Getting Started

We are excited that you are interested in a career in education!  Please review the information below to guide you on a successful path in teacher education.

Declaring an Undergraduate Education Major

Students start the declaration of major process through their MyCharleston account (Program of Study Management System):

  • Declaration request is submitted online.
  • The Coordinator for Student Services will assign a faculty advisor to you in the EHHP.
  • Meet with assigned faculty advisor(s) within thirty (30) days.

If you have questions about the declaration of major process contact the Coordinator for Student Services for the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance at 843-953-2008.


Admission Requirements for Teacher Education Licensure Programs

Please click here for further information about the admission requirements into the teacher education program.


Undergraduate Praxis® Core Information

What is Praxis Core and do I need to take it?   

Praxis Core assesses Reading, Math, and Writing and is required for admission to undergraduate teacher education at CofC and for teacher certification. You do NOT need to take Praxis Core if you earned minimum SAT or ACT scores. Please click here to see whether you need to take Praxis Core.

What has changed? 

As of September 1, 2019 candidates may pass Praxis Core through individual Reading, Math, and Writing Scores or through a composite score of all 3 areas. The composite score option is new and can be helpful if a score in one of the 3 areas is a little low. Also, the Math test has been revamped and all 3 areas have new test codes. Please click here to see new test codes and passing Praxis Core scores in SC.

What if I have already taken Praxis Core exams and only need to pass one or two of the 3 areas? 

The new composite option and passing scores will be in effect even if some exams were taken prior to September 1. Since the content of the Reading and Writing tests did not change, scores from those Reading and Writing tests taken before September 1 may still be used. 

Who do I contact to register for FREE, Praxis Core on-Line Tutoring? 

Kelly Gunn, Administrative Assistant, gunnka@cofc.edu, 843.953.5303


Admission Stages

Please click here to learn more about the admission stages of the teacher education program.


Transfer Students

Transfer students must have transcripts officially evaluated by the Office of Admissions to determine course equivalents. Potential students may also access a “Transfer Equivalency Database” available in the “Transfer Credit” area of the Registrar’s Office website (http://registrar.cofc.edu/). The database will allow inquirers to view how courses from United States institutions have been previously evaluated for transfer to the College of Charleston. The Transfer Equivalency Database is not official and subject to change, but might help serve as a guide.

All education courses and those that might be considered to meet core or professional requirements will be further evaluated by the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.