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Wanting to become an early childhood, elementary, or special education teacher?

Complete your first two years at TCL, then transfer when you’re ready.

The Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Education Associate in Arts degree program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree. TCL’s  60-credit-hour program focuses on the general education courses you’ll need regardless of where you transfer.

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What Transfers?

It’s best to check with the your future college/university (and preferably the specific program) to verify the transferability of any TCL course.

Want to know exactly what transfers? Visit the Student Records page and use the SCTrac tool to find a list of courses that transfer.


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    EASY TRANSFER

    Program courses transfer to many four-year colleges and universities in and out of state.

    SAVE TONS

    Save tens of thousands of dollars by completing your first two years at TCL.

    GO ANYWHERE

    Continue your studies in early childhood, elementary and special education.

    ACCREDITATION


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    PROGRAM COST


    Tuition: 60 credits x $200 per credit = $12,000.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2021 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


    “I was driving a school bus when I discovered I had a driving passion for working with children and decided to go back to school.”

    Tavonnia Evans

    Graduate

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    Important Additional Requirements

    Students applying to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree program must supply the following documentation before registering for courses:

    Students applying to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree program must supply the following documentation before registering for courses:

    • An official copy of high school transcripts or Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) transcripts. A certificate of completion will not be accepted as a substitute for a high school diploma or GED.
    • All candidates for the AA degree must take the COMPASS/ASSET placement evaluation unless they have official college transcripts with a “C” or better in College Algebra (MAT 110) and English Composition I (ENG 101), or have qualifying SAT/ACT scores.
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the issuing college/school directly to the Admissions Office at TCL via the mail.
    • A copy of the high school or GED transcripts, COMPASS/ASSET placement evaluation, SAT and/or ACT scores, and/or college transcript must be at the TCL Admissions Office before a student can register.
    • Students lacking these requirements may register as career development students and will not be admitted into the AA program until all requirements are met.

    Articulation and Transfer

    Articulation and Transfer:

    TCL participates in a statewide articulation agreement with South Carolina’s publicly supported colleges and universities. In addition to the courses included in the statewide agreement, many courses transfer from TCL to senior institutions both in and out-of-state. Students should check with institutions to which they are seeking admission to determine the particular courses and the exact number of credits that college/university may accept in transfer.

    Publicly supported colleges/universities in South Carolina include but are not limited to The Citadel, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina – Columbia, University of South Carolina – Beaufort, University of South Carolina – Aiken, University of South Carolina – Upstate, Winthrop University. The most up-to-date information is available at www.sctrac.org.

    Program Dean


    Frederick Cooper

    Dean, Arts & Sciences

    843-470-5950

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 105

    Instructors


    Lakesha Allen

    Biology Instructor

    843-470-5964

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 103

    James Daniels

    Math Instructor

    843-525-8332

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 241

    Christa Guicherit

    Psychology Instructor

    843-525-8280

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

    Daniel Herrin

    English Instructor

    843-525-8270

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 211

    Shana Hirsch

    English Instructor

    843-525-8347

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 118

    Rosemary Hunt

    Spanish Instructor

    843-525-8274

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 109

    Russell Keevy

    English Instructor

    843-470-6022

    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 207

    Joy Locke

    Speech Instructor

    843-525-8225

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 110

    Greg Mauriocourt

    History Instructor

    843-525-8334

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 230

    John Mills

    Biology Instrucor

    843-470-6036

    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 211

    Tom Mullins

    Psychology Instructor

    843-525-8306

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 229

    Andrew Passarello

    Math Instructor

    843-470-6039

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 230

    Stacee Phillips

    Biology Instructor

    843-525-8260

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

    Robert Rusnak

    History Instructor

    843-525-8297

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

    Sandra Walsh

    Biology Instructor

    843-470-6026

    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 211

    Heather Weiss

    English Instructor

    843-525-8206

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 119

    Andrea West

    Math Instructor

    843-525-8239

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm 243