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Early Childhood Literacy

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Master of Science in Education: Major in Early Childhood Literacy (ECL)


In an era of increased accountability, tracking of individual student progress, and increased emphasis on student assessment, teachers need graduate programs that equip them with real-world instructional skills. The National Institute for Professional Practice (NIPP) in partnership with Wilkes University offers this 33-credit, fully online, graduate program. This program explores a comprehensive literacy framework that will provide you with the tools needed to empower your students to discover the many joys of reading and writing. Unlike traditional master’s degrees, you will be able to apply the strategies and techniques from this program directly into your classroom as you progress through each course.

For more information on the courses in this program please visit the MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy page at www.professionalpractice.org

Program highlights:    

  • Conducted online, these courses offer maximum flexibility for busy professional educators.
  • Courses develop a results-driven early literacy classroom to raise achievement.
  • Students experience direct and immediate use of course information to strengthen classroom instruction through job-embedded activities.
  • The program has a rolling registration process; courses begin throughout the school year.
  • Online study groups of 5-10 teaching professionals, lead by expert facilitators, read common materials, reflect together, and engage in meaningful online professional dialogue.
  • The final course in the program, Teacher Leadership, is designed to prepare educators for career advancement. 

To begin taking courses that lead toward an ECL Master’s degree, you must first submit an application to the Wilkes University graduate program and then register for courses. Please note the course registration number (CRN) of the graduate course you would like to enroll in before you apply online since you will be given an immediate opportunity to register for a course as soon as you submit your online application. You can find the CRN on the current graduate education schedule listed under the Related Resources on the upper right of this page.

To apply:

Complete the Online Application. If you have never applied to a Wilkes University graduate program you will be required to submit a $35 application fee.

To be accepted you must mail the following additional documents:

  • Official transcripts from any undergraduate institutions you attended and a documented Baccalaureate degree
  • Copy of your teaching certificate
  • Two completed Graduate Recommendation Forms

Upon completion of the online application you will be given a Wilkes Identification Number (WIN) and other information that will allow you to log into the Wilkes Portal.

The Portal gives students the ability to register for courses online, view and print grades and unofficial transcripts, make use of the online library services and see other information that is pertinent to Wilkes University graduate students.

Be sure to make note of your WIN and other important information.

You can always log into the Wilkes University Portal by going to mywilkes.wilkes.edu.

View Early Childhood Literacy Program requirements.

To help keep track of the program requirements...

you can download a pdf-formatted Early Childhood Literacy checklist. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to open this document you can download a free one from the company's website. 

To learn more about Wilkes graduate education programs and see a link to the current schedule, please visit www.wilkes.edu/graded.


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