School of Professional and Continuing Studies Springfield College Charleston

Springfield College Charleston

Transforming careers and communities

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are perfect for adults who wish to transform their careers and their communities. Whether you’ve been out of school for five, 10, even 20 or more years, you’ll find that we make the transition as easy for you as possible. Beginning with weekend programs that can often be completed in 16 months, School of Professional and Continuing Studies programs are designed for adults who care about people above all else.

Program Highlights:

  • Attend classes only on weekends, typically two weekends per month
  • Finish your degree in as little as 16 months
  • Receive undergraduate credit for college-level life, school, and work experiences
  • Earn a degree from a well-respected, fully accredited private college
  • Enjoy an affordable tuition, with financial aid opportunities
  • Learn in a small class that values and reflects a diverse world
  • Take advantage of the adult-centered Academic Success Center
  • Get valuable, hands-on experience right from the start

Frenchi King '09

“I can proudly say that I have an undergrad degree from Springfield College.”

Frenchi King '09

The Campus Guide

The Campus Guide includes essential information for students attending this campus, such as academic support services, ID cards, class cancellation information, and a resource for restaurants and hotels in the area.


I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal welcome to you as a student at Springfield College Charleston.

At the Charleston campus you are treated with respect for your life, work, family, and community and life experiences. The sharing of these experiences with your fellow students and faculty increases total awareness and critical thinking, which is the key to our program’s success. Open, ongoing, and authentic dialogue is the foundation of our educational approach.

The willingness to assist you in succeeding with your educational endeavors is sincerely shared by all the faculty and staff at Springfield College Charleston. We look forward to providing the very best learning environment for you throughout your Springfield College experience.

Again, welcome.

Elsie Smalls, Ph.D., MBA
Assistant Dean/Campus Director

Student Support

Academic Support Services

Springfield College Charleston has an Academic Success Center that offers readily and easily accessible services. The Center is a resource for students and instructors alike and focuses on writing support services, resource support services, research skills, and developing sustainable study skills. Reference tools connect directly to information, materials, and resources for writing, APA, organization, analysis, critical thinking, reflection/reaction essays, public speaking, and study tips.

All services are coordinated with the assistance of a resource specialist and focus on the development of sustainable skills to help students become independent learners.

The support services are available on a drop-in basis during regular campus hours, class hours of operation, or by appointment. A student may self-elect to seek assistance or follow through on a recommendation.

We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the Academic Success Center services by contacting Ms. Kimberly Ackerman at (843) 364-1362, to set up an appointment or learn more about these services and free reference tools.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with documented physical, learning, or psychological disabilities may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help them succeed in their academic program. It is the student’s responsibility to make a request for such accommodations and to provide appropriate documentation administered by a qualified professional such as psychologists, medical doctors, or agencies specializing in the diagnosis of such disabilities. Students must submit current documentation. If you have questions about services for students with disabilities, please contact Assistant Dean/Campus Director Dr. Elsie Smalls at (843) 554-7244,

Technology Support Services

For assistance in all areas related to technology (gmail, Moodle, PrideNet), please contact Ms. Fallon Walker at (843) 554-7244 ext. 233, or TSC (413) 748-4872 or

Class Cancellations, Delays, Closing

Notification of campus class cancellation, openings, delays, or closings will be available through PrideNet, College e-mail, or turning to the following stations:

For Charleston tune to WCSC Channel 5 TV and WZEL, WXTC, WMGL, & WWWZ radio for information on class cancellation. For the Columbia area the TV stations that announce class cancellations are as follows: WIS, WLTX, and WOLO. Radio stations are as follows: WBVC, WCOS, WNOK, and WWDM.

Academic FAQs

What is the role of my academic advisor?

Think of your academic advisor as your partner in education. Your advisor is responsible for ensuring that you understand the School of Professional and Continuing Studies program and sequencing of courses and for monitoring your academic progress so that all graduation requirements are met. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to ask questions and to keep track of your own progress.

What is a syllabus and what information is usually included in it?

