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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.

Department of Education

The Department 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 Department 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 Department of Education seeks to instill in teacher candidates dispositions related to a “Christian ethic of care” towards self, learners, colleagues, and the community.


The School of Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels.

Learn more about our accreditation

SC Teach

Our partners at TeachSC have free tools and resources, including one-on-one coaching calls, to help you decide the right pathway for you. PLUS, they can help you apply to a program (and provide financial support, too!). Access these resources by signing up here!

Professor providing Christian college curriculum to student pursuing elementary education degree.

“My time at SWU definitely impacted me as a teacher, and I have fond memories of sharing in devotions before class. SWU is the whole package! Great leadership with excellent, faith-building instruction.”
– Ashley Bennett, M.Ed. Graduate

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:

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


These for-credit programs give students key skills and tangible experience in the growing field of learning, culminating in a certificate and digital badge, as well as four courses that are directly transferable into one of our masters' programs.

Classroom Leadership

Instructional Design


SC CREATE fully pays tuition and textbook costs for full-time South Carolina educators completing coursework required for add-on, alternative, or initial licensure in special education and advanced licensure in speech-language pathology.