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Education Professional Development (EDPD)

Education Professional Development (EDPD)

*(Apply to Register for EDPD Courses HERE)* Class Schedule
Summer 2024 Course Descriptions EDPD Registration Worksheet
Summer 2024 Academic Calendar
Fall 2024 Course Descriptions Petition to the Graduate Council
Fall 2024 Academic Calendar

Virtual Education Software (VESI) online professional development courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access. These courses are available for registration during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. You must complete and turn in all assignments during the semester in which you register two weeks prior to the date the grades are due. For a list of classes, please visit their website at

Calmer Schools online professional development courses are offered through a third party educational portal. Online courses are self-paced and can be completed within set start and end times agreed upon by Calmer Schools and the Partner University, Shepherd. Each course includes articles on the topic, assessment tools and more – all at a self-directed pace – allowing educators to complete at least 45 hours of course content eligible for 3-credits.

Please note that the passing grade for all Shepherd EDPD courses is listed as an S for satisfactory.  This is equivalent to a B or better.  This can be found in the University Catalog under the grading policy for Graduate and Professional Studies.

Shepherd University established EDPD (Professional Development in Education) in 2006.  In order to re-certify teachers, some 500 educators and others, avail themselves annually of these graduate-level courses.  The primary service areas are West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but with most courses taught online, our areas have now extended to the west coast.


EDPD courses at Shepherd University have been designed to complement the undergraduate and graduate programs by providing quality study and research. EDPD courses have been carefully reviewed and created to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities for local, national, and global educators as well as those who are seeking career enhancement . To ensure the highest in educational standard, all professors are qualified to teach on a full- or part-time basis.

Goals of Professional Graduate Education (EDPD)


Summer 2024 tuition:
3-credit EDPD course = $198
3-credit EDPD Calmer Schools course = $348
3-credit EDPD VESi course =  $348
2-credit EDPD VESi course = $282

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025 tuition:
3-credit EDPD course = $219
3-credit EDPD Calmer Schools course = $369
3-credit EDPD VESi course = $369
2-credit EDPD VESi course = $296


EDPD courses may NOT be used as part of a graduate degree program at Shepherd University or other schools in West Virginia.  Students are limited to 18 credit hours per semester.


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