The mission of the School of Education is to prepare students to enter helping and service professions that address the well-being, development, and support of individuals and families across the lifespan. A comprehensive program of teaching, research, and service provides the foundation for the work of the faculty in the departments that comprise the School of Education.
The School of Education includes the following units: (1) Department of Education, Child & Family Studies; (2) Office of Teacher Education; (3) Child Development Center; and (4) Upward Bound 1 & II.
Dr. Damara Hightower, Dean
Education, Child and Family Studies
Dr. Tracy Middleton, Chair
Office of Teacher Education
Dr. Damara Hightower, Director
Child Development Center
Mrs. Theressa Wilson, Director
Upward Bound I
Mrs. Carolyn Pouncy, Director
Upward Bound II
Ms. Leteya Sumpter, Acting Director
The School of Education at Benedict College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Benedict College. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. The Benedict College Teacher Education program is approved by the South Carolina Board of Education to offer teacher education degrees in the following three areas and grade levels: Art Education (PK-12), Early Childhood Education (PK -3), and Elementary Education (2-6). Benedict College is in full compliance with section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act and reports each year on the performance of program completers on the required certification examinations and performance assessments. All Benedict College teacher education program completers are required to pass all certification examinations for program completion.
See College Catalogue for more information, including Courses and Programs of Study.