Kathy J. Sobolewski
MEd Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Education
- Administration and Supervision
The emphasis in administration and supervision (elementary or secondary) prepares educators to become certified educational administrators. The rigorous and relevant coursework and internships prepare students for the challenging – and rewarding – role of working as an educational leader.
Students will study various concepts including supervision of instruction, how to be an effective mentor, current trends in school leadership and many others that will empower the next generation of school leaders. Successful completion of all program requirements leads to South Carolina certification as a principal and supervisor.
The fast-track Master of Education in elementary and secondary school administration and supervision offers: an accelerated program with innovative scheduling of courses to meet the needs of classroom teachers and coaches, certificate advancement to bachelor’s degree plus 18 after Summer I in first year of program, a 16-month course of study completed through online, weekend and face-to-face instruction and a cohort model that supports collaborative learning. This program is considered hybrid.
One of the hallmarks of our administration and supervision program is the opportunity to learn from seasoned educational leaders who, over the course of their respective careers, have served in a multitude of school leadership roles. Thus, the leadership student has the opportunity to study and consider numerous viewpoints and perspectives on what it means to be a caring, competent, effective leader in education.
- Teacher Leadership
The Master of Education in teacher leadership program is designed primarily for South Carolina certified teachers who want to develop leadership skills that can impact and influence students and peers. The Master of Education in teacher leadership places priority on your classroom and school as the focal points of course discussions, assignments and assessments. This focus allows you to directly apply what you are learning to your teaching environment, in the classroom and beyond. This program will equip you to assume a variety of roles in education – from expert teacher, early career mentor, and instructional coach, to department chair, staff development leader, assessment coordinator and curriculum coordinator. The program is offered in a blended format, with an online video classroom experience once per week.
- Physical Education and Sport Coaching
The Master of Education in physical education and sport coaching program is designed primarily for physical education teachers and athletic coaches who want to further their knowledge to impact and influence students and peers.
The master’s in physical education and sport coaching is offered ONLINE and provides opportunities for current physical education teachers to enhance their skills in teaching and provides an avenue for new coaches to understand the role sport coaches play in the development of young athletes. Students will explore sport law and ethics, strength and conditioning programming and sport psychology, along with sport science and research related to teaching and coaching for all ages and skill levels. The role of physical education teachers and sport coaches is steadily changing. Youth league and scholastic level coaches are now facing the prospect of specialization in one sport including year-round skill development and games. College coaching has shown an increase in the need for specialized coaching practices, especially by newer coaches and assistant coaches, to develop particular aspects of players to fit their role on the team. As the obesity epidemic continues to grow in America, the emphasis that physical education teachers place on skill development in fitness is also growing, as demonstrated in the SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes. This program will equip students to become strength and conditioning coaches, college coaches, youth and K-12 coaches, physical education department chairs, etc.
- Literacy & Literacy Coaching
Literacy coaches provide assistance and professional development to language arts teachers. Their support enables teachers to be reflective practitioners as they implement the best instructional strategies. The CSU 33-hour literacy coaching program works to develop coaching practices and leadership skills for the prospective literacy coach.
Charleston Southern University, in conjunction with numerous sponsoring agencies, offers a variety of professional development courses for practicing teachers and administrators. We are affiliated with Berkeley County School District, Georgetown County School District, Santee Cooper, Dorchester District 2 and Lexington 1.
Please contact the staff development coordinator in your district or Dr. Kathy J. Sobolewski, coordinator of the CSU MEd programs in education, at 843-863-7478 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about current or future courses being offered by your district.
Custom Designed Professional Development Courses
Whether you are affiliated with a school, a district, or an agency, CSU can help you develop custom-designed professional development courses for teachers and administrators. Each three-credit graduate level course meets for 45 hours and is designed to fit your specific needs. From course design and registration through final testing, a CSU professional will coordinate your course(s) to ensure convenience and quality.
If you are interested in offering a graduate level professional development course through Charleston Southern University, please contact please contact Dr. Kathy Sobolewski, coordinator of MEd program, at 843-863-7478.
The College of Education and the degree programs within the school are accredited or nationally recognized by the following professional associations:
- National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE)
- Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI)
- Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)