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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

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.  You may click on the addendum for VESi courses.  Grad Non-Degree Addendum

Shepherd University established EDPD (Professional Development in Education) in 2006. In order to become a re-certified teacher, some 500 educators and others, avail themselves annually of these graduate-level courses.

The primary service area in which the courses are offered is the greater Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, which consists of approximately 5,000 professional educators. Teachers from other areas of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, may also participate in these graduate-level classes.


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)


Shepherd University has a strong commitment to excellence in education. To assure that all teachers may register for needed or desired classes, the tuition is kept at $198 inclusive for each 3-credit graduate level EDPD class.


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.


A wide array of EDPD classes are offered each semester. The largest enrollment is during the summer months when most teachers are on summer break.

*Courses are offered in Math, Psychology, History, Ethics, Science, Social Studies, ESL (English as a Second Language), English, Special Education, Classroom Management, Ethics, School Administration and Management, Overseas Travel Classes, Communication

*Dependent upon available faculty and funding. Highly specialized courses may be closed to persons not having the necessary prerequisites.

• Click here to request a transcript of EDPD courses taken at Shepherd University.  If this is your first request, please choose the Print/Mail/Pickup link.

•For registration requests outside of posted deadlines, please use this form:  Petition to the Graduate Council (PDF)

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