FAQs


Is there a deadline for applying for admission to the program?

You may apply anytime. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible so that your application may be processed in a timely manner.

When is the best time to begin the program?

You may begin any time after you have been admitted to the program. It is possible to begin the program as a “non-degree seeking student” and, once you are fully admitted, transfer in one or two courses you have successfully completed.

Is there a thesis requirement?

Degree candidates complete a Program Portfolio during the final semester of their coursework. The purpose of the portfolio requirement is to provide you with a capstone experience in which you demonstrate the breadth and depth of what you have learned throughout your course of study and integrate them into a whole to represent the abilities you are taking with you to advance your career.

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates are doing great things in a variety of settings! Some work as technology specialists in school districts and for independent schools; others work in industry as instructional designers or trainers; others work in a variety of positions in higher education. Some graduates also choose to pursue advanced degrees.

I am really interested in the program, but I am not sure that I will be able to afford it, what are my options?

Visit the Financial Aid website at USC and USC Aiken for available aid and how to apply. Also, if you are a certified teacher in South Carolina a discount might be available, ask the Program Coordinator for more details.

What if I have other questions?

Contact your Program Coordinator:

Dr. Michael Grant, USC Columbia (michaelmgrant@sc.edu)
Dr. Erin Besser, USC Aiken (erinbe@usca.edu)

Do Degree Candidates have any useful tips to offer?

Of course! View the video below for a Top 10 List.