Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

The National Institute

Degrees and Programs

Grades and Transcripts

Financial

Faculty

Technical


Admissions

What are the requirements for admission to your degrees and programs?
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate major from an accredited institution. They must have an active teaching certificate if enrolling in the MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching, MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy, MSEd: Reading with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate, and MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning programs. Applicants must be employed full-time at an educational institution.
How do I start the application process?
The first step in the application process is to e-mail an admissions counselor or call us at 888.235.6555 toll-free. An admissions counselor will answer any questions you have, help you determine if the National Institute is right for you, and guide you to the program or degree that best suits your goals and experience. You may also apply online at any time.
Do I have to be employed in a PK-12 school to take a course?
Yes. Our current master’s degree programs require learners to be practicing teachers. Future degrees and programs may have different requirements. Please contact a N.I. Student Advisor to discuss further.
If I have never applied to Wilkes University and I wish to pursue a degree program, what do I need to submit to Wilkes University?
Applicants must submit the following when applying: Within 30 days of beginning your first course, you must submit the following to be formally accepted to Wilkes University:
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Copy of teaching certificate (all programs except Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching)
  • Two letters of recommendation along with Wilkes University recommendation forms
Learners do not have to be formally accepted to begin coursework.
If I have previously attended Wilkes University and I wish to pursue a new degree program, what do I need to submit?
Applicants must submit the following when applying:
  • Online application. Indicate on the application that you have previously attended Wilkes University.
Before you complete your final course, you must submit the following to be formally accepted to Wilkes University if you have not previously submitted them: Learners do not have to be formally accepted to begin coursework.
If I have never applied to Wilkes University and I wish to take a graduate course, but I do not plan on pursuing a degree program, what do I need to submit?
Applicants must submit the following when applying:
  • Online application. Indicate on the application that you are a "Non-Degree" seeking student.
  • $35 application fee
Do you accept transfer credits?
The only program that may accept transferring credits is our Reading with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate MSEd. Currently, none of our other online courses allow for transfer credits due to the classroom embedded nature of the courses. For more information please contact Wilkes University at 1-800-945-5378 ext 4400.
If I am enrolled in a different graduate program, will my institution accept courses in these online programs to transfer and apply to my current program?
All colleges and universities reserve the right to accept or deny transfer credits according to their own policies. If you are interested in transferring course credits to your current institution, we recommend that you seek approval in advance from your advisor or program director. Be prepared to explain where the course fits into your current program (have the Wilkes University course number and description available) and which core or elective you are hoping to replace.
When does the next term begin?
View our academic calendar for specific session dates.
Can I take a course without enrolling in an entire degree or program?
Yes. You may take courses without enrolling in the program, but by completing an entire program, you can earn your master’s degree or letter of endorsement, increase your salary potential, and have a greater impact on student achievement. Many courses have prerequisites, so be sure to check out the requirements before you register.
Can I take a course with teachers or coaches from my own building or district?
During the registration process, you are able to choose the section of the course that you would like. If you and your colleagues choose the same section, you will take the course together.
What is the withdrawal policy?
Students who withdraw from a course after it begins are entitled to an adjustment of tuition according to the refund schedule. Contact the National Institute for Professional Practice at 888.235.6555 for the most recent refund schedule.
How do I withdraw from a course?
To withdraw from a course, call the National Institute for Professional Practice at 888.235.6555 to request a withdrawal form. Complete the form and fax it to the National Institute for Professional Practice at 717-928-4338. Before we process your refund, we must receive your official withdrawal form. The official withdrawal date is determined by the date we receive your withdrawal form.
I have more questions about admissions and registration. How can I learn more?
You may e-mail one of our admissions counselors or call us at 888.235.6555 toll-free Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

The National Institute

Are your programs accredited?
Yes. We partner with Wilkes University, which is approved and monitored by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Do you offer both online and on-site courses?
The National Institute for Professional Practice only offers online graduate education courses. Our partner, Wilkes University, offers both online and on-site courses for students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and terminal degrees. The Wilkes University campus is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was established in 1933.

