Center of Excellence
Professional Development Course
Teaching Children of Poverty
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