DCSD teacher among grads of SWU’s first Doctor of Education cohort

Ashley Barrett, a DCSD teacher, has received her Doctor of Education degree from Southern Wesleyan University. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

On Dec. 10, Southern Wesleyan University graduated its first Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) cohort, which includes a Darlington County School District teacher. SWU established its online Ed.D. in 2018 after receiving approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The first Ed.D. cohort began their studies in May 2018, and the second in August 2018, and those graduating from the program represent those two cohorts. Ashley Barrett was among the graduates. Dr. Barrett is currently a social studies teacher in the Darlington County School District. She credits her husband, Chris, along with their two sons, Phoenix and Waylon, and several of her immediate family members for encouraging her throughout the doctoral program. Her doctoral dissertation is “Examining the Relationship between Secondary Career and Technical Education, School Satisfaction, and Future Employment for African-American Males.” When asked about her experience in the program, Barrett states, “Completing my degree with Southern Wesleyan University taught me as much about myself as it did the required content. “I had opportunities to reflect on my personal beliefs, examine issues directly related to my discipline, and intertwine best practices to develop logical solutions that aligned with my integrity as an educator. Also, I met a wonderful group of people, cohort members and professors, who I know I can call on for spiritual or professional guidance. I’m forever grateful for the experience at SWU!”

Author: Stephan Drew

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