Winthrop University: COE Graduate Studies - Degree Information

Graduate Studies

Degree Information

The overview below provides information on each of the College of Education's unique degree programs. You will find a brief overview, the name of the program's director, and contact information for the program director. Click on each program's name for complete information at the Graduate School's website.  

Counseling and Development
Graduate study in counseling and development leads to a Master of Education degree in either clinical mental health or school counseling. The Master of Education degree in counseling and development requires completion of at least 60 semester hours of approved graduate-level work.  Read more about Counseling and Development
Dr. Tony Strange, 803/323-4754,
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Teacher Leadership 

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers in contemporary schools. The program has options for concentrations, leads to the Teacher Leader add-on endorsement, and is aligned in part with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and addresses the critical issue of accountability in educational settings. 
Dr. Kavin Ming, 803/323-4756,

Educational Leadership
Graduate study in educational leadership leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in educational leadership. The MEd program prepares graduate candidates to work as elementary and secondary school principals. 
Dr. Tammy White, 803/323-4742, 
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Learning Design and Technology
The M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology emphasizes the study and application of learning theory and technology skills that can be applied to learning problems in a wide range of settings. Graduates will be able to design, develop, implement and evaluate small and large scale learning and technology initiatives and learn to design, develop and implement instructional materials and learning environments in face-to-face classes, online classes, or blended/hybrid learning environments. Graduates can seek employment as technology specialists, instructional designers, elearning specialists and more.
Dr. Marshall Jones, 803/323-2487,


The Master of Education degree in literacy is designed to prepare the certified classroom teacher for literacy teaching and/or literacy coaching. Graduates of this program will meet South Carolina course requirements for certification as a literacy teacher and/or literacy coach.
Dr. Shawnna Helf, 803/323-2158,   

Middle Level Education
The Certificate in middle level education is designed to provide the necessary young adolescent pedagogy and subject matter content needed by licensed teachers to be effective educators in middle grades. Courses emphasize the characteristics of middle age children, varying instructional strategies necessary to teach this age group and current content being taught in middle schools. Graduates with a certificate in middle level education will be prepared to be curriculum and instructional leaders in contemporary middle schools.  Read more about Middle Level Education
Dr. Stacy Martin, 803/323-2452,   

Special Education Intervention

The Master of Education degree in Special Education Intervention prepares educators to build, lead and participate in Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) programs and other proven intervention programs that support students at their level of learning with minimal disruption. This is a 100% online program.
Dr. Brad Witzel, 803/323-2453,

Sport and Fitness Administration
The Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration provides advanced degree seeking students with a quality sport and fitness administration education. The program prepares students to assume leadership positions in various sport and fitness venues in both facility and personnel management and program development. Graduates are prepared to direct sport and fitness programs in the private and public sectors. The program consists of core courses that provide students with a background in administration, research design and analysis, and current issues and trends in sport and fitness.  
Dr. Lauren McCoy, 803/323-4958,
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Master of Arts in Teaching

We offer two different options for our Master of Arts in Teaching program:  the traditional MAT and the MAT, One-Year Option.

Traditional MAT
The Master or Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed to prepare individuals who are seeking initial certification to be a classroom teacher. Graduate candidates may pick one of the following areas of licensure at high school level: biology, English, chemistry, mathematics, Spanish, French or social studies; or graduate candidates may pick one of the following areas for certification grades K-12: art, music, physical education or Spanish.  Read more about the Traditional MAT
Dr. Lisa Harris, 803/323-2588,


This full-time degree program allows students to earn a Master's degree and teaching certification in one year (three semesters). The MAT, One-Year Option is designed for, and open to, students who would like to teach in a specific subject area but did not major in education at the undergraduate level. Graduates of this program will meet South Carolina course requirements for certification as a teacher in one of the following certification areas: art, biology, English, French, math, social studies, dance, theatre, chemistry or Spanish. To apply for the MAT, One-Year Option your undergraduate degree must have been earned within one year of beginning the MAT, One-Year Option program. 
Dr. Lisa Harris, 803/323-2588,

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Last Updated: 9/19/19