Educational Development and Strategies

Be an effective teacher. Earn your Master of Science in Education with a major in Educational Development and Strategies.

Proven classroom strategies are blended with educational theory and research to give practicing teachers like you the skills needed to improve student performance. Learn practical skills with immediate career application. Courses address classroom management, assessment practices, technology, and psychological, social and comparative foundations.

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Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Master's Degree Online 30

Why Study Educational Development and Strategies at Wilkes?

Your skills as an educator are critical in serving the needs of your students as well as reaching your career goals. By earning your master’s degree in educational development and strategies, you’ll gain valuable insights into better classroom management, the latest assessment practices, and how to best leverage technology in your classroom. This program is offered in partnership with PLS 3rd Performance Learning Systems and delivers practical skills with immediate career application.

What Will You learn as an Educational Development and Strategies Student?

  • You’ll learn how to implement strategies to guide instruction for learning to achieve established learning goals.
  • You’ll be able to apply differentiated instruction techniques and strategies to create learner-centered classrooms and lessons for diverse populations.
  • You’ll discuss current, validated research underlying the theory, principles, and practices of the course content and apply them to your own instructional area.
  • You’ll discover how to model and directly teach communication skills that build rapport with your community of learners.


Program Highlights

Flexible Delivery

The 30-credit degree is offered fully online. Our online format means campus visits are not required, allowing you to learn from anywhere and at a time of the day that suits you best. If you prefer face-to-face learning, Wilkes offers this program at convenient course locations throughout Pennsylvania, including on campus in Wilkes-Barre.

Designed for Working Teachers

Our program is designed for practicing educators and focuses on combining effective teaching practices with theory and research. Students will grow their knowledge base as well as gain practical skills and techniques that are directly applicable in the classroom.

Actionable Insights

While this program explores psychological, social and comparative foundations in teaching, our courses give students practical skills that they can begin using in their classrooms immediately, whether it’s through implementing new assessment strategies or leveraging technology to engage students.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition for graduate programs in education for the 2023-24 academic year is $554 per credit, or $1,662 per course. Deferment is available for employers who reimburse tuition and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of our program are well prepared to advance their careers as teachers within their respective K-12 districts or explore new pathways while serving as instructional coaches. With extensive knowledge of teaching best practices,  you’ll be able to assist in projects ranging from curriculum development to instructional training for other educators.

In private industry, a master’s degree in education can lead to career paths as educational coordinators or specialists within companies, museums, or other institutions. You’ll be empowered to design, implement, and teach a variety of programs as well as create materials to accomplish organizational goals.

Job Titles: Teacher, Educational Consultant, Educational Coordinator, Educational Director, Education Specialist, Corporate Trainer, Instruction Specialist, Instructional Coach


Pennsylvania Instructional Coaching Letter of Endorsement

The master's degree includes the option to earn the 12-credit letter of endorsement in Instructional Coaching. Add on to your degree, or enroll in this stand-alone program to strengthen the culture of teaching and learning in your school or district and and support continuous improvement in the classroom.

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this endorsement gives you the skills to become an instructional coach in your school or district. Upon successful completion, Pennsylvania educators can apply to add the Instructional Coaching endorsement to their teaching certificate.