SC State celebrates in-demand educators

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dr. Albert Heyward, interim dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, proudly administered the Educators Oath to 21 multi-talented teacher education candidates inducting them into the teaching profession. The spring 2014 semi-annual Educators Induction Ceremony was held on May 5.

SC State celebrates in-demand educators

Twenty-one students inducted into the teaching profession.
According to Dr. Janice B. Owens, program director, South Carolina has a policy that requires all teacher education candidates to pass Praxis Core Academic Skills Test before being admitted to an education preparation program.


SC State has a policy that requires teacher education candidates to pass all state mandated examinations required for a teaching licensure before enrolling in student teaching, the last course required for program completion.

“This policy  makes SC State’s teacher education  graduates marketable  and  the most highly sought after group of teachers by school districts from more than 40 states in the United States as well as school systems abroad to include the Caribbean islands,” said Owens.

SC State’s Education Preparation Program is one of the few programs where 100 percent of its teacher education candidates graduate certifiable, having passed all state mandated examinations required for obtaining a teaching licensure.

With this teaching licensure, SC State graduates are eligible to teach in the state of South Carolina which has reciprocity with more than 40 other states.

Upon graduating from the SC State University  Education Preparation Program, teacher education graduates secure teaching positions and begin educating children in school districts throughout the state of South Carolina, as well as schools in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New York. The newly prepared educators land jobs in teaching disciplines such as early childhood, elementary and secondary education, special education, music, English, mathematics, science and business education.

In addition to being diverse in various teaching disciplines, the university’s Education Preparation Program graduates a number of African-American males each semester through its “Call Me Mister Program.”  These African-American male teachers make a significant impact on the critical shortage of male teachers in South Carolina as well as in other states.

President Thomas J. Elzey, who greeted the inductees and welcomed their family, friends and other guests, spoke of the university’s rich heritage and legacy.

“South Carolina State University continues its legacy of producing the largest number of   African-American teachers in the state who are well prepared to compete with educators within our state and beyond,” said Elzey. 

To the inductees he said, “Be proud of this legacy as you begin your career in this noble profession.  Always be mindful that it is because of dedicated teachers that we are successful in our lives and careers.”

Elzey further commended the faculty, staff and pre-k through 12 school partners for providing the inductees with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become effective educators.