Zucker Family School of Education – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:32:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Zucker Family School of Education – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Dean Evan Ortlieb named to 2021 class of Forty under 40 https://today.citadel.edu/dean-evan-ortlieb-named-to-2021-class-of-forty-under-40/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26825 The Charleston Regional Business Journal has announced the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 honorees, including Dean Evan Ortlieb.]]>

Note: Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., is the dean of the Zucker Family School of Education.

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Andy Owens

The Charleston Regional Business Journal announces the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 honorees today.

Each year, the Business Journal and its sponsors and partners recognize the Forty Under 40 during a special event and awards ceremony. Profiles of the individual honorees also are published in a special print section of the Business Journal.

The annual awards recognize the professional success and community involvement of 40 professionals under age 40 who are making their mark on the region from a mix of industry, professional and community sectors.

Nominations are submitted by individuals, businesses, organizations and colleagues. Judges independently score the nominations, and 40 emerge from the pool of candidates for the final list of honorees.

The Forty Under 40 Class of 2021 will be featured in a special section of the Aug. 23 edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

A special event will be held live from 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Click here for ticket information.

West Ashley High’s Adam ‘AJ’ Barnes named 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year https://today.citadel.edu/west-ashley-highs-adam-aj-barnes-named-2021-ccsd-teacher-of-the-year/ Mon, 30 Aug 2021 15:09:59 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26200 Both Adam “AJ’ Barnes and runner-up Abigail Best have benefited from the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel.]]>

Note: Both Adam “AJ’ Barnes and runner-up Abigail Best have benefited from the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel. Barnes attended Educational Leadership classes in 2020 through a certification program and Best graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2020. (Photo courtesy: Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Libby Stanford

For Adam “AJ” Barnes, being a teacher is about more than giving lectures and helping students ace their tests. It’s about building relationships and a community where students thrive.

The Charleston County School District named the West Ashley High School social studies teacher and baseball coach its 2021 Teacher of the Year. Barnes is in his fifth year teaching and coaching at the high school. 

Barnes was joined by his family, colleagues, the West Ashley cheerleading squad and many balloons when he accepted his award Aug. 26.

The teacher was one of five finalists throughout the district. In order to receive the recognition, Barnes had to give a tour of the high school, provide a model lesson to be critiqued and go through an extensive interview process with a panel of judges.

The other four finalists for the award included runner-up Abigail Best from James B. Edwards Elementary School, Candace Bare from Ladson Elementary School, Katie Johnston from the East Cooper Center for Advanced Studies, and Vickie Klatt from St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science.

Although he’s grateful for the recognition, Barnes was quick to put the focus back on the students.

“It’s not about me,” he said. “I’m tremendously honored and humbled to represent this district, this school, our community and, most importantly, our great kids.”

The past year and a half has been like no other. Barnes, like so many other teachers, spent the 2020-21 school year juggling in-person and virtual classes via Zoom.

He’s watched as students and staff members test positive for COVID-19, were put in and out of quarantines, and manage to keep it all together while everything remains uncertain.

While he’s proud of what he was able to accomplish, Barnes said it’s even more impressive to see the capabilities of the students.

“Especially this past year, with everything that we’ve gone through, you begin to appreciate the resiliency of those kids,” he said.

The relationships that Barnes has cultivated with students in his U.S. history classes and on West Ashley’s baseball team have been even stronger during the pandemic.

The teacher said he has found himself more invested in student home lives and families now that they’re faced with these challenges.

“Teaching is about being the whole package and caring about the whole student,” he said. “If anything, (the pandemic) has brought that to the forefront. It’s emphasized, once again, for so many of us why we do what we do.”

Barnes’ dedication to his students and his ability to problem solve, especially during the pandemic, make him stand out amongst the crowd of teachers, said West Ashley Principal Ryan Cumback.

Being able to recognize teachers for their accomplishments is especially important during the pandemic, Cumback said.