Degrees and Programs

What programs do you offer?
We offer the following degrees and programs:
  • MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching
  • MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy
  • MSEd: Reading with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate
Does the MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning program result in a certification?
No. People who successfully complete the program will earn a master’s degree but will not earn a certification.
Does the MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching program result in a certification?
No. People who successfully complete the program will earn a master’s degree and a certificate from Dr. Robert Marzano, but will not earn a certification.
Does the MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy program result in a Reading Specialist Certification?
No. People who successfully complete the MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy program will earn a master’s degree but will not earn a Reading Specialist Certification.
Does the MSEd: Reading program result in a Reading Specialist Certification?
No. Candidates will be recommended for Pennsylvania Reading Specialist certification upon successful completion of the program and the PDE required reading certification exam (Praxis 20300).
How much time will it take me to complete a program?
The timeline to complete one of our online graduate programs is flexible and is determined by each individual student’s schedule. Most graduate degree programs can be completed in as little as two years. See below for specific programs. All programs must be completed within six years.
  • MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching – three years, with an accelerated degree track
  • MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning – two years, with an accelerated degree track
  • MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy – two years, with an accelerated degree track
  • MSEd: Reading With a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate- two years, with an accelerated degree track
Is there a specific order in which I need to take courses?
Students make their own schedules, but there are prerequisites in each program. All students must enroll for the Graduation Audit before beginning their last semester. For more information on the Graduation Audit please call 570-408-4058.
  • MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching
    • EDAM 5040 and EDAM 5041 are prerequisites to all other courses in the program
    • Before taking EDAM 5048, students must successfully complete all of the previous courses in the program
  • MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • EDAM 5030 is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program
    • Before taking EDAM 5039, students must successfully complete all of the previous courses in the program
  • MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy
    • EDAM 5001 is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program
    • Before taking EDAM 5012, students must successfully complete all of the previous courses in the program
  • MSEd: Reading With a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate
    • EDAM 5060 is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program
    • Before taking EDAM 5067, students must successfully complete all of the previous courses in the program
What is a study group?
A study group is the group of individuals who are taking the same class with the same faculty member.
Do any of the online programs require a thesis or comprehensive exam?
There is NO thesis or comprehensive exam to be completed at the conclusion of coursework. However, all of our master’s degree programs have a capstone experience for the degree.
Are there coursework deadlines?
Yes. Students may complete their coursework whenever and wherever they want as long as they meet course assignment deadlines.
How many people will be in my study group?
In most courses, study groups have 5-10 learners. However, EDAM 5031, 5032, 5033, and 5034 may have up to 20 learners per study group.
Which National Institute courses are available to take during the summer session?
Since our courses are classroom embedded not all of them are offered during the summer session. The following courses are available during our summer sessions:
  • MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching
    • EDAM 5040
  • MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • EDAM 5030
  • MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy
    • EDAM 5001
    • EDAM 5002
    • EDAM 5004
    • EDAM 5009
    • EDAM 5013
  • MSEd. Reading with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate
    • EDAM 5060
    • EDAM 5061
    • EDAM 5062
    • EDAM 5063
    • EDAM 5064
    • EDAM 5065

Grades and Transcripts

What is the grading scale?
The grading/scoring is as follows:
4.0A94-100%Academic achievement of superior quality
3.5B+87-93%Academic achievement of good quality
3.0B80-86%Academic achievement of acceptable quality in meeting graduation requirements
2.5C+75-79%Academic achievement of adequate quality but below the average required for graduation
2.0C70-74%Academic achievement below the average required for graduation
0.0FBelow 70%Failure. No graduate course credit
When can I view my final grade in a course?
Wilkes University posts grades to student accounts within 10-15 business days after the session ends. To access your grades, select the Student Login link from any page in on our website and choose “View Grades.”
How do I view or order my official transcript?
To request a transcript, follow the steps below.
  • Select the Student Login link from any page in our website and choose “View and Print Your Transcript.”
  • Log in to your student account.
  • Select the "Student Services" tab.
  • Choose "My Transcripts."
  • Choose "Request an Official Transcript."

Financial

What is the cost for a 3-credit course?
The most up-to-date costs are located on our tuition and fees schedule.
How do I pay for a course?
To pay for a course in MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching:
  • Select the Student Login link from any page website.
  • Under Register for a Course, select MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching courses.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Register for a course.
  • Enter credit card information when prompted.
To pay for courses in any other program:
  • Log into the portal (portal.wilkes.edu)
  • Sign in using username and password
  • Select “Student Link” tab from the top menu
  • Select “Student”
Who do I pay for my course?
For MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching courses, students pay the National Institute for Professional Practice. For all other courses, students pay Wilkes University.
When do I pay for a course?
Payment for courses in MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching are due to the National Institute for Professional Practice at the time of registration. Payment for all other courses is due to Wilkes University 30 days after the course ends.

