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Converse University
Converse University

Converse University empowers students to become transformative leaders who see clearly, decide wisely, and act justly. Converse was founded in 1889 by citizens of Spartanburg, SC, who aimed to create an educational experience for women, and in fall 2020 it welcomed its first undergraduate co-educational incoming class. The University encompasses the School of Humanities, Sciences, and Business; the School of the Arts; the School of Education and Graduate Studies; and the Converse College for Women. 

Converse offers over 100 majors, minors, certificates, and graduate programs across two campuses (Spartanburg and Greenville) and online. Converse students are game-changers: leaders, creative thinkers, and doers who are looking for more from their college experience. Undergraduate Education majors include Art, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. Masters programs include Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Converse also offers Education Specialist (EdS) degrees and a doctorate (EdD) in Professional Leadership.

  • College or University
  • Spartanburg, SC
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Chelsea McDonald

I could fit in by using my voice and sharing my experiences and culture with others and build relationships with people I would never have met.

Chelsea McDonald

Converse University
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Bachelor’s & certification

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program

  • 48 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person, Online, Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Whether you are an aspiring teacher or a classroom veteran, when you enroll as an education student at Converse, you join a legacy of award-winning teachers and school administrators.

Converse graduates earn honors such as Presidential Educator of the Year, National Marine Educator of the Year, and the Order of the Palmetto. A Converse degree is recognized throughout the southeast as the mark of a quality educator. Beyond degree programs, we offer classes, add-on certifications and recertification opportunities in a wide range of formats and content areas.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Sep. 18, 2023

  • Rolling Deadline


Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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

  • $21,060

    In State Tuition

  • $21,060

    Out of State Tuition

  • $40

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

No cost offsets reported by Converse University at this time.Check outExplore Financial Aidto find other scholarships and other financial support in South Carolina.


Art (PK-Grade 12)
Early Childhood (PK-Grade 3)
Elementary Education (Grades 2-6)
English (Grades 9-12)
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)
Special Education Hearing Impairments (PK-Grade 12)
Special Education Intellectual Disabilities (PK-Grade 12)
Special Education Learning Disabilities (PK-Grade 12)
Special Education Special Education (Multi-Categorical) (PK-Grade 12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

In order to complete any of the initial certification programs at Converse University, candidates must meet four benchmarks in the program. Below is an overview of what is required to meet each of these benchmarks.

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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