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

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.

Degree Programs

Biology Education (BS)
Early Childhood Education (BS)
Early Childhood and Family Studies (BS)
Elementary Education (BS)
English Education (BA)
Mathematics Education (BS)
Music Education (BA)
Physical Education (BS)
Social Studies Education (BA)
Special Education (BS)
Master of Education in Classroom Leadership
Master of Education in Administration and Supervision

Continuing Education

Teacher Endorsements Courses
Read to Succeed Literacy Courses
Project Read Courses


News & Updates for School of Education


The opportunities for Education majors are growing!

(Note: This is an excerpt from Best College Degrees for In-Demand Careers, Yahoo Education February 8, 2013.)

A bachelor's in education is a great starting point for people who want to pursue a field with growing opportunities, like education.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that a greater number of children and adults enrolled in all types of schools, as well as the large number of retirements, will generate employment growth in the educational services industry.

Since an education degree prepares students to teach in a variety of subjects, a typical education program usually includes a range of subjects such as math, science, art, and music. In addition, you'll most likely take classes specific to a teaching career, such as psychology of learning, education philosophy, and teaching methods.

In-Demand Career Options:*

  • Kindergarten teachers work with the youngest children and teach letters and numbers, as well as creating an awareness of science, art, and nature. Kindergarten teachers…are projected to see a 15 percent increase in jobs between 2008 and 2018.
  • Elementary school teachers generally instruct children in several subjects, including music, art, reading, science, and more. Elementary school teachers are projected to have a 16 percent increase in career opportunities between 2008 and 2018.

*All career, education, and job growth information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor using May 2010 data.