“They have hands down the toughest job right now,” he said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get day to day. … It’s just tough. Teachers can get burnt out really quick and we try and pamper them as much as humanly possible because they deserve it.”

As teacher of the year, Barnes will lead the Teacher of the Year Roundtable, where he will read applications and help choose finalists for the next year’s winner.

West Ashley High School social studies teacher AJ Barnes is congratulated by his niece Harper Spellman, fiancee Kristen Pignatello and nephew Cole Spellman after the Charleston County School District announces Barnes as the 2021 Teacher of the Year on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Charleston. (Courtesy: Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier)

BCSD superintendent prioritizes collaboration and connection in new role https://today.citadel.edu/bcsd-superintendent-prioritizes-collaboration-and-connection-in-new-role/ Wed, 18 Aug 2021 18:56:06 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25936 Deon Jackson is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 1999; he also earned master's degrees from The Citadel in '05 and '13.]]>

Note: Deon Jackson, photo above, is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 1999; he also earned degrees through The Citadel Graduate College in 2005 and 2013.

As seen in The Daniel Island News, by Elizabeth Horton

Deon Jackson spent six years working as a teacher in the classroom and plans to use that foundation to cultivate relationships with staff, parents, students, and stakeholders in his new role as Berkeley County School District’s (BCSD) superintendent.

His 100 Day Plan focuses on lofty goals, such as improving organizational culture, facilitating efficiency of operations, maintaining safety and security, and maximizing students’ academic potential.

Jackson officially assumed the position on July 1, 2021. Previously, he served as the chief administrative officer for pupil services for BCSD. He is a graduate of The Citadel and is currently pursuing a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina.

“Some of my very best days and memories were from my time as a classroom teacher, but I also remember the challenges I faced,” Jackson said. “So I will work with our Teacher Forum to ensure that teacher voices are represented when making decisions that affect our schools.”

After spending time in the classroom, Jackson served as principal of Cane Bay Middle and St. Stephen Middle and assistant principal at Timberland High. In 2014, he was named BCSD Middle School Principal of the Year at Cane Bay.

Jackson said that the district does have its challenges, but he prefers to see them as opportunities.

“We are tasked with addressing our students’ unfinished learning,” he noted. “We have received specific funding to offer our students enhanced academic support and intervention, and we are working hand-in-hand with our principals and teachers to identify the best strategies for supporting learning when our students return.”

The district welcomes public input and encourages families to complete the surveys available through email or online.

“We are also tasked with opening and operating schools while COVID-19 continues to have an impact on many of our families and communities,” Jackson explained. “We released the BCSD Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan earlier this summer and continue to review and update the information as needed. In this plan, we outline how we will work to maintain health and safety in our buildings, approach policies and practices regarding CDC recommendations, complete contract tracing and implement quarantine guidelines, among many other topics related to opening schools that will be of interest to our families.”

Berkeley County’s rapid growth is another “opportunity.” Jackson said that the school district cannot plan for and manage growth alone; his goal is to collaborate with county government leaders, municipal leaders, and communities to develop sustainable and efficient plans for growth.

Additionally, he prefers to focus on the positives that came with the pandemic. 

“The crisis forced us all to push outside of our silos and collaborate more effectively,” Jackson noted. “We improved our communication platforms and processes to receive feedback, we watched in awe as our teachers transformed learning and engaged students effectively in a pandemic, and we expanded our community and business partnerships. We now have a road map that we can follow in the future to deliver education and support to our students and families during crises in a more effective way.”

He continued, “We were forced to finitely review everything that we do, and, as a result, we have improved in ways we never knew we needed to.”

On Aug. 16, Jackson will send two of his youngest children off to school in the district he is charged with overseeing. The success of BCSD, its staff, students and communities is a personal investment for Jackson — a married father of five who enjoys cooking and spending time with his family, cheering them on as they pursue their interests.

