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University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a public, four-year university in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The campus features over 80 student organizations and membership in the Big South Conference, where Spartans compete in 15 NCAA Division I sports. With in-person and online course offerings, USC Upstate provides flexibility in achieving your initial teacher certificate.

USC Upstate believes in preparing you for the reality of the 21st-century classroom. Meaningful learning, immersive technology, and strong partnerships with local school districts allow you to become an expert in your teaching field and an anchor in your teaching community.

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  • Spartanburg, SC
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Bachelor’s & certification

Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

  • From 48 to 72 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


Relevant Links

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Program Info

USC Upstate's College of Education, Human Performance, and Health prepares you for success in a 21st-century classroom through relevant coursework, thoughtful instruction, and realistic classroom training.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Dec. 20, 2023

  • Aug. 10, 2024


Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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

  • $11,208

    In State Tuition

  • $22,710

    Out of State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

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


Amount Varies

Call Me Mister

Call Me MISTER is a collaboration between the University of South Carolina Upstate 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 early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, Special Education, or Physical Education as a major, demonstrated record of high scholastic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Apply Today!


Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship

Available to students pursing an undergraduate mathematics or science (biology or chemistry) degree and secondary education degree. Apply Today!

Amount Varies


Additional scholarships are available through the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health. The award starts at $500.


South Carolina Teaching Fellows

The goal of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and then develop leadership qualities within them. Students in the Teaching Fellows Program participate in enrichment programs and professional development opportunities throughout the state and the Pee Dee area.

Teaching Fellows at the University of South Carolina Upstate may receive up to $6,000 in yearly scholarships during the time they are completing a degree leading to teacher licensure. Upon graduation, a Teaching Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship.


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Biology (Grades 9-12)
Chemistry (Grades 9-12)
Early Childhood (PK-Grade 3)
Elementary Education (Grades 2-6)
English Language Arts (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)
Physical Education (PK-Grade 12)
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)
Spanish (PK-Grade 12)
Special Education Learning Disabilities (PK-Grade 12)
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