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Professional Learning Series of the Archdiocese of Dubuque

Professional Development

The Professional Learning Series offered through the Archdiocese of Dubuque in partnership with Clarke University provides quality, innovative learning opportunities for educators within the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The PLS seeks to fulfill the mission of providing a high-quality, academically rigorous education rooted in Gospel values to students across the Archdiocese.

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  • Rigorous and relevant coursework designed to strengthen and build the skill set of educators.
  • Qualified instructors dedicated to Catholic education.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with educators from across the Archdiocese of Dubuque.


  • Courses are offered online and designed with flexibility in mind.
  • PLS courses make up almost half of the MAE program.

Cost Effective

  • Because of the Archdiocesan benefit, your master’s degree is half the normal cost.
  • Every course taught by Archdiocesan faculty costs you $150 per credit hour.
  • The Archdiocese offers a forgivable loan program and pays up to $100 per credit hour of the courses taught by Clarke faculty.

Sessions begin in August, January, and June.

Two Options

PLS of the Archdiocese only

Courses available for Professional Development only (courses are taught by Arch staff and credit is issued through Clarke University).

506 Technology for Teaching and Learning
510 Teacher as Leader
526 Principles of Effective Literacy Instruction
527 Inclusive Practices in Education
528 Professional Development Applications
529 Success Skills for Students in a Changing World
532 Leadership and Vision
553 Professional Development Research Seminar

580 Topics: Strategies for the Secondary Classroom


Master of Arts in Education – PLS of the Archdiocese

Required Courses: (9 credits)
510 Teacher as Leader (3 credits)
527 Inclusionary Practices (3 credits)
529 Success Skills for Students in a Changing World (3 credits)

Plus nine credits from the following:
506 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
511 High School Professional Learning Networks (1-2 credits)
526 Principles of Effective Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
528 Professional Development Applications (1 credit)
553 Professional Development Research Seminar (2 credits)
580 Topics Course (1-3 credits)

Then 18 credits from Clarke University:

Required Courses: (9 credits)
500 Introduction to Graduate Research (3 credits)
585 Action Research (6 credits)

Plus nine credits from the following:
503 Brain Based Learning (3 credits)
513 Problem Based Learning (3 credits)
514 The Reflective Educator (3 credits)
523 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 credits)
525 Motivation and Management (3 credits)
530 Planning and Designing Student-Centered Learning Environments (3 credits)
532 Leadership and Vision for Technology (3 credits)
533 Grant Writing (3 credits)
534 Mentoring and Induction of New Teachers (3 credits)
580 Special Topics (3 credits)
545 Balanced Literacy Programs (3 credits)

Optional face-to-face courses offered toward Reading Endorsement:
548 Emergent Literacy (3 credits)
549 Reading Interventions (3 credits)
550 Adv. Practicum & Instruction in Reading (3 credits)