Thirteen graduate students at The Citadel inducted into Education honors society https://today.citadel.edu/thirteen-graduate-students-at-the-citadel-inducted-into-education-honors-society/ Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24463 Thirteen graduate students at The Citadel, who are current and future leaders in education, join Kappa Delta Pi honor society.]]>

Current and future leaders in education join Kappa Delta Pi honor society

Thirteen graduate students with The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education are now part of a prestigious honor society meant to enhance excellence in education.

For more than 100 years, the honor organization has consistently grown. It currently has an initiated membership of more than 1.2 million.

The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship.

In order to be invited into Kappa Delta Pi, students must: demonstrate leadership attributes, have completed at least six credit hours of graduate work and maintain a high grade point average.

“The education that our recent graduates received as part of The Citadel experience is the footing they will use to maintain the high ideals of this Society and to extend its influence,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the Zucker Family School of Education. “Principled leaders are influencers through training and through practice. The axiom ‘to whom much is given, much is required’ rings truer than ever if we think about our inductees’ development, cultivated over their time studying in preparation to influence others through diverse careers in education.”

The students who were inducted into the organization during a virtual ceremony in late April, just prior to The Citadel’s commencement week activities, are:

  • Keyona Babb
  • Jesse Brooks
  • Tricia Delice
  • Stephanie Fye
  • William Kay
  • Scott Lusby
  • Sade Nelson
  • Melissa Odom
  • Jessica Orcutt
  • Sonja Raines
  • Claire Ryan
  • Elsie Schloegl
  • Norma Smith

Some past members who have made outstanding contributions to the development of professional education include: Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mead.

Three finalists for superintendent of Berkeley County School District include two Citadel graduates https://today.citadel.edu/three-finalists-for-superintendent-of-berkeley-county-school-district-include-two-citadel-graduates/ Wed, 19 May 2021 21:16:30 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24433 The Zucker Family School of Education and Berkeley County School District have a longstanding relationship, which is set to enter a new era.]]>

Photo: (left to right) Glenda Gibson Levine, Ed.D., ’21; Anthony Dixon, Ed.D.; and Deon Jackson, ’99, ‘ 05, ’13.

Update: Deon Jackson has been selected as the new superintendent of Berkeley County School District.

Even before the three finalists for superintendent were named, there was a longstanding relationship between The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education and the Berkeley County School District.

Now, with two graduates from the ZFSOE in the final three for the district’s top spot, that connection is expected to enter a new era and grow even stronger.

“The Zucker Family School of Education prides itself on its history of exceptional programming but moreover, its promise of ongoing support through The Citadel for Life program,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the ZFSOE. “Glenda and Deon are exemplary examples of principled leadership in Berkeley County and we wish them the best for their superintendent candidacy.”

In addition to providing candidates for leadership, the ZFSOE plans to serve as Berkeley County’s higher education provider for three programs:

For more information on graduate cohort programs, contact Lee Westberry, Ed.D., at lee.westberry@citadel.edu.

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Tim Renaud

The Berkeley County School District’s Board of Trustees has named three finalists in their search for a new superintendent.

It comes after Dr. Eddie Ingram announced his plans to retire as superintendent back in January.

The board of trustees voted on the three finalists during a special meeting last month – their decision comes after a thorough review of all applicants, and interviews with semi-finalist applicants.

“The Board of Trustees was very pleased with the caliber of all of the finalists,” said Dave Barrow, BCSD Board Chair. “We look forward to the next phase in the search.”

The three finalists include Dr. Anthony S. Dixon, who has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020, Deon D. Jackson who currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services for the Berkeley County School District, and Dr. Glenda Gibson Levine who actively serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Berkeley County School District.

Dr. Anthony S. Dixon has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of Academics and Innovation as well as principal of Sanders-Clyde and Memminger School of Global Studies. He served as principal for Philip Simmons High School, Philip Simmons Middle School and Cainhoy Elementary School. He previously served as an Assistant Principal at Daniel Island School and Boulder Bluff Elementary School and as a Special Education Teacher at St. Stephen and Memminger Elementary Schools. Dixon earned his Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees from South Carolina State University, Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from The University of Charleston and a B.S. from College of Charleston.

