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Educational Leadership Online

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The MS in Educational Leadership (EDLS) is available online.

The program consists of 27 credits to become eligible for the PA K-12 Principal Certification with an 9 additional credits to attain the Master of Science in Educational Leadership (see Program Checklist). 

Fall 2015 Cohorts are forming now.  Students eligible for Fall 2015 admission are required to attend a one-day low residency session of your choice on the Wilkes campus on a Saturday.  Dates are to be announced. 

Students who wish to pursue the MS in EDLS with the K-12 Principals' Certification can apply and after acceptance and begin taking the 9 additional credits required for the master's degree during the spring and summer semesters. These students can then begin the certification coursework in the fall semester after completing the low residency.

Admission Process:

Students who would like to apply for the Fall 2015 cohort must submit all Phase 1 admission documents and credentials by August 15, 2015.  Applications are then reviewed for conditional admission to the program.  Phase 2 of the admissions process requires the successful completion of the entry course, ED 517 The Principal as Educational Leader, to be offered full admission to the program.

About the Program:

EDLS Online allows students to pursue the MS in Educational Leadership degree in a convenient web-based format, augmented by field experiences in the participants' school districts under the supervision of the course instructor and mentoring principal. The EDLS Online program is approved by the PA Department of Education and is designed to meet PA Department of Education competencies for K-12 principals.

Low Residency:

EDLS Online begins by bringing student cohorts to the university campus in Wilkes-Barre, PA for one intense day of preparation for school leadership in late summer. During the residency, students will be oriented to the program and be given an overview of the courses, field work, and related academic requirements that form the base of the EDLS experience. All students must begin with ED 517 The Principal as Educational Leader to complete the admission process. The residency also gives students a chance to form connections with cohort members who will be online partners throughout the EDLS Online program.

Following the residency, students will finish their work in ED 517 during the fall term. These and all subsequent courses will be conducted online at Wilkes Live through the Desire to Learn (D2L) course management system.  Most EDLS online courses include a 30-hour field experience and field based project to help students develop their professional competencies as school leaders through application in their school districts.

Students should follow the course sequence listed below to complete all necessary requirements.

Certification and Progam Completion:

Consistent participation in the cohort will enable students to become eligible for PA K-12 principal certification and to attain the Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree, which consists of 36 credits.

Candidates will be recommended to the PDE for K-12 principal certification upon the completion of the 27-credit certification program as listed below:

  • Successful completion of the EDLS Online program of study, which includes fulfilling the required 360 hours of supervised field and intern experiences in K-12 schools as embedded in the program of study
  • A passing score on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment for principal certification  (Praxis 6011)
  • Five years of professional school experience at the time of application for certification
  • Submission of completed TIMS online application for certification 

To apply for the program:

1. Submit a new application for admission to the EDLS program at Wilkes using the online application.
2. Provide the additional documentation required for this program as listed EDLS Application process.

After completing Phase 1 of the application process, studentswill receive registration forms for the low residency and the first course, ED 517.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program after all admissions materials are received and reviewed.

Qualifications for Admission include

  • Teaching Experience: The applicant must provide evidence in the application of compliance with PA state requirements with at least three years of full-time teaching experience completed at the time of admission.
  • Phase 1 Checklist – All items must be submitted by the due date. Applicant files will be reviewed and students notified of provisional admission status prior to the start of class. Students not meeting minimum requirements willbe notified. 
  • Required Items
    • Graduate Application (Submit Online)
    • Compile all documents below (Admissions Portfolio) and send to Wilkes in one envelope. Individual items will not be accepted.
    • Two Recommendation Letters: one Professional and one Leadership NOTE: One letter must verify that you have met the PDE minimum requirement of three years of teaching or other professional education experience.
    • Official Sealed Transcripts in original envelopes
    • Copy of Teaching Certificate
    • One page essay on your Educational Philosophy 
    • One page essay on "How Principals Shape Learning in Their Schools"

*Wilkes will not be held responsible for documents not addressed to the proper office.

Send your Phase 1 Admissions Portfolio to:

Student Service Center
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Questions about admissions documentation should be directed to Holly Banks-Fry at holly.fry@wilkes.edu 800-WILKESU800-WILKESU ext. 5535. Academic advisement questions should be emailed to Dr. Mary Kropiewnicki, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at mary.kropiewnicki@wilkes.edu.






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