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Teacher Education

Teacher Education - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Make a difference as an educator. If your career goal is teaching in a K-12 setting, HGTC's Teacher Education degree is a great first step. You’ll gain the tools needed to help students of all ages learn, grow, and succeed in school. After completing this A.A.S. degree, you can either start working in the education sector as a paraprofessional or pursue a bachelor’s degree.

HGTC has 2+2 transfer agreements in place with Coastal Carolina University for the following teacher preparation programs: Early Childhood, Elementary Ed, Middle Level Education, Special Education, and Physical Education. HGTC also has transfer agreements with the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and Francis Marion University. Students interested in transferring to another senior institution should contact their Academic Advisor for assistance in course selection. It is also important for you to contact the Transfer Admissions Office of the transfer institution early in order to determine appropriate courses for transfer. 

Admission to the Professional College of Education at senior institutions requires passing scores on the PRAXIS I; HGTC offers PRAXIS preparation opportunities (EDU 102).

The HGTC/CCU partnership has been designated a SC CREATE Center. SC CREATE allows full-time employees in SC public and charter schools to receive cost-free course work to complete add-on, alternative, or initial licensure in special education and various related services personnel areas. The HGTC/CCU Center allows qualified recipients to earn their AAS in Teacher Education and their Bachelor of Arts in Special Education fully distanced and online. To apply, students can visit https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/special-education-services/projects-and-supports/create/.

Teachers are in high demand in South Carolina, and qualifying teachers can have their student loans forgiven through the South Carolina Teachers Loan Program. Teacher Education students may also qualify for the SC WINS scholarship.

The mission of the HGTC Department of Teacher Education is to empower students to become caring, competent, and collaborative future educators to teach and support diverse learners.


  • Students will be able to apply content, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that reflect best practice in teacher education.
  • Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Program promotes professional behaviours and life-long learning.

Career Pathways

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning, saving you time and money.
There are currently no certificates associated with this pathway.
Go to the University Transfer page for more information.

For more information contact:
Rebecca Hubbard - (843) 349-7117
Allissa Santmyer - (843) 349-7500
Babs Crane - (843) 349-5266
Tina Winesette - (843) 349-7822


Specific Admission Requirements for Program

Curriculum Sequence

Credit Hours
English Composition and Speech  
ALL of the following MUST be completed:
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
   Total Credit Hours Needed 9
MAT 250 Elementary Mathematics (see advisor) 3
MAT 110 College Algebra (see advisor)  
MAT 120 Probability & Statistics (see advisor)  
ONE course to be chosen from the following courses:
AST 101 AST 102 BIO 101 BIO 102 BIO 105
BIO 210 BIO 211 CHM 110 CHM 111 PHY 201
PHY 202        
   Total Credit Hours Needed 7
Humanities/Fine Arts
TWO courses to be chosen from the following courses:
ART 101 ART 108 ENG 201 ENG 202 ENG 205
ENG 206 ENG 208 ENG 209 ENG 230 ENG 236
HIS 101 HIS 102 HIS 201 HIS 202 MUS 105
PHI 101 PHI 110 PHI 201 SPA 201 SPA 202
THE 101        
   Total Credit Hours Needed 6
Social Behavioral Sciences
PSY 201 General Psychology    3
PSC 201 American Government 3
   Total Credit Hours Needed 6
EDU 102 Professional Preparation for Education Careers 3
EDU 110 Careers in Education 3
EDU 200 Foundations of Special Education 3
EDU 201 Classroom Inquiry with Technology 3

EDU 241

Learners & Diversity**

  Total Credit Hours Needed 15
Choose from transferable Humanities, Communication or Social Science courses or courses below. Courses used to complete one requirement cannot be the same course or courses used to satisfy other requirements.
  Total Credit Hours Needed 21
Students interested in Early Childhood Education (pK-3rd) should talk with their advisor. It is recommended students take the following elective courses:
ECD 101 ECD 135 MAT 251 GEO 102 HIS 202
*Lab Science PSY 201      
Early childhood students may substitute ECD 252 for EDU 241.
Early childhood students may substitute ECD 107 for EDU 200.
Students interested in Elementary Education (2nd-6th) should talk with their advisor. It is recommended students take the following elective courses:
ECD 135 GEO 102 HIS 101 HIS 201 MAT 251
PSY 203 PSY 210      
Students interested in Middle Level Education (5th-8th) should talk with their advisor. It is recommended students take the following elective courses:
EDU 242 PSY 210 ***Choose two content areas ELA, SS, Math, Science
English: ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 205, ENG 155
Social Studies: ECO 210, GEO 102, PSC 201, HIS 201, HIS 202
Mathematics: MAT 120, MAT 140
Science: AST 101, BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 110, CHM 111
Students interested in Special Education (pK-12th) should talk with their advisor. It is recommended students take the following elective courses:
MAT 251 GEO 102 PSY 203 PSY 210  
Students interested in Physical Education (pK-12th) should talk with their advisor. It is recommended students take the following elective courses:
BIO 210 BIO 211 PSY 203 PSY 210  
Students transferring into a professional program for Teacher Education must earn an overall GPA of 2.75, Pass or Exempt Praxis I, and be able to pass a Criminal Background Check.