Deon D. Jackson currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services for the Berkeley County School District. Prior to this, he has served as the Senior Associate Superintendent of Operations and Administration, Interim Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officer in Berkeley County. He also served as a principal at Cane Bay Middle School and St. Stephen Middle School. Jackson served as a classroom teacher in Berkeley County for four years and in Lancaster County for two years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ed.S. and M.Ed. from The Citadel.

Dr. Glenda Gibson Levine currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Berkeley County School District. Prior to this, she served as the Chief Human Resource Officer and Director of Secondary Education in Berkeley County. She previously served as a principal of Hanahan High School, assistant principal of Stratford High School, a teacher evaluator, and a classroom teacher at Stratford High School and Goose Creek High School. She also served as a classroom teacher in the Williamsburg County School District. Levine is currently pursuing an Ed.S. from The Citadel. She earned an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, an M.Ed. from Charleston Southern University, and a B.S. from Benedict Collect.

The board expects to name the superintendent by the end of May.

Pearson, Williams take new leadership roles in school district https://today.citadel.edu/pearson-williams-take-new-leadership-roles-in-school-district/ Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:06:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=23193 Jessica Williams earned a Master of Education in Elementary School Education degree from The Citadel Graduate College in 2002.]]>

Note: Jessica Williams (above photo courtesy of Colleton County School District) earned a Master of Education in Elementary School Education degree from The Citadel Graduate College in 2002.

As seen in Walterboro Live, by Heather Walters

The Colleton County School Board recently voted to appoint leaders at a local elementary school and in the district office. 

In its March 16th regular school board meeting, the board voted to fill two administrative positions: Jessica Williams is now the assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Tiffany Pearson is the principal of Black Street Early Childhood Center. 

The recommendations for Williams and Pearson were presented to the board by John Tindal, the district’s interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Williams has more than 28 years of experience in the education field. During this time, she has worked as an elementary music teacher, served as an assistant principal and was also a principal. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Winthrop University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from The Citadel and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in educational leadership through Walden University. 

During her education career, she has received numerous awards, including being named Teacher of the Year. Williams has also been inducted into The Citadel’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, according to information provided by Sean Gruber, communication director for the school district. 

Pearson has worked within the Colleton County School District since 2005. During this time, she has served as a teacher, a curriculum facilitator and an assistant principal. 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. She has also been previously named the Colleton County School District Rookie of Teacher of the Year and Colleton County Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Zucker Family School of Education earns perfect, preliminary marks from leading accreditation agency https://today.citadel.edu/zucker-family-school-of-education-earns-perfect-preliminary-marks-from-leading-accreditation-agency/ Thu, 18 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22469 A perfect score from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation is not common, but that's exactly what the ZFSOE received.]]>

A perfect score from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) is not common, according to the Dean of The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE). But a perfect score is exactly what the ZFSOE received as its preliminary results after a multi-day reaccreditation visit.

CAEP revisits and renews accreditation every seven years – but this is the first time the ZFSOE has received a perfect score.

The accreditation process is important because it provides an assessment of the success of the ZFSOE, as it does for other higher education institutions. In fact, according to CAEP’s website, its mission is to provide quality assurance.

“Being a graduate of an accredited program that went through external peer review demonstrates that those who complete our programs have met the highest standards for professional development, said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean for the ZFSOE. “This accreditation helps get our students to the front of the line when pursuing jobs and advanced degrees — they are ready to get to work making a positive impact on K-12 learners in the community.”

Ortlieb credits the success of the accreditation visit heavily to the hard work of the faculty and staff, especially the leadership of Renee Jefferson, Ph.D., CAEP coordinator, and Fei Zhao, Ph.D., director of assessment.

Not only does a CAEP accreditation confirm the knowledge base and skillsets the graduates bring to potential employers, it also helps the ZFSOE grow and improve P-12 education in the state, a primary part of its mission.

