The Department of Instruction and Teacher Education is a dynamic, nurturing, collaborative learning community that supports the growth
of aspiring and practicing educators.
The Department of Instruction and Teacher Education is committed to educating and
conducting research related to all areas of teaching and learning. Our programs prepare
students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become influential educators,
leaders, researchers, advocates, and empowered change-agents in schools and communities.
We offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level programs, as well as endorsements
and specializations for teacher education. Courses are delivered face-to-face, online,
and in hybrid models. The flexibility of our programs enables students to work with
and be mentored by faculty who are expects in their fields of study, and are engaged
in research that impacts schools and communities. Classes are small and engaging.
The department of Instruction and Teacher Education offers three undergraduate, nine
master’s level, and three doctoral degree programs:
Educational Practice and Innovation, Ed.D. (Curriculum Studies concentration)
The Curriculum Studies Program offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational
Practice and Innovation which is informed by the Carnegie Project on the Education
Doctorate (CPED). The Curriculum Studies concentration is 100% online.
This degree is designed to assist scholarly practitioners develop an in-depth understanding
of social justice in diverse communities, actively conduct research as educational
leaders, and use equity pedagogies to address problems of practice in educational
Educational Practice and Innovation, Ed.D. (STEM concentration)
The STEM Program offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Practice
and Innovation which is informed by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate
(CPED). STEM concentration is 100% online.
The STEM Ed.D. is designed to prepare STEM education leaders across varying educational
settings such as school, district, and state. The program is designed to support research-practitioners
and focuses on investigating problems of practice in STEM education.
The Ph.D. in Language and Literacy prepares candidates to impact the existing knowledge
base of literacy in scholarship, schools, and diverse communities of practice, and
to take a proactive stance on addressing barriers to literacy equity and justice.
Through coursework and hands-on experiences, candidates will work with dedicated faculty
to develop their abilities to conduct research and expand capacities to study critical
issues and needs. Graduates will be prepared to pursue faculty positions in higher
education and specialized literacy professional positions.
The Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning program prepares educators to engage in transformative,
high quality research, teaching and leadership at the university level. Emphasis on
developing scholar activists who address issues of equity and the needs of culturally
and linguistically diverse populations. The program ensures that graduates are able
to excel in teaching and learning in educational institutions, including universities,
funding agencies, schools, districts, and departments of education.
This project is designed to strengthen the expertise and skills of South Carolina’s
early childhood leaders, particularly people who work in settings that serve very
young children and their families. This project, made possible by funding provided
by the South Carolina Department of Social Services-Early Care and Education Division,
leads to a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
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