For Students

The Center for Partnerships to Improve Education (CPIE) supports students in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance through: 

Summer Research Employment -  Since 2017, Summer Research Employment has provided a limited number of EHHP students the paid opportunity to gain research skills under the mentorship of an EHHP faculty member during a summer session. CPIE serves as the hiring office and the faculty member provides direct supervision of the student employee. CPIE does not match interested students with faculty, therefore only students who have been invited by an EHHP faculty member should apply. 

Click HERE for more details.

 View an infographic video about Summer Research Employment here.

Read the 2020 Summer Research Employment assessment report here.

Read the 2019 Summer Research Employment assessment report here.

Read the 2018 Summer Research Employment assessment report here.

Read the 2017 Summer Research Employment assessment report here.

Read the 2017 report on Faculty Mentored Research in EHHP here.

Urban School Synergy

The Urban School Synergy program supports the preparation of education majors seeking more profound professional experiences in a Title I school in Charleston County School District. The program offers a yearlong placement (final field + clinical practice internship) to a limited number of carefully selected College of Charleston students.

For the 2020-2021 program, only early childhood education and special education students will be eligible to apply. All placements will be at Memminger Elementary IB World School, located at 20 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401. Please note that the number of teacher candidates selected is contingent upon the availability of appropriate placements at the participating school. 

Students participating in Urban School Synergy complete the same degree requirements as their non-participating peers and benefit from a set of experiences designed to prepare them to make positive contributions to urban Title I schools. In addition to the yearlong placement in a Title I school, Urban School Synergy participants receive the following benefits:

  • A facilitated cohort experience with other Urban School Synergy participants
  • Paid registration to attend either the Charleston Child Trauma Conference (virtual, Oct 19-22, 2020) or mini-courses offered by the Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law (virtual, October 12, 2020)
  • Paid registration and travel expenses (if in-person) to attend the Equity in Education conference in Columbia (January 2020)
  • Paid registration for one administration of the SC-required Praxis Subject Assessment (Praxis II) or Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test no later than April 24, 2021
  • Opportunities to participate in school-specific professional development experience


  1. Full-time student in good standing at the College of Charleston
  2. Early Childhood or Special Education major
  3. Expect to complete final field in Fall 2020 and clinical practice internship in Spring 2021

Applications for the third Urban School Synergy cohort will be accepted until August 10, 2020. Click here to apply

Classroom Library Project           

Classroom Library Project is an opportunity for CPIE (in partnership with OSSC) to support the College of Charleston's clinical practice interns as they prepare to have their own classroom.

Here's how it works:

(a) Participating interns select three book titles from the provided list of children's books. Open to early childhood, elementary, and special education majors only.

(b) CPIE purchases two copies of each of the three selected books

(c) The intern receives one copy to help build a collection of children's literature for his/her future classroom.  The second copy is donated to the classroom in which the intern is currently working. 

(d) In exchange, the intern is expected to incorporate at least one of the books into classroom instruction and submit a reflective essay to CPIE. 

The fall semester book list is comprised of children's books dealing with death/dying, disability, chronic health conditions, and mental health. The spring semester list contains children's books written by or about African Americans.  

To participate, register online by September 16 (fall semester) or Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (spring semester). 

Learn how the Classroom Library Project has impacted our interns here (2016 report)
Learn how Classroom Library Project has impacted cooperating teachers here (2019 report)


Student Group Grants

Student Group Grants are mini-grants for student groups housed in EHHP. Eligible student groups may apply for up to $250 per academic year to support community initiatives that relate to education and/or health and wellness. Funds must be used for interactive projects involving the student group and the non-campus community.

Eligibility: Student groups must be either (a) a student program for EHHP majors, such as Teaching Fellows or (b) a current SGA-recognized organization, such as the Health and Human Performance Club. In either case, the student group must have a faculty/staff advisor who is housed in EHHP. Please check with CPIE to confirm your eligibility. 

Non-campus community defined:  For the purposes of this grant, the non-campus community is defined as a particular school, organization, program, or neighborhood; government entity; business; or a specified audience within the general public. You are encouraged to check with CPIE prior to submitting your application.

Use of Funds: Grant funds may be used for materials, guest speakers, food, and travel that are directly related to an activity in which the student group will interact with the community. Funds may not be used for alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gift cards, tips (gratuity), monetary donations, scholarships, cash prizes, clothing, membership dues, fundraising, in-kind donations, or class projects.  Student groups receiving grant funds are expected to comply with all relevant College of Charleston policies and procedures regarding the planning and implementation of the activity. Please review these policies and procedures before applying for funds. CPIE will accept no responsibility for any violation of these guidelines.

Collaboration: Collaboration between student groups is encouraged. At least one of the collaborating groups must be housed in EHHP, and all collaborating groups must be officially recognized by a College of Charleston department, school, or SGA.  Collaborating groups may submit a joint application for up to $250 per project or individual applications for up to $250 per group. Only groups housed in EHHP may submit individual applications for funding, therefore cross-campus collaborations are eligible to submit a joint application only.

To apply for a Student Group Grant, submit your application at least 20 days prior to the proposed activity.