Ortlieb says ZFSOE had a 10% increase in student enrollment during the 2020-21 academic year. He believes the team’s focus on partnerships with local school districts is behind much of the growth.

Zucker Family School of Education Dean Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D.

“Our team reaches out to urban, rural and suburban areas alike in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties — listening to their needs and providing professional development to their teachers, counselors and administrators in the ways they want and need. We go to the school districts with an open ear and a timely response so we can capture those ideas and enact them through our programs and policies.”

One example of how the ZSFOE works to meet the needs of P-12 schools is the integration of an English as a second language (ESOL) program into the Master’s in Literacy Education degree to better prepare teachers in places like Beaufort County, which has a large ESOL population.

 “The Citadel could not be more proud of this achievement by the Zucker Family School of Education faculty and staff,” said The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR. “Earning a perfect accreditation score is a reflection of their commitment to excellence in supporting not only our undergraduate and graduate students, but the P-12 schools across South Carolina. This is a great example of principled leadership at work.”

The preliminary results are expected to be officially ratified in October 2021.

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel, renamed in 2014 after a donation from the Zucker Family, has been teaching educators since the 1960s. The Master of Education is one of the college’s most popular graduate programs; it was the second most popular degree for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020. In addition to a variety of graduate programs, the school also offers bachelor degree programs in face-to-face, hybrid and fully online modes of education, designed for students hoping to begin their teaching careers.

Anita Zucker, CEO of InterTech Group and namesake of the Zucker Family School of Education, with The Citadel Provost Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, for a Greater Issues Address in February 2020
A look inside the new partnership between The Citadel and Beaufort County School District https://today.citadel.edu/a-look-inside-the-new-partnership-between-the-citadel-and-beaufort-county-school-district/ Wed, 10 Feb 2021 20:47:11 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22017 For the first time, the ZFSOE is partnered with Beaufort County School District, offering teachers the opportunity become school counselors.]]>

The Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE) at The Citadel is making it easier for South Carolina teachers to earn their master of education degrees.

For the first time, the ZFSOE is partnered with Beaufort County School District, offering teachers and neighbors the opportunity become professional school counselors.

The partnership lets students work towards earning their Master’s of Education in Counselor Education at a lower cost and closer to where they live and work. The degree is designed for adults who want to enter the school system as guidance counselors, either on the elementary or secondary level.

Students who successfully complete the program will obtain both a graduate degree and recommendation for licensure through the state to become a professional school guidance counselor.

If you or your school district are interested in participating, or creating new partnerships in other counties, please contact Lee Westberry, Ed.D., director of program development and enhancement for the ZFSOE, at lwestber@citadel.edu.

Hear more about the program from the Dean of the ZFSOE, Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., and educational leaders from Beaufort County, in the video below.

Gov. McMaster presents ‘Order of the Palmetto’ to North Charleston Principal Henry Darby, CGC ’07 and ’10 https://today.citadel.edu/gov-mcmaster-presents-order-of-the-palmetto-to-north-charleston-principal-henry-darby-cgc-07-and-10/ Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:39:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21991 Through the Zucker Family School of Education, Darby earned a M.Ed. in Secondary School Education in 2007 and an Ed.S. degree in 2010.]]>

Note: Henry Darby earned two degrees from The Citadel Graduate College. Through what is now the Zucker Family School of Education, Darby earned a Master’s of Education (Secondary School Education) in 2007 and an Education Specialist degree in 2010.

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Tim Renaud

Governor Henry McMaster on Monday bestowed South Carolina’s highest civilian honor upon North Charleston High School Principal Henry Darby.

The principal and Charleston County Councilman spends many of his nights stocking store shelves at Walmart in North Charleston to earn extra income – not for himself but to support low-income students and families in their time of need.

“I didn’t expect the attention,” he told News 2. “I simply wanted to work for Walmart without fanfare and to use those resources for my students. But my very first night someone yelled out ‘hey, Mr. Darby, you work for Walmart? Aren’t you the principal?’ and it blew me out the water,” he said with a laugh.

