Cohort Options

What is a cohort?
Graduate academic cohorts are a grouping of courses for teachers interested in gaining additional skills and knowledge in a particular area. Upon completion of courses, teachers may apply to the state to have endorsements or certifications added to their teaching licenses. Cohorts are designed to help with specific district issues like critical need areas. Cohorts typically range from 12 to 22 students with graduate-level, catalog courses which may be used in College of Charleston master's degree programs and may be transferred to other colleges. The number of courses and length of time varies depending on cohorts. Courses can be delivered online, in-person, or hybrid during fall, spring, and/or summer terms.

Available Cohorts: 

Through our Cohort model, we offer certifications and endorsements in multiple areas!  These include

  • Special Education Certification
  • Multilingual Learner Certification (Formally ESOL)
  • Project-Based Learning 
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Teaching Children of Poverty 


The Special Education Cohort leads to certification in Learning Disabilities.  The Cohort has 6 courses in the program. Please click here for course titles.


Multilingual Learner Certification is a 5-course Cohort program that includes Principles and Strategies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as well as Linguistics and Assessment courses. Click here for course titles


The Project-Based Learning Endorsement is comprised of 3 courses which include Introduction to PBL, Applications of PBL in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Practicum in PBL. Click here for course titles and numbers.


The Teacher Leader Endorsement offers flexibility with various course offerings that meet state guidelines for obtaining endorsement. Please click here for course titles.


The endorsement for Teaching Children of Poverty includes 2 courses - Class, Race, and Gender in Education and Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Education or Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in P-12 Schools and Classrooms. Please click here for course numbers and titles.


Cost Per Credit Hour

Cost of College of Charleston Cohort Courses For a complete sample breakdown of the cost of a typical cohort, please click here.

College of Charleston $574 (without discount) $358.75 per credit hour (within cohort)