Programs of Study

Why study at Lander to be a teacher?

The goal of Lander's teacher education program is to develop EPIC professional educators. As one of those professional educators, you'll learn to:

  • Engage in reflection and professional development to foster student learning.
  • Plan, provide and assess learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards.
  • Integrate content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students.
  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse populations, exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions.

In addition, Lander has earned accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All teacher education programs are accredited by the appropriate professional associations.

Did you know...

  • Lander University is one of the few institutions of higher education in the nation to offer Montessori teacher education programs accredited by the American Montessori Society.
  • Through the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program, Lander recruits talented high school seniors into its teacher education program. Teaching Fellows receive scholarships for four years, and in return they agree to teach in South Carolina one year for every year they receive the funds.
  • Through Call Me MISTER students from backgrounds that are under-represented in the teaching profession can receive financial, educational, and social support in order to complete any of our programs that serve students in grades kindergarten through the eighth grade. MISTERs agree to teach one year in South Carolina schools for each year of financial support.

DemonstrationThe teacher education curriculum

At Lander, we work closely with public school officials to maintain a curriculum that enables you to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of teaching. As a student in our teacher education program, you'll take a sequence of courses from general education, specialized content, professional education and a series of field experiences that culminate with student teaching.

  • The early childhood education program includes study and practice of specialized teaching methods appropriate for young children and a broad range of content preparation.
  • Candidates who seek early childhood certification may opt to do the additional coursework for a Montessori endorsement at either the undergraduate or graduate levels.
  • Elementary education majors study and practice methods appropriate for the elementary classroom, taking courses related to all of the academic areas taught in elementary school.
  • The special education program is built on a foundation of specialized content courses, addressing the competencies for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. These courses provide the needed background for multicategorical certification.

Rudimentary SkillsTeacher certification

Along with teacher certification in early childhood, elementary and special education, the Department of Teacher Education offers credentials at the graduate level through the Master's in Montessori Education degree in elementary education.

Lander also offers secondary certification (grades 9-12) in the following areas: English, Mathematics, and Social Studies. K-12 areas offered include Art, Music, and Physical Education. If you choose one of these routes, you'll pursue a degree in the specific subject area you want to teach, but your curriculum will include education courses and a full semester of clinical practice (student teaching). You'll be assigned an adviser from the Department of Teacher Education, as well as from your major area, to ensure you meet graduation and certification requirements.

Become certified in Montessori education through Lander

You believe children learn best through active engagement, using a wide variety of carefully designed materials. You understand that classroom environments should foster the development of independence and self-discipline. You know children have an innate need to be part of a supportive community. These are the tenets of the Montessori approach, and they are the standards by which you will train in Lander's Montessori program.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education – Montessori Emphasis
As an undergraduate, you will complete all of the courses required for an early childhood education major, as well as an additional 18 credit hours in the Montessori emphasis. Twelve of those hours are taken during the summer prior to your senior year. It is possible to pursue the Montessori emphasis and graduate within four years. A yearlong practicum is completed after graduation to receive American Montessori Society certification.

It is recommended that students observe in a Montessori classroom before making a decision to choose the emphasis.

Graduate Studies

In addition to its undergraduate programs, Lander provides a limited number of master’s programs and post graduate courses that respond to critical needs of the immediate region and the state. Supporting the university's role as a teaching institution and recognizing that scholarship is essential to establishing and maintaining excellence of instruction, Lander faculty engage in scholarly and creative activities appropriate to their teaching fields. Lander's graduate programs are:

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For more information, checkout the University Catalog, or follow one of the links below:


  • BS in Early Childhood Education, Grades PreK-3
  • BS in Early Childhood Education, Montessori Emphasis, Grades PreK-3
  • BS in Elementary Education, Grades 2-6
  • BS in Special Education – Multicategorical, Grades PreK-12
  • Master of Education in Montessori Education
  • Master of Education in Teaching & Learning
  • Minor available in Therapeutic Horsemanship

Secondary certification programs are offered in cooperation with other departments for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Middle-Level Education.

For full degree requirements, program goals and more, visit the department's section of the university catalog.