Our Program

Master of Education in Divergent Learning


The Divergent Learning program is designed to develop a more in-depth comprehension of divergent learners and present alternative instructional methods and strategies to meet the needs of this population. It will present a new focus for you as an educator, exhibiting new methods for delivery of instruction in the classroom, use of email communication and Internet research, program designs by students, peer support groups, and joint projects for action research.

The Divergent Learning M. Ed. is thirty-six (36) semester hours completed using a weekend/online blended format across three sessions allowing students to complete the degree in one year.

An essay is required for admissions, find more about the admissions process and essay.

The Divergent Learning program gave me the tools and strategies to reach EVERY learner in my classroom. 

Melanie Carnahan ‘18


The program gives candidates strategies and practices that can be taken back into their classrooms and be immediately implemented.  As candidates gain a new understanding of students and implement these new learnings within their classrooms, candidates begin process if being about to meet students’ learning needs and build trust and relationships with hard to reach students.  The outcome typically is more engaged and successful students and more fulfilled and confident teachers.  Candidates begin to understand students better and see changes in student learning and behavior.   

  • Complete program in one calendar year
  • Move through program in a cohort group
  • Consistent research professor for both research courses 

Recent Job Placements

Graduates of the Divergent Learning program are employed across South Carolina. 

  • Richland School District 2
  • Richland/Lexington School District 5
  • Lexington School District 1
  • Lexington School District 2 

Job Market

There is a current teacher shortage in South Carolina with hundreds of jobs going unfilled each year. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers will continue to be in high demand in the future as teacher retire, leave the profession and student populations increase. Employment rates will be affected by student enrollment and the number of educational institutions.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers with Master’s degrees
Median Pay 2018: $55,135 - $59,524
Job Outlook 2018-2018: Projecting 4% growth

Career Opportunities

This program will benefit you as an educator and support persons involved in interaction with youth, K-12, and adult divergent learners such as:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Department Chairs
  • Curriculum Coordinators
  • Staff Developers


All faculty in the Divergent Learning program hold doctorate degrees in field of education.  Areas of focus include Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy, Educational Leadership and Policies, Educational Administration, etc. 


Schedule - Weekend Meeting Dates

Spring 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, December 30, 2019

Session 1: January 10-12
Session 2: January 31-February 2
Session 3: February 21-23
Session 4: March 13-15
Session 5: April 17-19

Summer 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2019

Session 1: May 15-17
Session 2: June 5-7
Session 3: June 26-28
Session 4: July 10-12
Session 5: July 24-26

Fall 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020

Session 1: August 28-30
Session 2: September 25-27
Session 3: October 9-11
Session 4: November 13-15
Session 5: December 4-6

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