Master of Education in Classroom Leadership - M.Ed.

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At A Glance

Program Credit Hours

36 credits

Average Completion Time

18 months (not including electives)

Cost per course

Total Cost
$16,000 *


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


Central (main campus)




North Augusta

* Total Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only. All stated financial information is subject to change.

Online Program Start Dates

Sunday, May 3, 2015

About the Program

Course Descriptions Brochure (pdf)
Degree Plan (2015-16) (pdf)
Tuition and Fees Plan (2015-16) (pdf)
Comparison of M.Ed. Programs
M.Ed. Electives - Content Areas  

What is the Master of Education in Classroom Leadership?

The Master of Education program is designed for advanced professional development of educators. The program concentrates on an educational framework that supports the advancement, application and integration of relevant theory and practice within the classroom with a focus on philosophical and psychological learning theory, appropriate instructional strategies, critical thinking, contemporary issues and assessment. This program does not lead to teacher certification, however, Master of Education graduates may qualify for a pay increase for earning this advanced degree.

Southern Wesleyan does not advise students on what will or will not be accepted by their state departments of education.  Students are encouraged to contact their state department of education to ensure the degree offered by Southern Wesleyan University meets state requirements.

(For those students who hold a Georgia teacher certification, Georgia has implemented new guidelines for the pay upgrade for the Master degree. At this time, Southern Wesleyan University’s M. Ed. in Classroom Leadership will not lead to an upgrade. This is because our program major does not meet the in-field or new field upgrade requirement. Individuals that desire to complete advanced degree programs in the transitional fields of Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology and Teacher Leadership must meet the new field upgrade criteria. Please access this PDF for more information. Southern Wesleyan is currently investigating the process for the Master in Classroom Leadership becoming approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.)

What do students enrolled in the M.Ed. program do?

As a Master of Education student, you will practice concepts learned from the program in their own classrooms and conduct educational research.

Is this DEGREE right for you?

You might consider a Master of Education major if you already hold a bachelor’s degree in education and state certification, have one year of teaching experience, and wish to advance professionally as an educator.

About our students

In our Master of Education program, students have opportunities work collaboratively with peers, and develop skills in classroom management, curriculum, technology, leadership, and research.

About our graduates

When you graduate from Southern Wesleyan you will be prepared for a career as a teacher at the elementary and secondary school levels who can take on increased responsibilities such as grade level coordinator or department head.

Teachers of the Year

Every year, Southern Wesleyan graduates are listed among the nominations and the winners of teacher of the year awards across South Carolina and in other states. In Charleston alone, six Southern Wesleyan students and graduates won 2014 teacher of the year awards in their districts.

  • Elisabeth Vella (current M.Ed. student) - Oakbrook Middle (Dorchester District 2)
  • Staci Ulichnie (current M.Ed. student) - Harborview Elementary (Charleston County School District)
  • James Tomasello (current M.Ed. student) - Pinehurst Elementary (Charleston County School District)
  • Amy Bonnett ('12 alumna) - James Island Elementary (Charleston County School District)
  • Deidre Pearson ('13 alumna) - EXCEL Academy @ Morningside Middle (Charleston County School District)
  • Ruth Butka ('13 alumna) – Whitesville Elementary (Berkeley County School District)

See a list of a few more of the many SWU graduates recognized for education achievements.


"The M.Ed. I received from SWU has helped me fulfill leadership duties at my school in a more informed and constructive way. I apply active listening and problem solving skills to assist in the operation and decisionmaking that goes on in the meetings that I am required to attend. My training has also helped me develop skills to interact with parents in a more proactive and encouraging way. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my parent/teacher relationships."

Dana Jackson, Class of 2009

Our graduates have jobs at:

  • Public School districts across South Carolina and the United States
  • Private schools
  • International schools