Coker’s education major combines a strong liberal arts core with the specialized content and professional education courses necessary to excel as a leader and professional in the education field.

The Coker model is unique in that every education course has a corresponding field experience in a real public school classroom, where you’ll observe and work with PK-12 students. These field experiences, which begin in your first year and continue throughout the program, help you affirm the grade levels and content you want to teach, while giving you real teaching experience from your very first class. Our program prepares you for certification, but it also prepares you with strong content knowledge and the skills to apply innovative ideas and teaching models that adjust to your students’ individual needs—so you can be the most effective and inspiring teacher possible.

WIGGINS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Concentrations

The Wiggins School of Education offers 10 programs, which have all been approved by the South Carolina Department of Education for licensure. Teacher candidates who successfully complete these programs are recommended to the State of South Carolina for certification in the indicated subjects and grade levels.

To pursue a major in education, you should start by scheduling a meeting with the Director of Teacher Education during your first semester at Coker.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (PK-3)

An Early Childhood Education major prepares you with the specific tools you need to become an effective and inspiring teacher in preschool through third grade classrooms. You can also combine Early Childhood Education with Elementary Education and become dual-certified, preparing you to teach preschool through 6th grade.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (2-6)

An Elementary Education major prepares you with the specific tools you need to become an effective and inspiring teacher in second through sixth grade classrooms. You can also combine Early Childhood Education with Elementary Education and become dual-certified, preparing to teach preschool through 6th grade.

ART, DANCE, MUSIC, OR PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PK-12)

If your interest is specifically in art, dance, music, or physical education, Coker will prepare you to teach your chosen content area in PK-12 classrooms.

Guided by the department’s education coordinator, you will follow a structured curriculum to prepare you with base knowledge and teaching methods specific to your content area. In addition, core courses within the Wiggins School of Education cover topics such as assessment and classroom management.

BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, OR SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION (9-12)

If your interest is specifically in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, or social studies education, Coker will prepare you to teach your chosen content area in high school classrooms.

Guided by the department’s education coordinator, you will follow a structured curriculum to prepare you with base knowledge and teaching methods specific to your content area. In addition, core courses within the Wiggins School of Education cover topics such as assessment and classroom management.

DOWNLOAD THE ACADEMIC CATALOG

For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

With a degree in any of the 10 program areas of education, you can complete South Carolina certification requirements to teach in a PK-12 setting, depending on your major. Graduates of the education program at Coker are now working as exceptional teachers in early childhood centers and primary, elementary, middle and high schools.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your education degree:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Fundraiser
  • Public Information Officer
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Radio/Television Newscaster
  • Adult Educator
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Journalist
  • Sales Representative
  • Audio-visual Specialist
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist
  • School Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Librarian
  • School Psychologist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Media Buyer
  • Social Worker
  • Continuing Ed. Program Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Speech Consultant
  • Convention Organizer
  • Market Researcher
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Tour Guide
  • Counselor/Guidance Counselor
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Teacher
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Private Tutor
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor
  • Public Lecturer
  • ESL Teacher
  • Public Relations Specialist

Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of South Carolina
  • Savannah College of Art
  • Florida State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Northern Illinois University
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter, PH.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Dean of the Wiggins School of Education; Director of the Teacher Education Program; Coordinator of the Literacy Studies Graduate Program; Coordinator of the Curriculum and Instructional Technology Graduate Program;

Richard C. Culyer, III

Richard C. Culyer, III, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Education

Edward S. Ebert

Edward S. Ebert, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Education

Casey Gilewski

Casey Gilewski

Assistant Professor of Education

Margaret J. Godbey

Margaret J. Godbey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of First-Year Writing; Coordinator of the English Education Concentration; Co-Director of the Writer's Studio

Ryan Higgins

Ryan Higgins, PH.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Tamara Hoefer

Tamara Hoefer, B.A.

Coordinator for the Wiggins School of Education

Darlene Maxwell

Darlene Maxwell, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita of Education

Sara S. Odom

Sara S. Odom, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita of Education

Danielle M. Pierce

Danielle M. Pierce, M.Ed.

Director of Education Internship Programs

JOSEPH H. RUBINSTEIN

JOSEPH H. RUBINSTEIN, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Education

Gwen Senokossoff

Gwen Senokossoff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program

John E. Williams

John E. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Coordinator of the Social Studies Education major