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Discover Your STEM Instructional Practice

Enroll in the Wilkes University and Discovery Education STEM letter of endorsement program. This 12-credit program provides the tools teachers need to plan, design and incorporate STEM strategies into everyday learning across disciplines.

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Transform Your Teaching Career

The Discovery Education and Wilkes University online Master of Science Degree in Instructional Media has one goal: to give teachers the tools to thrive in the 21st century classroom.

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Full Master of Science Program

The Discovery Education and Wilkes University online Master of Science Degree in Instructional Media has one goal: to give teachers the tools to thrive in the 21st century classroom. Designed and taught by leaders in the field of educational technology, this degree combines the convenience of the online format with the expertise of Discovery Education and Wilkes University.

Designed for working teachers, this unique online degree pays immediate dividends to your students—and to your career. What you learn online you can apply the next day in your classroom. Personal growth, access to thought leaders in education technology and a grasp of the technology-enriched classroom—these will be your rewards. Ultimately, our Instructional Media students achieve tremendous personal growth in the classroom. For your students, for your school and for your career, you won’t find a more rewarding degree.

This program is designed with a number of benefits to make it easy and accessible for the busy educator:

 


12-Credit Program

Serving as alternative options to the full Master of Science degree, these 12-credit programs take less than one year to complete.

STEM Letter of Endorsement Program

Grow a foundational understanding around STEM instruction and leadership with this 12-credit letter of endorsement* program:

  • Create and implement STEM activities in your classroom
  • Develop STEM lessons(offered fully online)
  • Integrate authentic assessment strategies
  • Develop a culture of STEM in your school

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A Unique Collaboration

To advance a new generation of education leaders, Discovery Education, renowned for its quality content and digital services in over half of all US schools, and Wilkes University, a leader in graduate education, have teamed up to create this unique program. Together these trusted organizations bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and a joint passion for integrating digital media and technology into the classroom.

About Discovery Education:

Powered by the world’s #1 non-fiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is committed to transforming classrooms and inspiring teachers with engaging content and services that measure and improve student achievement. Discovery Education provides quality, digital resources to school and homes with the goals of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.

 

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is one of the largest private providers of graduate education for teachers in Pennsylvania, offering a variety of master’s degree programs in education, a doctor of educational leadership degree and four letter of endorsement programs. Wilkes now offers nine online graduate education degrees focused on improving student outcomes and helping education professionals advance their careers.

 

Free Discovery Education Resources


As a student in this cutting-edge program, you will receive free access to Discovery Education’s award-winning digital services including: Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Science and Discovery Education Health. Unlock your students’ imaginations by integrating the many video and content assets into your classroom instruction. These services are a valuable benefit to you as a student earning your online Master of Science degree, and a valuable benefit to your students through higher student achievement and engagement.

 


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Discovery Education streaming integrates seamlessly into any curriculum with 9,000 full-length videos segmented into 71,000 content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.

“I love Discovery Education streaming. I would be totally lost without it! My absolute favorite part is the Builders. It allows me to differentiate instruction in a manner that is easy in my classroom!”

Teryl Magee
STAR Discovery Educator
Dogwood Elementary Knoxville, TN

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Discovery Education powers your districts’ elementary and middle school science curriculum with up to date, standards based virtual labs, simulations, reading passages and more – coupled with a real time assessment component that measures student’s progress. Organized around an inquiry framework and covering Physical, Earth and Space, and Life Sciences, Discovery Education Science is designed to encourage exploration, stimulate critical thinking, and deepen understanding of science.

“Discovery Education Science transforms the way school educators teach science.”

Tracie Belt
Shorecrest Preparatory School
St. Petersburg, FL

Learn more about Discovery Education Science Supplemental >


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Discovery Education Health is a comprehensive health and prevention library that addresses the needs of the whole student. Enhancing the classroom with a state standards based online library of K–12 health and prevention content, Discovery Education Health builds life skills in nine key topic areas:

  • Physical Activity
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Violence
  • Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Tobacco
  • The Body
  • Growth and Development

 

Learn more about Discovery Education Health Supplemental >


“Imagine the student who’s doing a project on WWII being able to take video from the Normandy invasion and integrate into his project, telling the story as if he’s there. That brings his learning and the learning he shares with his classmates to a whole new level.”

