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Educational Development & Strategies

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The MS in Educational Development & Strategies

is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers, both in the United States and in overseas schools, by combining effective teaching practices with theory and research in a convenient, cost-effective manner. Students will grow their knowledge base as well as gain practical skills and techniques that are directly applicable to their classroom.

Learning experiences in four

PLS 3rd Learning courses (12 credits) engage professionals from districts throughout the region and overseas. The 18 credits of Wilkes University graduate education courses required for the EDS master's degree are offered online and face to face. Face to face courses are offered both off- & on-campus in late afternoons and evenings during the fall and spring semesters and during summer daytime hours. Online courses can also be completed in any location worldwide if the student has internet access.

Twelve PLS 3rd Learning credits total can be applied to

the EDS master's degree; you cannot use additional PLS 3rd Learning courses for the 3 elective credits required for the degree. Any PLS 3rd Learning courses completed for credit from another college or university must be approved for transfer to Wilkes in order to be used toward a Wilkes master's degree. A maximum of 6 credits can be transferred to Wilkes.

When registering for a PLS 3rd Learning class be sure to enroll in a course that is offered for Wilkes credit as indicated by a (W) on the PLS 3rd Learning course brochure.

You can contact the PLS 3rd Learning office directly at 1-866-757-2527 or visit the PLS 3rd Learning website for their course schedule and/or to register for a PLS 3rd Learning course.

Classes specific to the EDS master's degree are currently offered both online and at the following sites:

  • Western PA: (newly added sites)
    • Coudersport Area School District
    • Cranberry SD
    • Hollidaysburg/Altoona
    • Millcreek Township SD
    • North Hills SD
    • Norwin SD
    • Sharon SD
    • Smart Start Education Center
    • Somerset/Conemaugh Area

  • Eastern and Central PA Sites
    • Berks County
    • Bradford County
    • Chambersburg
    • Garnet Valley SD/(Chester-Delaware County area)
    • Harrisburg/Hershey Area
    • Hazleton Area
    • Jim Thorpe SD
    • Lackawanna County
    • Lancaster/Manheim Twp SD
    • Lehigh Valley
    • Lewistown
    • Mechanicsburg
    • Mifflinburg Area SD
    • Milton Area
    • Quakertown
    • Schuylkill IU 29
    • Wallenpaupack
    • Wilkes Campus
    • Williamsport
    • York

The EDS degree is also offered in a hybrid format in Istanbul, Turkey. Prospective students can view program details and admissions information by clicking here.

To begin taking courses
that lead toward an Educational Development and Strategies 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 Wilkes 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.

To help keep track of the program requirements you can download a pdf-formatted Educational Development and Strategies checklist. If you don't 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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