Converse’s teacher preparation programs comprise a wide diversity of field and clinical experiences in public schools. Our program prepares you to become an effective teacher with an in-depth knowledge base of your field and appropriate teaching strategies for the developmental level of your students, guided by our faculty who continually challenge students to integrate theory with practice.
More reasons to choose Converse:
Veteran Faculty: Our faculty have extensive experience in public education as teachers, administrators, or special consultants.
Quality Education: Our curriculum is aligned with professional standards and meets all the requirements for national approvals by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), approved by the South Carolina Department of Education. You will be qualified for certification reciprocity with many other states.
Community Partnerships: We enjoy close proximity to and partnerships with local public schools enabling you to have diverse experiences in a variety of schools while introducing you to a broad spectrum of student populations and work opportunities. These partnerships place social studies teacher candidates with master teachers for clinical and student teaching placements.
Clinical Experiences: The teacher education curriculum at Converse includes sequential clinical experiences in public school settings. You will complete at least two of these clinical experiences prior to student teaching. You may elect to participate in the One-to-One teacher program in which you will stay with your mentor teacher for the entire school year, completing clinical placements in the fall and January and student teaching in the spring semester.
Convenience: Flexibility is essential for students who manage busy work schedules and personal commitments. Most required courses are conducted after 4 p.m., accommodating students’ busy schedules. We work with students one-on-one to accommodate your specific needs, allowing you to balance work life, personal life and school.
Degree Prestige and Value: Since 1890, Converse has provided students with education rooted in the liberal arts. Converse graduates are principled and productive citizens capable of creative thinking and problem-solving.