrooms and other educational contexts within the state of SC and across the United States.

The School of Education offers undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Middle Level Education; PK-12 and Secondary Education Programs.

  • College or University
  • Orangeburg, SC
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Chelsey Williams

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Bachelor’s & certification

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program

  • 48 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person, Online, Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The goal at Claflin University is to prepare teacher candidates with an understanding of human values, a firm grounding in technology and a commitment to teaching, research and service. Graduates of the teacher education program are conscious and service-oriented leaders who are advocates for children and education, using research findings, best practices and ethics to guide decision-making. Claflin is committed to technology and cultural diversity. 

The Education program is designed to provide sufficient training and experiences in content, professional knowledge, pedagogy and to enable graduates to perform successfully in the field of education. The School of Education and its K-12 Partners collaboratively offer experiences to support candidates in enhancing their development and demonstration of knowledge, skills, content and dispositions which they learn from their courses and field and clinical experiences. The program is committed to providing students with the most realistic experiences possible for a smooth transition into their own classrooms.

Upcoming Deadlines

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    Program Start

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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

Learn how to get$100 Back
and apply for a$1000 Scholarship

  • $28,900

    In State Tuition

  • $28,900

    Out of State Tuition

  • $30

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

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


Up to $28,936

Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

$28,936 The Presidential Scholars Scholarship: This scholarship is available to outstanding high school seniors committed to academic excellence. Students should be active in community service and leadership roles. Minimum SAT of 1200 or ACT 27. 

$5000 Claflin University Honors College Scholarship: Available to incoming freshmen with high academic achievements and leadership potential. Minimum SAT score of 1100 or ACT 24.

$7500 Academic Incentive Award: Available to incoming freshmen with strong GPA, SAT Test scores of 1000 or higher/ACT equivalent. Students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

$3000 United Methodist Scholarships "Double Your Dollars": For full-time students who have been members of a United Methodist Church for at least one year.

Up to $2,500 per year

Student Loans, Payroll Deduction

$2,500 United Methodist Loans: For active members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application.

Up to $2000 per year

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Work study opportunities are available or the candidate can choose to find employment while enrolled.

Amount Varies

Call Me Mister

Call Me MISTER is a collaboration between Claflin University and Clemson University to recruit, train, and certify elementary teachers in the public schools of South Carolina. The mission of Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background, particularly among the State’s lowest performing elementary schools. The Call Me MISTER program is contributing to the talent pool of excellent teachers by identifying and supporting young men who are literally touching the future by teaching children. The program provides: book assistance, performance-based stipends, an academic support system to help ensure success, and a cohort system for social and cultural support to designated program participants according to student progress in the program. Applications are reviewed once per academic year on a competitive basis. Interested students must have declared elementary education or early childhood education as a major, demonstrated record of high scholastic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Apply Today!

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Art (PK-Grade 12)
Early Childhood (PK-Grade 3)
Elementary Education (Grades 2-6)
English (Grades 9-12)
Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
Middle Level Language Arts (Grades 5-8)
Middle Level Mathematics (Grades 5-8)
Middle Level Science (Grades 5-8)
Middle Level Social Studies (Grades 5-8)
Music Education (PK-Grade 12)
Music Education Choral Music (PK-Grade 12)
Music Education Instrumental Music (PK-Grade 12)
Music Education Piano (PK-Grade 12)
Music Education Strings (PK-Grade 12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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