Students and Alumni
Why earn a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina? Hear from current students and alumni
as to why earning a Master’s degree in Education Administration at the University of South Carolina is so special.
Current M.Ed. student
"I selected the UofSC program for a few reasons: cost effectiveness, the convenience
in attending classes and the time frame in which I could potentially finish the program
(about 2 years). I also have close friends that earned their Master’s in Educational
Administration through UofSC and they lauded the convenience of the classes (online) as well as the curriculum.
I am really enjoying the program. My thinking has shifted because I am now able to
place myself into the mindset of an administrator and understand some of the how's
and why's of daily school operations. I am gaining valuable insight into the world
of education. I am able to see current educational trends and how they are affecting schools and have started
to look at the data to see what might happen in the future.
The big advantage for me is attending classes online. Just like all professionals,
I have a very busy schedule both in and out of the classroom. I feel that UofSC respects our time and makes classes available for when I am able to take them. For instance, I got married this summer so I did not take any classes. However, I was still able to enroll for the fall semester
so that I could work toward finishing my degree on time. Another advantage is the
personal approach that UofSC is taking. I was contacted, by phone, by Dr. Hardie the day I decided to enroll.
I appreciated her taking the time to communicate with me and walk me through my MPOS
that night. The professors are also focused on improvement and often asks for input
from the students who are enrolled. Not only do they want to improve the program for
current students, but also for future students."
Current M.Ed. student
"I chose the Educational Administration Master's Program at the University of South
Carolina because I knew that I would be well prepared for a career as a school administrator.
Public Education is ever-changing and can be challenging at times. The program I am
currently in takes this into account. My professors draw on real world examples and
issues to teach us how to better serve our schools in an administrative capacity.
The content taught is immediately applicable and often has challenged me to be assertive
and courageous as a teacher leader in my school. The program is also designed to be
completed while teaching full time. This allows me to pull in program content and
practices into my school building each day, while also letting my students have a
classroom teacher that is focused on their academic growth.
Through this program I have learned a great deal about what it means to be an educational
leader. Sometimes it looks like taking the reins, and other times it requires reflection
instead of reaction. I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge shared by dedicated
professors who truly have shown interest in helping me succeed and I look forward
to a career in administration. "
2019 Graduate of the M.Ed. Program
"The Educational Leadership and Policies Master’s Program at the University of South
Carolina was the best fit for my educational career. The fact that I could access
online courses with top notch professors while continuing to work and refine my craft
was a huge factor. What I did not expect and found to be a hidden treasure in my Master’s
journey was the privilege of being able to collaborate with educators from all over
South Carolina and beyond. I was able to gain knowledge from the experiences of fellow
leaders from Colorado, Ohio, and Virginia to name a few. The convenient and respected
Educational Leadership and Policies Program drew me in to the University of South
Carolina, the experience, mentorship, and collaboration of the professors and fellow
students made it an invaluable experience.
With my degree, I get to practice my passion. I am currently serving as an Assistant
Principal and Technology Director at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Columbia,
Current M.Ed. student
"After seeing several teachers in my district completed a variety of Master's programs
throughout the country, I realized that the level of learning that occurred as a result
of the UofSC Education Administration program is unparalleled. Teachers leave this
program with the skills and knowledge to begin and excel in their new career path.
After spending only one semester in the program, I can already see the difference
it has made in the lens through which I see teaching and leading! The readings, videos,
and course discussions broaden my perspective while the written assignments allow
me an opportunity to develop my vision as a leader. I look forward to continuing to
grow and learn as a result of this program! "
2017 Graduate of the M.Ed. Program
Current Position: Assistant Principal at Airport High School
"UofSC holds personal value to me, because of the familial ties we share. This university
played a pivotal part in enhancing my uncle's, aunt's, childhood best friend's, and
brother's academic career goals and dreams.
For this reason and witnessing UofSC's immediate impact on success fostered my choice; because I knew the learning experience
transformed students into elite professionals. As I expected, this transformation prompted
an Assistant Principal position in Lexington 2 School District before officially graduating.
I was UofSC'ed, you should too!"
Current M.Ed. student
"I have the pleasure to belong to the online Master program of Educational Administration
with the University of South Carolina. After having decided the passion topic that
was going to further my career and offer me a brighter future, I had to make another
big decision and that was where or how I would make it happen. Although it seemed
like it would be a hard thing to do, it wasn’t at all. I already knew about the reputation
of the University of South Carolina and its state, national and international renown.
I personally knew great professional people around me who completed their masters
and doctorate degrees with the university and held prestigious positions in the educational
field, and for that I felt like I could follow their model.
In the process of getting started, registering and completing paperwork I had an enormous
amount of support from several people that were constantly checking on me and making
sure I would go through a smooth and painless beginning process.
Now that I’m in the program, I continue to receive immediate support from my professors
and advisers whenever I need it. The program is very competent, well structured, it
follows a logical order of classes and it offers a great variety of elective classes.
I feel fortunate to belong to the program and I am confident it will open many great
doors in the near future!"