Two new graduate programs will begin this academic year: the M.Ed. Educational Leadership and the M.Ed. Learning and Teaching. Both programs have been approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Department of Public Education.
The Master of Education in Learning and Teaching will offer a unique curriculum to meet the needs of certified teachers. The program offers the opportunity for educators to develop professional expertise in a new area or to extend their professional knowledge in an area where they have already developed a level of expertise. The degree program consists of intensive coursework divided between 15 hours of essential core coursework and 15 hours of study in a high-demand area of specializations. Current specializations to be offered are: Instructional Technology, Literacy, and Early Childhood / Elementary Education. This program is closely aligned with the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Conceptual Framework of the Spadoni College of Education.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for individuals currently employed in the education profession who seek to enhance their career opportunities through a graduate degree in educational leadership. The program includes courses that integrate active learning throughout the curriculum. Students will be engaged in action research projects, which are field-based inquiries in real classrooms; as well as, being placed and supervised in a two-semester internship experience. Graduates will become well qualified professionals as they further their knowledge of the functions of a high achieving school in the areas of curriculum, instruction and student achievement. This program will help address the leadership shortages for the State and specifically, for the counties of Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Marion and Dillon.