Program Overview

The Educational Leadership Program prepares its students to become teachers, building, district, and higher education leaders in a variety of educational settings. Students gain a deep understanding of school leadership as they explore concepts, share ideas, develop relationships, and make discoveries. They come to know educational agencies, the complexity of schools, challenges of educational problems, and intricacies of change. Through course work and rich experiential learning in schools and institutions where students are employed, they develop evidence and research-based leadership to contribute to the transformation of education and enhancement of the student learning experience. The summer residency program for EDUC 804, Research Methods, and EDUC 903, Publication Writing, enables the development of deep, meaningful relationships that are extended through online synchronous and asynchronous learning. The on-campus summer residency program requires one week on campus for each of the two summer 8-week courses.  

The SC Difference 

Recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its online degree programs, Southwestern College offers quality online degrees to adult learners. With courses taught by expert faculty and access to a variety of student resources, SC learners are provided with the tools and flexibility needed to succeed in their education while preparing for professional advancement. 

  • Tailored online instruction
  • Nonprofit, regionally accredited

Summer Residency

The summer residency dates and courses for Summer 2021 are as follows:

  • EDUC 804, Research 1, offered July 12-16
  • EDUC 903, Publication Writing, offered July 19-23

Each course continues for one week. During the scheduled time period, the course starts in the morning at 8:30 AM and then ends at 4:00 PM. Assignments extend into the evening, before and beyond the residency, for the completion of a significant project in the research course and the writing course. 

The Ed.D. program offers two tracks.  The Licensure track leads licensed teachers to an added endorsement in building or district leadership. The non-licensure track is available in teacher leadership or higher education leadership. Non-higher education students must show credentials that verify a K-12 license. For some leaders who have acquired the level of licensure desired for their career, this program can serve as a path to a doctoral degree.


For information about the educational leadership doctoral program, please contact:

Jackie Glasgow, Ed.D.

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