Why a North Charleston high school principal spends his nights stocking store shelves to support students in need 

But news began to spread across the community and through the national media about his efforts to give back, and a GoFundMe that was set up to assist the principal’s efforts to give back started to surge.

The Today Show was in the Lowcountry last month to honor Darby, and Walmart donated a $50,000 check to the school during their live broadcast.

“We thought, what a cool story to share with the rest of the country,” said Melvin in an interview on News 2 Today. “We decided to come down and share the story of a man who really embodies what a lot of educators have become over the past year in the midst of this pandemic.”

Melvin went on to say that working as an educator during the day and then stocking store shelves overnight – simply for the betterment of others – that is the kind of story that people cannot get enough of right now, a story of hope and helpfulness.

The Charleston County School District announced over the weekend that Governor Henry McMaster was going to present Darby with the Order of the Palmetto, it’s the state’s highest civilian honor awarded to citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance.

A ceremony was set for Monday morning outside North Charleston High School.

During his remarks, Gov. McMaster reflected on Darby’s accomplishments throughout his life and career in education before speaking about his selfless efforts to provide support to those who need it the most.

“Henry Darby is a remarkable man,” said Gov. McMaster. “One of the finest things about him is he’s 100% all ours – born here, educated here, been all around the world teaching what he knows – this is the kind of man that we’re proud of.”

Gov. McMaster presented Darby with the prestigious award before turning the microphone over to the high school principal so that he could deliver his thanks to the school district, the community, and share words about why he felt the need to give back.

The Citadel plus Clemson equals more doctors of education in South Carolina https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-plus-clemson-equals-more-doctors-of-education-in-south-carolina/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18045 The Citadel's Zucker Family School of Education and Clemson University are working together to help students earn a Doctorate of Education.]]>

Photo: Clemson’s first Ed.D. cohort in Education Systems Improvement Studies; nine earned their Ed.S. at The Citadel (Courtesy: Clemson College of Education)

Citadel graduates lead the way while pursuing their doctorates

For some, teaching — and learning — is a lifelong pursuit. And it’s because of people like this that The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education partnered with Clemson University, in order to help more teachers earn a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.).

The Citadel, along with Coastal Carolina University and Winthrop University, partnered with Clemson to establish an Ed.D. consortium partnership, and the program’s first group of students started class in summer 2018.

Lee Westberry, Ed.D.

“Earning a doctorate in education is the pinnacle of professional development for teachers,” said Lee Westberry, Ed.D., a professor and the program coordinator for Education Leadership at The Citadel. “In addition to personal growth, earning an Ed.D. creates many new and practical opportunities in a variety of educational career paths.”

Through the agreement, anyone admitted into Clemson’s Ed.D program — with an education specialist (Ed.S.) degree from one of the four institutions — has a pathway to earn their doctorate more quickly.

With The Citadel’s strong focus on leadership, it makes sense that Citadel graduates would make up the largest proportion of students seeking their Ed.D.

In each of the three years since the partnership was formed, Citadel graduates make up much, if not most, of the students in the group. In fact, more than half of the newest Ed.D. students are from The Citadel.

Kevin Smith

“I have found myself reflecting on how the Ed.S. program has flowed seamlessly into Clemson’s Ed.D. to continue my own growth as I pursue my goals,” said Kevin Smith, an Ed.S. graduate from The Citadel. “I highly recommend those who are interested in making an impact to invest their time with the committed faculty of The Citadel’s Ed.S. program. I believe it is the right choice for those who desire, like me, to be an educational leader of consequence.”

According to Westberry, an Ed.S. is required to work as a superintendent, the highest-ranking education official. But an Ed.D. is for something more.

The Citadel’s Ed.S. in Educational Leadership offers teachers an advanced graduate degree, between a master’s and a doctoral, that prepares them as candidates for certification at the superintendent level. Clemson’s Ed.D. program offers teachers the theoretical and practical knowledge and research skills that they need to be an educational leader.

To learn more about other programs offered by the Zucker Family School of Education, click here.