Faculty

How do I learn about the faculty member teaching my course?
You can view information about faculty members on our website. Select the Faculty menu item and click on Biographies.
Can I choose the faculty member for my course?
During the registration process, you are able to choose the section of the course that you would like. Each section has a preassigned faculty member. You can view a profile of each faculty member on our website.
How do I apply to become an online faculty member?
Interested applicants can apply online to join our team. Please review the requirements before you complete your application to ensure you meet the necessary qualifications for your desired program. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact our Facilitation Manager or call us at 888.235.6555 toll-free Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
What are the qualifications needed to become a graduate faculty member?
All of our faculty members are highly qualified in the subject(s) they teach and have a passion for helping our students grow and become better teachers and leaders. Interested applicants must meet the following requirements to join our team:
  • Master's degree (must correspond to subject(s) facilitated)
  • Minimum of five years experience in an age-appropriate classroom in a public school system
  • Experience in adult education (effective interpersonal skills)
  • Basic computer application skills (e-mail, word processing, etc.)
  • Access to a computer, printer, Microsoft Word, and Internet access (broadband connection required)
  • Deep content knowledge in the subject you wish to facilitate and awareness of current research in that subject
  • Philosophical alignment with the program
  • Student-centered approach to learning, both with online learners and K-12 learners
  • Committed to detail – timeliness, responsiveness and responsibility to the learner
  • Ability to offer constructive feedback
Is training required to become a graduate faculty member?
Yes. Once you are approved as a graduate faculty member, you will be required to successfully complete a six-week online training course designed by the National Institute for Professional Practice.
What are the expectations of a graduate faculty member?
  • Provide weekly online office hours
  • Actively participate in online discussions
  • Score work according to rubrics provided
  • Provide timely, high quality feedback to support learner growth
  • Schedule and score coursework so it is completed within the time period allotted by the approved academic calendar
  • Meet the quality and performance standards set by the National Institute for Professional Practice

Technical

Do I need special hardware or software to complete my coursework?
Each course may require specific software or hardware, depending on the nature of the course. Review the syllabus for the class you wish to take for details. View our System Requirements page for general hardware and software requirements.
What is a WIN and why do I need it?
The WIN (Wilkes Identification Number) is your student ID that you use for the entire time you are associated with Wilkes University. New students receive a WIN immediately after they complete the online application.
I lost or forgot my WIN. What do I do?
If you do not know your WIN, you must contact the Wilkes University Help Desk at 866.264.1462. Help Desk representatives will ask a series of questions verifying information before they send you your WIN. General office staff members are prohibited from giving this information out over the telephone or through e-mail.
When should I log in to the National Institute for Professional Practice?
Students should log in to the National Institute for Professional Practice portal to:
  • Register and pay for MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching courses
  • Access MSEd: Art and Science of Teaching courses
  • Access MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy courses
  • Access Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching courses
  • Access the following MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning courses
    • EDAM 5030
    • EDAM 5035
    • EDAM 5036
    • EDAM 5037
    • EDAM 5038
  • Access the following MSEd: Reading with a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate Courses
    • EDAM 5060
    • EDAM 5061
    • EDAM 5062
    • EDAM 5063
    • EDAM 5064
    • EDAM 5065
When should I log in to the Wilkes University Portal?
Students should log in to the Wilkes University Portal to:
  • View and request a transcript
  • Register and pay for MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning courses
  • Register and pay for MSEd: Early Childhood Literacy courses
  • Register and pay for Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching courses
  • Access the following MSEd: 21st Century Teaching and Learning courses
    • EDAM 5031
    • EDAM 5032
    • EDAM 5033
    • EDAM 5034
    • EDAM 5039
  • Access the following MSEd: Reading With a Pennsylvania Reading Specialist Certificate Courses
    • EDSP 501
    • ESL 506
    • EDAM 5066
    • EDAM 5049
    • EDAM 5067
Who should I contact if I have problems logging in to the National Institute for Professional Practice?
Contact the National Institute for Professional Practice Help Desk at 888.235.6555.
Who should I contact if I have problems logging in to the Wilkes University Portal?
Contact the Wilkes University Help Desk at 866.264.1462.

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