College of Education

The College of Education prepares men and women to become Christ-centered educators who are builders of knowledge, values, and community.

—AU College of Education educational philosophy


As a teacher, you pass on the knowledge and values of our culture, from the mathematics that governs physics to a lens to study great literature. To become an effective educator, you must master both knowledge and teaching strategies so all students can learn. And while creating a safe, supportive, learning community, you also need to coach students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.

The Greatest Teacher of All

Sure, you can prepare to be a teacher at other universities, but at AU you'll be encouraged to emulate the greatest teacher of all: Jesus Christ. With Him as the model, we teach you pedagogy as well as how to cultivate the patient, caring heart you'll need to inspire students.

Early Field Experiences

In addition to our emphasis on bringing Christian caring into the classroom, our undergraduate and graduate programs expose you to the perfect mix of education theory and practice. Within the first year of our bachelor's degree programs, students observe veteran educators teaching and planning in public schools.

Your Future and Licensure

A school district superintendent, principals, and veteran, award-winning teachers are among our hundreds of education grads. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), we offer the bachelor's degrees that lead to initial teacher licensure through the South Carolina State Department of Education.

South Carolina Teaching Fellows

Each year, through the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program, dozens of AU students teach in China, host a storytelling festival on the AU campus, and take part in other events. If you're a high school senior who lives in South Carolina who wants to become a teacher, consider applying to the Teaching Fellows program. This program provides up to $6,000 in annual scholarships, as well as enrichment activities for education students who plan to teach in South Carolina.

The Call Me MISTER Initiative

Students in the Call Me MISTER Initiative (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) are active on AU's campus and in the community. Call Me MISTER awards tuition assistance to minority men who seek to teach and serve as role models in South Carolina elementary schools. 

Graduate Degrees

On the graduate level, our Master of Education (non-certification program )is designed to help teachers integrate current, research-based best practices into their classrooms. Our Master of Education in Administration and Supervision prepares teachers to become school principals at either the elementary or secondary level. Further, the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education program prepares professionals with undergraduate degrees in other fields to become certified teachers.

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