Joe Brennan
Course Designer, Digital Storytelling

STEM Letter of Endorsement

Discover Your STEM Instructional Practice & Drive the Next Generation of Innovation

The need for effective STEM education has never been greater. STEM, or applying the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics practices to solve real-world problems, has expanded from an industry driven idea to the foundation of teaching and learning in schools across the country. Through inquiry and explorations, students learn content while developing the problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed in all career paths in the future. Help your students thrive as you develop your STEM instructional practice.

Enroll in the Wilkes University and Discovery Education STEM letter of endorsement program. This 12-credit program provides the tools teachers need to plan, design and incorporate STEM strategies into everyday learning across disciplines.

Apply today and join Discovery Education and Wilkes University in transforming teaching and learning with the STEM Letter of Endorsement.

Grow a Foundational Understanding Around STEM Instruction and Leadership:

  • Create and implement STEM activities in your classroom
  • Develop STEM lessons
  • Integrate authentic assessment strategies
  • Develop a culture of STEM in your school

 

Wilkes offers the only endorsement program coupling academic excellence from a recognized university with Discovery Education’s proven expertise in STEM and digital resource integration. Course designers and faculty members have designed a curriculum that is both relevant and practical, allowing for immediate career application.

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*Upon successful completion, Pennsylvania educators can apply to add this PDE-approved STEM endorsement to their teaching certificate.

Convenient Online Learning

The 12-credit, four-course program is offered in a convenient online format. Courses are held in accelerated, seven-week sessions, meaning you can complete the program in about eight months, all while taking one course at a time.

Required field experiences can be completed in your own school – no travel to campus required.

Benefits:

  • Affordable Tuition
  • Convenient Online Learning
  • Completion in less than one year
  • Credits that count towards the M.S. in Instructional Media

Required Courses:

  • EDIM 502: Project-Based Learning
  • EDIM 513: Inquiry-Based Learning
  • EDIM 517: Practices and Implementation of STEM Education
  • EDIM 518: Creating a STEM Culture Through Application

*Field experiences: a total of 20 hours of field experiences will be required for PA. educators seeking the PDE-approved STEM endorsement.
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Admission Requirements:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. In addition, please submit:

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • A copy of your teaching certificate*

 

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Course Information

Designed for working teachers like you, our Instructional Media courses are fully online. They meet in accelerated 7-week terms so that you can quickly apply what you learn in your classroom. And they are taught by experts who are helping to change the face of the 21st century classroom. This forward-thinking curriculum will teach you to integrate electronic media and web-based tools into your curriculum. Find creative ways to use Web 2.0 tools to engage your students. Master digital storytelling and become a well-traveled guide on virtual field trips. If your goal is to become a leader in the 21st century classroom, you won’t find a more future-oriented and inspiring program.

Master of Science (21 credits)

An examination of various assessment strategies and current methods of assessment, through the study of theory and effective practices in assessment translated into design. The analysis of disaggregated student data to implement effective change in teaching and assessment practices will be explored. Research based strategies for the assessment and instruction of diverse learners will be examined.


The brain has been described as “the most complex structure in the universe,” and as “biology’s biggest challenge.” One thing we do know is that the brain is the center of human learning. The better we understand how the brain learns, the better we can teach both with and without technology. How the brain learns is a mystery that philosophers and educators have pondered for thousands of years, but that is now being uncovered by neuroscientists.

You will learn from leaders in the field to gain a contemporary glimpse into cognitive research and its implications for education and technology. In addition to readings, you’ll see video lectures from prominent brain researchers, cognitive scientists, and educators. You will try to apply these discoveries about perception, memory, motivation, and learning to ways that can help children and adults learn faster, better, and in greater depth. We’ll explore how technology can support the learning process in significant and interesting ways.

Students find that much of this material is new to them because it has not yet entered public knowledge or teacher preparation programs. To help you learn, you will participate in weekly discussion forums and online audio/visual environments like VoiceThread, live web conferences where you can discuss ideas with the instructor and fellow students. Expect to share, respond, and collaborate with fellow students and the instructor via text, audio, and images. The course challenges students to integrate recent cognitive science discoveries into their models of teaching and learning. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to confidently design cognition-based, technology-supported teaching and learning activities.


Project-Based Learning is a dynamic hands-on approach to learning that takes content knowledge and skills out of the isolated classroom and employs it to solve authentic problems in real world settings. Students work in collaborative teams that can include global partners. The driving question that is at the core of a project based learning experience challenges students to think creatively and utilize the knowledge, skills, and habits of professionals in that discipline. So, students find themselves doing the work of scientists, mathematicians, historians, and etc. to solve real world problems and create products that have a wide audience and enduring value beyond the classroom.


 

This course will provide educators with techniques for using technology to help create a stimulating, effective classroom for all students including English language learners, special education students, and students with a variety of learning styles. Specific challenges and processes for managing a differentiated instructional setting with accommodations for alternative teaching, learning and assessment will be discussed and researched. Students will explore the use of various technological tools to differentiate assessment of students’ understanding and learning by using various assessment strategies such as instructional rubrics, student reflections and portfolios. Using technology to manage ongoing assessment for diverse learners will be explored.


 

This course is designed to make a teacher feel comfortable with the most common and effective types of classroom video creation. In order to give educators the most practical experience possible, they watch and analyze a variety of student created videos on the Internet, read Jason Ohler’s Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity, and use the American Film Institute educator’s guide to make weekly videos of their own. The video assignments are designed to empower and give Wilkes’ students the confidence to engage their classroom with rich media assignments and encourage their colleagues to do the same. This course will demonstrate how audio, video, and interactive elements can complement and enhance classroom instruction. Students will understand the principles of digital storytelling and how this process can be used in the classroom by developing storyboards and creating rubrics for evaluating digital stories. Various software used for digital storytelling will also be explored.


 

This course examines the impact of globalization and technologies have on education and the need for educators to adapt to the changing needs of a global society. In addition, the importance of advocacy and how it can affect change will be examined.


 

We are teaching in exciting times where new tools and technologies are making it easier to integrate digital media within our daily instruction. Many challenges face us when using these tools effectively and efficiently. Why do we use them in the first place? Which activities and resources will achieve the highest engagement from our students? How do we have our students create their own content with these tools? And how do we use new media to increase learning of core content while also preparing students for a future that will require unknown skills and creativity? This course will give you the tools and skills to face these challenges, and a conceptual framework based on Howard Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future, to continue innovating as digital media and classrooms evolve.

This course will help you answer these questions, transforming your classroom into a 21st century learning environment. In the process you will create cutting-edge, standards-based media-infused projects that incorporate digital content from Discovery Education streaming with technologies like Glogster and Google Earth. When you leave, you will have the skills and insight to make digital resources a powerful force in your classroom.


 

Elective (choose 9 credits)

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), released in 2010 and adopted by the majority of states, clearly delineate the learning expectations for k-12 students. With the goal of college and career readiness, the CCSS have strong implications for curriculum, assessment, and instruction. This course provides an indepth examination of their rationale, design, and impact on teaching and learning of all students. Research and practical application will be provided to guide effective implementation of the CCSS in English/Language Arts and Math.


 

Students learn the core concepts of Web 2.0 and how it is impacting learning environments. The course focuses on Web 2.0 technologies and how these tools are shaping education by allowing users to publish and interact in new and different ways. Topics include social networking technology and online collaborative tools such as blogs, wikis, etc. Sounds kinda dry, eh? Well, imagine a course that requires you to create your own Personal Learning Network of smart people who can help you answer tech and curriculum questions when you have them. Or one that forces you to join a social network and both give of yourself and take good ideas from others. In addition to those tools and resources, you will have an opportunity to create an online hosted presentation, a podcast, and even collaborate to design a public service announcement using a host of online tools. These are the types of projects you will encounter during this course.


 

Designed to be a companion to Digital Storytelling (EDIM 504), in this course you will continue to develop your video production skills with projects that dive deeper into the rafts of cinematography, lighting, editing and increase your confidence with the tools and techniques of filmmakers. This action packed 7-week online boot camp will also sharpen your perception of mass media and visual language with a dash of film studies and commentary. Whatever subject you teach, the skills you will learn in EDIM 511 will be useful as you integrate visual media in your classroom.


 

This course centers around the skills students need for the 21st century. During inquiry, students refine their problem solving, critical thinking and creativity skills and are asked to apply them in a constructivist approach. Participants will be engaged in addressing how students learn, the process of inquiry, the process skills of inquiry and the role technology plays in engaging the 21st century learner.

Inquiry-based instruction is a powerful way for students to learn through active engagement with their environment. Teachers who engage in this form of instruction orchestrate a learning environment that allows students to develop a deep understanding and enriched knowledge about selected topics. Inquiry should be one of the methodologies that teachers employ in meeting the challenges of today’s academic expectations. We live in an era of rapidly expanding knowledge, which highlights the need for students to be lifelong learners. Inquiry skills support a student’s ability to question and methodically investigate a wide range of subject matter. This course will explore inquiry as a teaching technique, utilizing technology to support the various stages of the process.


 

The course will explore an array of powerful tools and new technologies that will help educators move beyond simple proficiency. Students will explore a wide variety of cutting edge technologies, from Web 2.0 to mobile phones in the classrooms. From the federal and state regulations that school technology policies are based on to the assessment of digital projects, this class provides students with a basis from which to explore, evaluate and integrate new technologies in the classroom.


 

This course will highlight significant ways that mobile devices can help to enhance and extend classroom learning. It will also address the unique challenges that schools face when adopting students’ own devices as learning tools. Research and practical K-12 examples will be provided to support and address the many nuances of using mobile devices in the classroom.


 

This course will examine current issues and trends in educational technology. Topics will focus on skills pertinent to maintaining digital literacy including use of communication and collaboration tools, analysis and digital curation of information, and evaluation of technological trends and associated pedagogy. Students will understand the importance of digital citizenship as it relates to the application of new technologies in the classroom environment and in education as a whole.


 

This course examines the need for STEM education, framing the development of a personal, applicable definition in practice. Special emphasis on instructional practices, student outcomes (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and connections to content standards will be made. Students will create and evaluate STEM activities, lessons and assessments as they develop an understanding of STEM implementation. Includes 10 hours of field experience.


This course establishes the importance of developing a STEM culture through the design, application and evaluation of relevant, student-centered units embedded with community and career connections. A transdisciplinary approach to integrating STEM practices will be explored. Includes 10 hours of field experience.



STEM Letter of Endorsement (12 credits)

Project-Based Learning is a dynamic hands-on approach to learning that takes content knowledge and skills out of the isolated classroom and employs it to solve authentic problems in real world settings. Students work in collaborative teams that can include global partners. The driving question that is at the core of a project based learning experience challenges students to think creatively and utilize the knowledge, skills, and habits of professionals in that discipline. So, students find themselves doing the work of scientists, mathematicians, historians, and etc. to solve real world problems and create products that have a wide audience and enduring value beyond the classroom.


 

This course centers around the skills students need for the 21st century. During inquiry, students refine their problem solving, critical thinking and creativity skills and are asked to apply them in a constructivist approach. Participants will be engaged in addressing how students learn, the process of inquiry, the process skills of inquiry and the role technology plays in engaging the 21st century learner.

Inquiry-based instruction is a powerful way for students to learn through active engagement with their environment. Teachers who engage in this form of instruction orchestrate a learning environment that allows students to develop a deep understanding and enriched knowledge about selected topics. Inquiry should be one of the methodologies that teachers employ in meeting the challenges of today’s academic expectations. We live in an era of rapidly expanding knowledge, which highlights the need for students to be lifelong learners. Inquiry skills support a student’s ability to question and methodically investigate a wide range of subject matter. This course will explore inquiry as a teaching technique, utilizing technology to support the various stages of the process.


 

This course examines the need for STEM education, framing the development of a personal, applicable definition in practice. Special emphasis on instructional practices, student outcomes (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and connections to content standards will be made. Students will create and evaluate STEM activities, lessons and assessments as they develop an understanding of STEM implementation. Includes 10 hours of field experience.


This course establishes the importance of developing a STEM culture through the design, application and evaluation of relevant, student-centered units embedded with community and career connections. A transdisciplinary approach to integrating STEM practices will be explored. Includes 10 hours of field experience.


 

Online Course Demo

Discovery Education and Wilkes University are committed to making it easy and convenient for students to participate in this program. The entire program is held online using the course management system L.I.V.E., which helps create dynamic online learning environments for students. You will be sent information prior to the start of class on how to log on and access the course site, and how to obtain information on course content, assignments and due dates. Inside the course, you will complete practical activities and participate in online discussions with classmates. To help you in this dynamic online environment, instructors will provide guidance and answer questions related to the course, while the 24/7 help desk assists with technical support.

This short tutorial explains the primary functions of L.I.V.E. letting you see just how easy it is to take one of our online courses.

(Demo coming soon!)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Instructional Media program is fully online and offered in seven-week sessions, with two sessions offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students are encouraged to take one course per seven-week session. Students wishing to take more than 9 credits per semester (full-time for graduate students) should consult with their advisor for permission.

