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2016 FALL WORKSHOP • Nov. 7, 2016

Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty

Keynote Speaker – Gerry Brooks

“Spreading Humor Through the World of Education”

The Fall Workshop was a huge success! Everyone enjoyed Gerry Brooks presentation.

More than 950 attendees re-registered for the Hurricane Matthew-delayed workshop

held at River Bluff High School Performing Arts Center in November.

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Spring Research Consortium

2017 Center of Excellence Spring Research Consortium

March 14, 2017

Location:  SC Department of Archives & History • 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC  29223

Keynote Speaker: David C. Berliner

David Berliner is Regent’s Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University. He is the winner of numerous awards, most notably the Brock award and the AERA award for distinguished contributions to education.  Professor Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, chapters and books. Among his best known works is the book co-authored with B. J. Biddle, The Manufactured Crisis, and the American Education.   His most recent book, 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools, was co-authored with Gene V. Glass and students, and published in March, 2014.  We are excited to have him with us for the Research Consortium.

2016 COE Summer Institute

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year's 2016 event!

The Summer Institute continues to improve each year and your participation is a large part of that success!

If you missed this year's event and want to review the schedule to see the quality of our sessions and speakers

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View the FMU COE Summer Institute 2016 Schedule & Directory.

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SOUTH CAROLINA

ADD-ON CERTIFICATION

FOR TEACHERS OF CHILDREN OF POVERTY

 

The Center of Excellence has worked for ten years to study the needs of teachers who work in low-income schools. The identification of specialized instructional strategies that can help students achieve more school success has been a major focus of study, as have the theories upon which these strategies are grounded. The Center received a legislated mandate to expand programming beyond the Pee Dee Region, and to develop a sequence of courses and field experiences that would lead to South Carolina Add-On Certification for Teachers of Children of Poverty.

 

The Francis Marion University School Center of Excellence convened a task force comprised of stakeholders from around the state to consider the specialized preparation that would enhance an educator’s skills and knowledge beyond that required for traditional teaching and to prepare the individual for work in high-poverty schools.   This group prepared a proposal that was submitted to the South Carolina State Department of Education and subsequently to the State Board of Education.  The add-on certification requirements were approved and submitted for legislative approval.  In June 2012, the Add-On Certification for Teachers of Children of Poverty became law in South Carolina and is currently the only certification of its type in the nation.

 

 

South Carolina State Certification Requirements

ADD-ON CERTIFICATION FOR TEACHERS OF CHILDREN OF POVERTY

 

TEACHING CHILDREN OF POVERTY

 

This is an optional endorsement and add-on certification that is intended to enhance the skills of educators who work with children and youth who live in poverty.

1. Endorsement
a. Bachelor’s degree
b. Initial or Professional Certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or pre-K–12 level
AND
c. Six semester hours in the following courses Semester Hours
Living in Poverty 3
One course from among the following:
Language, Literacy, and Poverty 3
Teaching and Assessing Children of Poverty 3
Home, Community, and Classroom Partnerships in High Poverty Areas 3

2. Add-on Certification
a. Bachelor’s degree
b. Initial or Professional Certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or pre-K–12 level
c. Specialized Preparation Semester Hours
Living in Poverty 3
Language, Literacy, and Poverty 3
Teaching and Assessing Children of Poverty 3
Home, Community, and Classroom Partnerships in High Poverty Areas 3

NOTE: All courses must include a field experience component.

 

FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY COURSES

ADD-ON CERTIFICATION FOR TEACHERS OF CHILDREN OF POVERTY

 

Francis Marion University offers all courses leading to the South Carolina Add-On Certification for Teachers of Children of Poverty.  Courses are offered in traditional, hybrid, and distance formats.  Each course requires the legislatively mandated field experience in a high poverty school.

 

ADD-ON CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT

FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY COURSES

Living in Poverty

EDUC 555 – 3 Semester Hours

Introduction to Educational Programs for Children of Poverty

Teaching and Assessing Children of Poverty

EDUC 599 – 3 Semester Hours

Teaching and Assessing in High Poverty Schools

Home, Community, and  Classroom Partnerships In High Poverty Areas

EDUC 635 – 3 Semester Hours

Family-Community-School Partnerships in High Poverty Schools

Language, Literacy, and Poverty               

EDUC 636 – 3 Semester Hours

Language and Literacy in High Poverty Schools

 

Center of Excellence
Professional Development Course
Teaching Children of Poverty
EDPD 525

The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty, in cooperation with the Francis Marion School of Education, has created a graduate level professional development course specifically designed to support the needs of teachers in high-poverty schools who are interested in exploring ways to increase the school success of their under-resourced students.
The course and its required clinical experiences are designed to present participants with an in-depth study of issues related to teaching children of poverty. It includes collaborative research activities and the use of existing research evidence in the areas of the life in poverty; the classroom community; family and community partnerships; curriculum design; instructional strategies and assessment; relationship-driven classroom management; and teachers as learners, leaders and advocates to improve curriculum, instruction and assessment in schools serving large numbers of children of poverty. This course is required for all Center of Excellence Scholars.

For information on how to register for this course please contact the Center of Excellence at (843)661-1828 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it