A syllabus is your guide to understanding what is expected in a course. The instructor will give you a syllabus no later than the first class. This document will include contact information for the professor, class and Moodle assignments, grading criteria, and academic policies.

What is a pre-course assignment?

Pre-course assignments are reading, writing, and project activities that are preparation for the first class of the course that you will be taking. You will find the vital information you need prior to your first class in the syllabus. It contains the instructor’s contact information, course objectives, required texts, and the pre-course assignment. The syllabus must be downloaded from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website. You may be required to submit your pre-course assignment in the learning management system called “Moodle.”

Do I have to complete any academic work between classes?

Yes. Education is continuous and class meetings are just one aspect of the learning process. You are expected to complete all assignments as indicated on the course syllabus and the web-enhanced between-class assignments that incorporate the learning management system called “Moodle.” This applies for all School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses. These assignments are critical to your academic success. They also enable you to qualify for federal financial aid as a college student taking courses in our accelerated course format. Therefore, you must allocate some of your time between classes for learning activities that might include reading, writing, analyzing, reflecting, interacting with others, research, and interacting online with fellow students and the instructor. Assignments must be completed before each class session so you will be prepared for the classroom learning experience.

What happens if I miss a class?

You are expected to attend all class sessions and workshops for the courses in which you are enrolled. If you must miss all or part of a class session, you must notify the instructor in advance and make arrangements to make up course assignments. If you miss more than one class session, you may withdraw from the course or you may receive an “F” grade for the course depending on when the absences take place.

What happens to financial aid when I add/drop a course?

Your eligibility for a grant may be lost or reduced when a course is dropped. In some cases, your eligibility may increase if a course is added. Your eligibility for a loan may also change. Check with the staff person handling financial aid at the campus before making final arrangements to add or drop a course so that you will know the impact, if any, in your specific situation.

How is my financial aid impacted when I take less than a full-time load (12 credits undergraduate, 9 credits graduate)?

Aid is based on full-time enrollment unless your enrollment status is specifically stated as part-time. Many grants are available only to full-time undergraduate students. Pell grants are required to be adjusted for less than full-time status. Cost of attendance changes due to enrollment less than full-time status may also reduce loan eligibility.

If I have a disability, how can I get assistance and support?

Support services and accommodations are available to any student with a documented disability. If you require reasonable accommodations to assist you with your studies, you must provide current and appropriate documentation. For information regarding the type of services available to you, please contact Assistant Dean/Campus Director Dr. Elsie Smalls (843) 554-7244,

How do I receive credit for experiential learning in the undergraduate program?

The portfolio course (Human Services Portfolio Development, HUSB 307) teaches a process that identifies each student’s college-level learning and utilizes methodologies that enhance the student’s ability to think conceptually and analytically. Students identify, categorize, and organize their knowledge and present this knowledge through a course equivalent process. Once the knowledge has been identified, students must decide if and how this knowledge relates to learning that is typically credited at the college level. The Human Services Portfolio Development course provides a framework to assist students in reflecting upon and articulating their college-level experiential learning. These policies and procedures are based upon guidelines established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

When is my portfolio due?

The portfolio must be submitted at least six months prior to your anticipated graduation date to allow for the timely review and possible revision of submitted materials.

Why do I need a student ID card?

As a matriculating student, you are required to have a Springfield College photo identification card. The card should be carried at all times and must be used for identification purposes in accessing campus buildings and grounds, borrowing material from the Babson Library, and attending college-sponsored events. In addition, commercial organizations within your community may offer discounts if you present your student identification card when purchasing their products or services.

Where do I find out the latest info about School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses, programs, and activities?

You can find the latest information regarding School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses, programs, and activities through e-mail announcements sent to your Springfield College e-mail address, other campus correspondence to students, campus bulletin boards, academic course schedules, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website. When viewing the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website, be sure to access the link leading to your campus location.

How can I access computers for email, research, and/or word-processing?

