Private, Christian college in South Carolina

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

Professors provide one-on-one mentoring outside the classroom at Southern Wesleyan University

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Eclipse Over SWU - August 21, 2017

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

School of Education

The School of Education provides academic study and training to students seeking teaching careers in the field of public, private, or Christian education.

Based on its conceptual framework, the School of Education has adopted the theme statement, “Educators who demonstrate scholarship within a Christian ethic of care.” Teacher candidates are guided in the acquisition of skills that are necessary to plan and implement instruction of content area subjects at the elementary and secondary school levels. Further, teacher candidates are instructed in specific aspects of assessment and classroom management that facilitate the improvement of student learning and teacher instruction. This is accomplished through interacting with experienced university faculty in the classroom and pre-clinical experiences in actual classrooms with mentor teachers. Finally, the School of Education seeks to instill in teacher candidates dispositions related to a “Christian ethic of care” towards self, learners, colleagues and the community.

Accreditation

The teacher education programs at Southern Wesleyan University are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Education Faculty

SWU certainly prepared me for my job in many ways! Creating management models, unit lesson plans, and assessments have been invaluable through my first three years teaching!! I felt prepared from day one to conquer the standards set before me! I have built upon my foundation to become an even more effective teacher! When you have your own classroom you really get to know what works and what doesn't! I am so humbled by the fact that I am Teacher of the Year and can't wait to perfect my craft in the years to come!

Caroline Smith, Class of 2014
2016-17 Teacher of the Year, McKissick Elementary School

Continuing Education

Teacher Endorsements

Elective coursework obtained at Southern Wesleyan University can assist education professionals as they seek to enhance their professional training. These courses are offered fully online, can be taken as stand-alone courses, and could lead to an add-on endorsement for those professionals with a teaching certificate. Courses offered can lead to these add-on endorsements:

  • SC Read to Succeed Literacy
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Learning Disabilities

Learn more about Teacher Endorsements

Project Read

Southern Wesleyan University administers the state-funded Project Read grant. This grant's purpose is to provide language arts staff development to K-5 South Carolina public school teachers using the Language Circle Project Read curriculum. Tuition, books, and materials will be funded by the state grant at no cost to the participant.

Learn more about Project Read

Call Me MISTER

The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State’s lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio- economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

Call Me MISTER Program