Our Innovation and Divergent Learning Master's Degree Program

Hybrid Program (Online & In-person)

Next Start Dates: 
August 23, 2021

The Innovation and Divergent Learning program offers alternative instructional methods and strategies to meet the needs of today's unique learners. Students will learn new methods for delivery of instruction in the classroom, new ways of reaching reluctant learners, and how adverse experiences impact learners and teachers alike.   The program utilizes in-person and online communication, collaborative learning, peer support groups, and applied experiential learning resulting in a research project tailored to each candidate in the program.

The Innovation and Divergent Learning M.Ed. is 33 semester hours completed using a weekend/online blended format across three sessions allowing students to complete the degree in one year.

Application Requirements & Deadline

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


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 

Program Schedule

Spring 2021

Session 1: Jan 8-10;
Session 2: Jan 29-31;
Session 3: Feb 19-21;
Session 4: Mar 12-14;
Session 5: April 9-11

Summer 2021

Session 1: May 14-16;
Session 2: June 4-6;
Session 3: June 25-27;
Session 4: July 9-11;
Session 5: July 24-25

Fall 2021

Session 1: Friday, Aug. 27 - Sunday, Aug. 29
Session 2: Friday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 26
Session 3: Friday, Oct. 8 - Sunday, Oct. 10
Session 4: Friday, Nov. 12 - Sunday, Nov. 14
Session 5: Friday, Dec 3 - Sunday, Dec. 5

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

Melanie Carnahan, '18

After Graduation

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 or leave the profession, and as student populations increase. Employment rates will be affected by student enrollment and the number of educational institutions.

Elementary, Middle, & High School Teachers with Master's Degrees:

  • Median Pay 2018: $55,135 - $59,524
  • Job Outlook 2018: Projecting 4% growth

Career Opportunities

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

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

Job Placements

Graduates of the Divergent Learning program are employed across South Carolina in districts like:

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

Divergent Learning Areas of Study

Master's Course Requirements

Certificate Course Requirements