The campus Computer Lab located in Room #222 or the Academic Success Center Room #219, gives you access to the Babson Library to conduct research for your course assignments and the opportunity to use the word processor. The computers in the lab are equipped with computer software applications for student use that include spreadsheets, Internet research, and library search services. You are able to access e-mail through your Springfield College PrideNET account. Your Springfield College email account is the mandatory mode of communication between you and the College. Routinely, the College will make you aware of general announcements pertaining to the entire Springfield community. You will use your e-mail account to communicate with School of Professional and Continuing Studies faculty and administration, Business Office, Financial Aid Office, Library, and any other College office in which you will do business.

Are online courses available at School of Professional and Continuing Studies?

Online courses are offered through both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs to matriculated School of Professional and Continuing Studies students. See your advisor for details or check the School of Professional and Continuing Studies home page for the schedule.

Campus Information

Bookstore and MBS Direct

MBS Direct is a virtual bookstore, with online services available to students 24/7. The virtual bookstore offers students of Springfield College Boston the opportunity to purchase books, use their book vouchers, and to have their purchase shipped to home, office, or the campus. Please contact Fallon Walker, (843) 554-7244 ext. 233, for more information regarding MBS Direct.

Students may visit the Springfield College bookstore online to shop for apparel and other accessories.

Identification Cards

Students enrolled in Springfield College Boston will be issued a student identification card with an assigned student identification number. This card is used for identification purposes in accessing college buildings and grounds, borrowing material from the Babson Library and attending college sponsored events. The first Springfield College Identification Card is issued to a student at no charge. Replacements for lost or stolen cards will cost $35. Photos for identification cards are taken during the New Student Orientation. If you have questions about obtaining an ID card, please contact Fallon Walker, (843) 554-7244 ext. 233,

Emergency Information

Safety on Campus

Springfield College and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies is serious about safety at all of our campuses. Please visit here to register for SC Alert and Rave Guardian applications.

Sexual Misconduct Chart


Parking is available in the building parking lot. Parking is free for Springfield College Charleston students.

Students are not allowed to store vehicles or perform any non-emergency repairs to their vehicles in the parking lot.


  • Aloft, 4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd., (843) 566-7300
  • Candlewood Suites, 2177 Northwoods Blvd., (843) 797-3535
  • Comfort Inn Suites, 4715 Saul White Blvd., (843) 725-4700
  • Double Tree by Hilton, 7401 Northwoods Blvd., (843) 518-6200
  • Embassy Suites, 5055 International Blvd., (843) 747-1882
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 4841 Tanger Outlet Blvd., (843) 300-3100
  • Crown Plaza, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd., (843) 744-4422
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., (843) 308-9330
  • Holiday Inn (CHS Airport), 5264 International Blvd., (843) 576-0300
  • Holiday Inn and Express, 3025 W. Montague Ave., (843) 554-2100
  • Holiday Inn Exp. Suites, 7670 Northwoods Blvd., (843) 553-1600
  • Homestead Studio Suites, 5045 N. Anco Lane, (843) 740-3440
  • Homewood Suites, 5048 International Blvd., (843) 735-5000
  • Hyatt Place, 3234 W. Montague Ave., (843) 302-8600
  • Hyatt Place, 7331 Mazyck, (843) 735-5000
  • North Charleston Inn, 2934 W. Montague Ave, (843) 744-8281
  • North Charleston Marriott, 4770 Goer Ave., (843) 747-1900
  • Quality Inn Coliseum, 5225 North Arco Lane, (843) 859-9041
  • Quality Inn North, (843) 260-8523
  • Residence Inn, 5035 International Blvd., (843) 266-3434
  • Residence Inn Ash. Phos., 7457 Northside Drive, (843) 300-3636
  • Sleep Inn Ash. Phos., 7435 Northside, (843)572-8400
  • Staybridge Suites, 7329 Mazyck Rd., (843) 377-4600
  • Wingate by Windham, 9280 University Blvd (CSU), (843) 553-4444



