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Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Assessment

About the Online Ed.D. Program

The online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Assessment is designed for professionals aspiring to be assessment and institutional effectiveness experts who can affect the institution's success and achievement through purpose, scholarship, and community. This Ed.D. prepares professionals for high-stakes careers in nonprofit professions, technical colleges, four-year universities, public and private K-12 institutions, and institutional accountability.

The student will gain scholarly expertise in the latest innovative research and best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design, instructional strategies, program evaluation, and student assessment. Using real-life settings, the student will learn to think critically about ways to drive innovation and change at the systemic level and apply ethical strategies that can affect quantifiable improvement. The student will thrive in a connected body of learners.

Why Curriculum and Assessment instead of Curriculum and Instruction

Most Ed.D. degrees at the doctoral level across the nation concentrate on leadership or curriculum and instruction. While there are many education doctoral programs available in curriculum and instruction, there are very few in the nation that concentrate on assessment as a main theme of the degree. This emphasis on assessment will concentrate on teaching and learning through assessment along with determining the quantitative and qualitative outcomes that can improve strategies and programs. Assessment training is desperately needed in today’s outcomes-based climate, creating job market demand for these skills.

Ed.D. Dissertation Process

You will begin the dissertation research process within the first year of your program of study. In research courses and residencies, milestones are established and you will receive faculty advisement to allow you to progress through your dissertation development, research, and defense throughout your program.

Summer Residencies

While almost all courses are offered fully online, students are required to be on campus for a one-week summer residency course during three summers. Each one-week residency will include classes and other curriculum activities focused around developing the student's dissertation.

In response to COVID-19, the School of Education will waive the Miller Analogy Test for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This change affects almost all applicants, both on-campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of March 15, 2020.

I believe that SWU has implemented an amazing program that gives us the flexibility of online while still ensuring the personal connection they are known for.
— Tiffany Arnold, current online Ed.D. student
Southern Wesleyan University offers the environment and flexibility I have been seeking in a Doctor of Education program. I have found a place that has impacted my intellectual, professional and spiritual growth.
— Shawntay White, current online Ed.D. student
The Ed.D. program has been an incredible opportunity for me! The professors are helpful and knowledgeable and always available to answer questions that may arise. This is a program that I would highly recommend to anyone considering more educational opportunities.
— Rachel Gregory, current online Ed.D. student
Named one of the 25 Best Online Doctorates in Curriculum

Online Program Start Dates

Monday, August 24, 2020
Monday, January 11, 2021

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Those who might be interested

  • Charter School Faculty and Staff
  • College/Tech School Faculty and Staff
  • Government Services Leaders
  • K-12 Educators
  • Nonprofit/ministry leaders

See highlights from our press conference announcement about this program.

Learn more about our online Ed.D. program from Dr. Paul Shotsberger.


At a Glance

Palmetto State Teachers Association Members Scholarship

Southern Wesleyan University will award a 10% scholarship to members of the Palmetto State Teachers Association who enroll in our M.Ed. programs. The 10% scholarship will be applied proportionately to each course of the entire program. The scholarship will be applied only toward tuition.

Students receiving tuition benefits from outside sources, including VA benefits, Military benefits, State and Federal scholarships & grants, and Tuition Assistance programs, may still qualify for scholarship assistance up to, but not to exceed, 100% of tuition expenses.

The student must complete scholarship application form and provide proof of Palmetto State Teachers Association membership.

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • An earned master degree in education or related field from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Masters in related field must be approved by the School of Education Graduate Review Committee.
  • Be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
  • A score on a nationally standardized graduate admissions test, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Test scores must be no more than five years old. The requirements are a minimum MAT score of 350. An equivalent Graduate Record Exam score will be accepted. MAT FAQs below.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Submission of two professional references with one of the references from current supervisor
  • Resume
  • One page letter to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Committee explaining why this particular degree would be important to the applicant’s career.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 877-644-5557 or .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Gender Non-Discrimination Policy (Title IX)

State Requirement Disclaimer

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. Additionally, Southern Wesleyan cannot determine credentials for individuals desiring to teach at the collegiate level as this varies by accreditor and is based on each individual's collegiate credit history.


MAT Test FAQ’s

In response to COVID-19, the School of Education will waive the Miller Analogy Test for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This change affects almost all applicants, both on-campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of March 15, 2020. A score on a nationally standardized graduate admissions test, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), is required for admission to the Ed.D. program. Test scores must be no more than five years old. The requirements are a minimum MAT score of 350. An equivalent Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score will be accepted. More info about the MAT here.

Why am I taking a standardized graduate admissions test?

The test is designed to reflect candidates’ analytical thinking and provides a consistent admission requirement by which to assess applicants.

Who needs to take this exam?

Each applicant needs to take the MAT or GRE regardless of experience or education.

When do I take this exam?

SWU must receive your score before you can be considered for admission. We recommend completing the test at least 3 weeks prior to the admission deadline in order to ensure a timely receipt of your scores. Testing centers offer a variety of dates to take the exam. Please check with your local testing center to find a date that is convenient for you.

What do I need to score to be considered for admission?

SWU requires a minimum score of 350 and cannot be more than 5 years old.

Why does the score have to be less than 5 years old?

SWU wants to ensure that the score is an accurate representation of the student. Pearson Assessments also only keeps MAT scores on file for five years from the testing date.

What is the GRE equivalent that will be accepted for consideration?

You can find the equivalency table here (PDF).

How should I prepare for the exam?

The MAT website provides a study guide as well as practice tests that should help prepare you for the test.

What is the cost of the MAT?

The cost of the MAT differs depending on the test location, generally ranging from $75-$100.

How do I register for the MAT?

You must register for the MAT by calling your local testing center.

How long is the MAT?

The MAT consists of 120 partial analogies and allows 60 minutes for completion.

Where can I take the MAT?

The MAT can be taken at any supported testing center.

How do I send my scores to SWU?

If you have not taken the test yet, you can choose for your scores to be sent to SWU at the time of testing. If you have already taken your test, you can order an official MAT transcript to be sent to SWU. You can send the transcript to the following address:

Southern Wesleyan University
Online Admissions
PO Box 1020
Central, SC 29630