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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 09-27-19) 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 09-27-19) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science-Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12), B.A.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Credit Hours: 36+

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.

Political Science Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12)

Students interested in teacher licensure in social studies must complete the political science major, the additional coursework required for social studies certification and the Secondary Education Cognate, B.S.  major requirements. See the School of Education, Health and Human Performance  section of this catalog for a listing of the requirements for the additional certification coursework and the secondary education cognate major. Students should apply for acceptance to this program no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. Requirements for this include admission to and successful completion of the approved teacher education program. Students must successfully complete all requirements for licensure in secondary education.

When declaring teacher licensure in social studies through the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select “Declare or Add a Major” and then “Secondary Education Cognate” from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the political science major and follow the on-screen instructions.


  • You should apply for admission (this is NOT declaring your major) to the Teacher Education Program the semester you are enrolled in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) . Requirements for admission:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.750 and 60 earned credit hours.
    • Passing scores on Praxis Core: Academic Skills for Educators designated by the South Carolina Department of Education OR qualifying SAT or ACT scores. Scores must be sent to the College of Charleston (Code R5113) and the SCDE (Code R8108).
    • Completing the application process during EDFS 201 .
    • If a student has transfer credit for a course that is equivalent to EDFS 201 , they must meet with the Teacher Education department chair and complete 1 hour of work.
    • A grade of C or better in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) 
  • Your admission process must be completed before taking EDFS 460 .
  • You must complete a major in the content area and the cognate major (see Secondary Education Cognate, B.S. ) to be forwarded to the State Department of Education for certification.
  • Minimum Political Science GPA of 2.500.
  • Minimum education GPA of 3.000.


At least 15 credit hours at the 300-level or above is required of this major

Select a minimum of 3 credit hours in each of the three subfields of political science


No more than 6 credit hours from POLI 261 , POLI 267 , and POLI 268  may be applied to the major.

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

The following courses are excluded: ANTH 101 , ECON 200 , HIST 103 , HIST 104 , HIST 201 , HIST 202 SOCY 101