North Charleston

  • Chuck Town Seafood, 5093 Dorchester Rd, (843) 804-9985, Springfield student owned
  • East Bay Deli, 4405 Dorchester Rd, (843) 747-1235
  • Joe’s Cuisine, 4391 Dorchester Rd, (843) 529-9532
  • In N’ Out Wings, 4391 Dorchester Rd, (843) 297-4388
  • McDonald’s, 2988 W. Montague Ave., (843) 744-0626
  • Panera Bread, 5072 W. Montague Ave., (843) 529-2626
  • Spinx (with a deli), 3109 W. Montague Ave., (843) 518-5861
  • Subway, 4391 Dorchester Rd, (843) 747-8868
  • Wendy’s, 5275 International Blvd., (843) 554-8958

Tanger Outlet Center, 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd. (843) 529-3095

Arby’s, 4994 Centre Point Drive, (843) 529-0729

Burger King, 4820 Tanger Outlet Blvd., (843) 744-1211

Buffalo Wild Wing, 4959 Centre Pointe Drive(843) 529-5394

CiCi’s Pizza, 4950 Entre Point Drive(843) 747-2727

Chipolte Mexican Grill4953 Centre point drive843-747-6707

Community Pizza House2400 Gap Rd.(843) 566-7777

 Fatz4951 Centre pointe Drive(843) 576-2680

 IHOP4936 Centre pointe Drive(843) 554-8944

 Jim n’ Nick’s Barbeque4964 Centre Pointe Drive,(843) 747-3800

 McAlister’s Deli4950 Centre pointe Drive(843) 725-3344

 Mello Mushroom4855 Tanger Outlet Blvd(843) 790-9000

 Steak ‘n Shake, 4821 Tanger Outlet Blvd. (843) 744-8956

 Walmart4920 Centre Point Drive, (Deli and Subway in store), (843) 740-1112

Zaxby’s4845 Tanger Outlet Blvd, (843) 212-4700          


  • Eat-A-Pita, 1300 Savannah Highway (Rt.17), (843) 766-2049
  • McDonald’s, 2050 Savannah Highway ((Rt. 17), (843) 556-1163
  • Wendy’s, 1721 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., (843) 571-4226
  • Zaxby’s, 1908 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., (843) 769-2707
  • Zaxby’s, 3476 Shelby Ray (off G. McConnell), (843) 763-0466

Weekend Class Schedule*

Fall Term 2016

  • September: 10-11, 24-25
  • October: 8-9, 29-30
  • October 15-16, November 12 - 13 Seminar Weekends and one-day courses
  • November: 5-6, 19-20
  • December: 3-4, 10-11

Closing Weekend: Dec 10-11, Online Classes end: November 26

Spring Term 2017

  • January: 14-15, 28-29
  • February: 4-5, 18-19
  • `February 11-12, March 11-12 Seminar Weekends and one-day courses
  • March: 4-5, 18-19
  • April: 1-2, 8-9

Closing Weekend: April 8-9, Online Classes end: April 8

Summer Term 2017

  • May: 6-7, 20-21
  • June: 3-4, 17-18
  • June: 10-11, July 15-16 Seminar Weekends and one-day courses
  • July 8-9, 22-23
  • August: 5-6, 19-20

Closing Weekend: August 5-6, Online Classes end: July 29

*Actual schedule may vary due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather.


Open Houses

Do you want to learn more about Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Would you like to meet faculty or talk to students? Would you like help with you application or financial aid forms? Come see us during an Open House, or schedule a time that is more convenient for you.

Scheduled Open Houses

Date Time
Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All open houses are held at Springfield College Charleston located at 4390 Belle Oaks Drive, Suite 200, North Charleston, S.C.

