Message from the Chair
The Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies prepares students to meet the needs of students, families, and clients in our ever-changing society through programs for initial certification and advanced study. The Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies has over 450 students enrolled in its graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Middle Level Education, Special Education, and Family Consumer Science; provides leadership to the Social Studies Teacher Certification Program; and offers The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree. MED Programs in Counseling, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Middle Level Education offer students opportunities for advanced study in a variety of disciplines.
There are 23 full-time faculty and several part-time faculty in the department. All full-time, tenure-track faculty members have earned doctoral degrees and have numerous years of professional experience in their chosen field of study.
Undergraduate programs offer field experiences beginning in the freshman year, and may include clinical experiences in Macfeat Laboratory School, local schools, and/or local public service agencies. All programs feature small classes and a curriculum that emphasizes content knowledge, professional expertise, use of technology, and development of leadership skills. Faculty members seek opportunities to involve both graduate and undergraduate students in research projects, writing, and conference presentations.
Student organizations provide engaging opportunities for involvement in professional and service activities. Faculty sponsors work with students in several organizations including Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, National Alliance of Black Student Educators (NABSE), Palmetto Student Teachers Association (PSTA), Student Chapter of the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA), and WINAFACS.
Mark W. Dewalt, Ph.D.
Chair, Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies