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Discovery Education & Wilkes University : Master of Science Degree in Instructional Media

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the program format?

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.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $423 per credit or $1,269 per 3-credit course, for the 2014-2015 academic year. This rate applies to all students, regardless of geographic location. A fee of $65 is charged for each online course.

Is there financial aid available?

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.

What is it like to take a course online?

Discovery Education and Wilkes University are committed to making it easy and convenient for students to participate in this program.  Our entire program is held online using the course management system Moodle, which helps create dynamic online learning environments for students. Watch our demo on how easy is it to take one of our courses.

What are the courses like?

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.

Do I need to log into the courses at a specific time?

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.

How much time is required for these courses?

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.

How much interaction will I have with the course instructor?

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.

Do I need to travel to campus at any point during the program?

No. The program is completely online, allowing students to participate from anywhere. However, we encourage students to attend graduation to visit the campus.

How tech savvy do I need to be in order to succeed?

Students familiar with the Internet, basic video/audio recording, word processing, and e-mail functions will be adequately prepared for this program. A tutorial is available for students to gain familiarity with the primary functions of the course management system. Instructors are available to answer some questions as well as a 24/7 help desk for more technical support.

See how an online course works.

How long will it take to complete my degree?

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.

Can I take courses without pursuing the master’s degree?

Students wishing to take a course or two without enrolling in the program should apply as a non-degree seeking student. All students must apply before registering for class.

I am not a teacher and do not have a teaching certificate. Can I still participate in the program?

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

Can I transfer credits into the program?

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.  

How can I apply?

Complete an application online. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. For admission into the program, students must submit two letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Teacher certification is not required.

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

Is Wilkes University an accredited institution?

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

How do I know if these credits will be accepted by my school district?

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.

Informational Webinars

Join us on these upcoming dates for an Interactive Webinar to learn about the Instructional Media program.  Register now.


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