For more information or to RSVP please contact:

Katherine Whitaker, Assistant Director for Recruitment and Outreach
(843) 554-7244


4390 Belle Oaks Drive, Suite 200
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone (843) 554-7244
Toll free (866) 272-6004
Fax (843) 554-7723

Name/Title Ext. E-mail Address
Elsie Smalls, PhD
Assistant Dean/Campus Director
Kimberly Ackerman
Resource Specialist
 (843) 364-1362
Rochelle Johnson
Admissions Assistant
Scott Ranger
Assistant Director for Administration
Fallon Walker
Administrative Assistant
Katherine Whitaker
Assistant Director for Recruitment and Outreach



Elsie Smalls

Assistant Dean/Campus Director

Courses Regularly Taught
Senior Seminar

Springfield College Contact Information or (843) 554-7244 Ext. 225

Highest Degree
PhD, Walden University

Areas of Expertise
nonprofit management and leadership, spirituality in the workplace, organizational behavior

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
board member, Family Services Inc.; community advisory board member, Midlands Technical College; youth advisor, Providence AME Church


Jennifer Backman

Adjunct Faculty

Courses Regularly Taught
Advanced College Skills, Issues in Research, Women and Crime, Victimization, and Core IV Overview of Human Services

Springfield College Contact Information

Highest Degree
MS, Springfield College School of Human Services

Other Degrees and Certifications

  • South Carolina Justice Academy: Juvenile Procedure, Theory and Practice; Financial Exploitation of the Elderly; Evidence Collection and Role of Investigator; Amber Alert
  • Mount Pleasant Police Department- Field Training Officer
  • South Carolina Department of Public Safety: Homicide Investigation; Biased Based Profiling; Immigration Enforcement Unit
  • Albert T. Leppert Memorial Award- Woman of the Year
  • Mount Pleasant Police Department- Corporal of the Year
  • Public Agency Training Council: Criminal Case Management, Twelve High Risk Critical Task, Sexual Misconduct

Areas of Expertise
police officer

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest South Carolina Juvenile Justice Association; member, Charleston Chapter National Organization of Law Enforcement Executives; member, Police Benevolent Association


Pamela L. Childress-Altman

Adjunct Faculty

Courses Regularly Taught
Academic Skills, Assessment and Documentation in Early Childhood Education, Children with Special Needs

Springfield College Contact Information

Highest Degree
MS, College of Charleston; MS, Citadel College

Other Degrees and Certifications
BS, College of Charleston; National Board Certified Teacher

Areas of Expertise
education classes, ELA, smart board, computer technology, literature, motivational classes

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Palmetto State Teacher’s Association, South Carolina Correctional Association (SCCA), Liaison for Early Childhood Department

Wilton R. Stewart

Wilton R. Stewart

Adjunct Faculty

Courses Regularly Taught
Integrative Core Seminar II; Global Economy, Culture, and Community; Group Project in Community Development and Change; Graduate Project

Springfield College Contact Information

Highest Degree
MBA, University of San Diego

Other Degrees and Certifications

  • Certified Housing Development Finance Professional with National Development Council
  • Graduate, South Carolina Governor's Housing and Community Development Institute
  • Graduate, YMCA New CEO Institute; certified as a YMCA CEO

Areas of Expertise
managing personnel, accounting and budget formulation, operation of facilities, shipboard business functions, waterfront operations, ship piloting, and navigation. Experience includes documented success in senior executive leadership position managing large organizations. Comprehensive experience in quality control of diverse organizations, to include program development, financial management, problem solving, and decision making. Experience in developing and delivering formal presentations to executive level government officials up to and including individuals of ambassadorial rank.

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest

  • 27 years, Commissioned Naval Officer; retired U.S. Navy Captain, experienced with command of two navy warships
  • member, Charleston Educational Excellence Financing Corporation Board of Directors
  • commissioner, Town of Hollywood Planning and Zoning Commission
  • deacon, Mt Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
  • member, Charleston Community (concert) Band, and Charleston Community Stage Band
  • areas of interest: boating, playing tenor saxophone, composing music (jazz/contemporary gospel), ten speed road cycling, and travel

Contact Information

Katherine Whitaker, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Phone: (843) 554-7244 ext. 221
Fax: (843) 554-7723
Toll Free: (866) 272-6004

Springfield College Charleston
4390 Belle Oaks Drive, Suite 200
North Charleston, SC 29405

Hours of Operation

Business Day Hours of Operation
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
class days only
Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
class days only
Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies
263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109
(413) 748-3000