Tuition is $472 per credit for the 2017-18 academic year. This rate applies to all students, regardless of geographic location. A fee of $65 is charged for each online course.

Students seeking financial aid must register for a minimum of 6 credits per semester (not session) and be accepted as a degree-seeking student. More information pertaining to financial aid can be found on the Financial Aid – Graduate page.

Discovery Education and Wilkes University are committed to making it easy and convenient for students to participate in this program. The entire program is held online using the course management system L.I.V.E., which helps create dynamic online learning environments for students.

The courses use discussion boards and blogging for student and instructor interaction. Typically, students will make several discussion posts during the week and submit a more in-depth assignment at the end of the week. This assignment could range from creation of a video, exploration of web resources, or writing of an essay about technology.

Courses have assignments and discussion due dates, but students can log in at any time of day. Some instructors incorporate live web conferences, which would require students to log in at a specific time. However, these conferences are typically held in the evenings only two to three times over the duration of the course.

The time commitment is comparable to a face-to-face graduate course. Courses run for seven weeks, and participants can expect to spend six to eight hours per week completing assignments and interacting with classmates through online discussions. Actual time will vary depending on participants’ individual working styles.

The instructor oversees the course for the entire seven-week session. From the beginning of the course, the instructor is an integral part of the course experience. He or she will facilitate conversations on discussion boards, give feedback on participants’ course work, and assist students with content-related questions.

Students can complete their degree in less than two years. However, the University allows students up to six years to complete all degree requirements if they need that long.

Yes! That’s why Discovery Education and Wilkes University created the STEM 12-credit letter of endorsement program that provides a quick pathway to expertise in emerging STEM technologies. Four, three-credit courses are offered in this program. Upon successful completion, Pennsylvania educators can apply to add this PDE-approved letter of endorsement to their existing teaching certificate. Other educators will be granted a letter of endorsement from Wilkes University, while leaving the program with advanced knowledge in this topic area.

Students can also take a course or two without enrolling in the program. Simply apply as a non-degree seeking student before registering for class.

Absolutely! A teaching certificate is not required for admittance. In fact, the program attracts students from all disciplines—not just teachers.

Students may transfer a maximum of six graduate credits while enrolled at Wilkes University. This is determined by a department review of the course syllabi provided for each course previously completed.

International students who would like to enroll in the program should view the Graduate Requirements for more information.

Wilkes University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Most school districts understand the importance of continuing education. However, every district sets its own policy for what courses and credits it will accept and for what purpose. In many cases, as long as the credits are from an accredited university or college they may count toward salary movement, but students are strongly encouraged to seek approval through their appropriate district office.

IMPORTANT DATES

Registration opens in early November.

Spring Session I runs from Jan. 16 to March 4

Spring Session II runs from March 5 to April 22

“Upon my completion of this program, I take away a vast collection of knowledge and resources that have changed my perceptions about the learning process. This program provided a platform for great exploration with Web 2.0 tools and technology, differentiated learning principles, the use of media within the classroom, and cognitive theory for effectively processing information. I leave this program with valuable tools, skills, and, most importantly, desire to utilize these lessons in a constructive way for the betterment of 21st century education.”

“This program is giving me the opportunity to focus on essential topics relevant to my job. I now have a deeper understanding of project based learning and using technology to support differentiated instruction, as well as the impact that globalization will have on our need to redefine what it means to learn in the 21st century. I feel more prepared to lead teachers in my district.

 

“I chose the Wilkes program because of its immersive quality; participants have the opportunity to actually engage in learning experiences that students will ultimately be engaged in themselves, providing us with the unique chance to see the learning from our students’ eyes.”

“Courses are designed to help educators feel comfortable with the tools necessary to bring classroom instruction to the 21st century. The university’s collaboration with Discovery Education solidified my respect for the program, as I have been using Discovery Education’s educational tools and resources for years.”

“I really felt like I owed it to myself to get this degree, to learn how to use technology in my classroom. For me, technology is something that really helps me learn and keeps me engaged and I wanted to transmit that to my students.”

“I’ve had some great experiences with the course. I came away with things that I can really use in my class and I can see how these technology tools can be put together in a combination of projects and really benefit students and meet their individual needs.

 

“I would absolutely recommend this program, because it really brings 21st century teaching, methodology and tools to teachers who really need them to be 21st century teachers and to meet the needs of our students today.”

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