East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA
East Stroudsburg University is one of the fourteen institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1893 as a normal school to prepare teachers, the institution changed its name in 1927 to East Stroudsburg State Teachers College and again in 1960 to East Stroudsburg State College, reflecting the addition of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. In 1983, it achieved university status. Today the University, with more than 250 faculty members, awards the master's degree in twenty-one areas of specialization and, in cooperation with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, offers an on-campus doctorate degree in educational leadership. There are sixty campus buildings located on 213 acres. There are nine residence halls and the Student Activity Association owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre off-campus student recreation area that includes a lodge and a small lake.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania has a total enrollment of about 6,000 students. About 1,000 are graduate students. Pennsylvania residents account for about 83 percent of the student body; women comprise 70 percent of the graduate enrollment, and more than 25 percent attend full-time.
The Location and Community
East Stroudsburg University is nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. The combination of quiet woodlands, mountain streams, and refreshing clean air has made the Poconos famous as a resort area for more than 100 years. Students take advantage of the scenic, historic, and recreational sites, including the Delaware Water Gap, Bushkill Falls, and the Pocono ski areas. The area offers fine restaurants and resorts, high-caliber entertainment, outstanding shopping, and year-round recreation, including hiking, skiing, and water sports. There is an excellent opportunity for weekend employment. The University, located in East Stroudsburg (Exit 308 off I-80), is within easy reach of major highway systems and commercial air services. The campus is approximately 75 miles west of New York City, 85 miles northeast of Philadelphia, 40 miles southeast of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, and 40 miles northeast of the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton area. Students and faculty members alike enjoy the opportunities of visits to the metropolitan areas.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania offers graduate studies leading to the M.A., M.Ed., M.P.H., and M.S. degrees. In cooperation with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a doctorate of education degree in education administration leadership is offered on the East Stroudsburg (ESU) campus. In addition, graduate certification programs are available in twenty-four different areas of teacher certification. The Master of Arts degree is awarded with a major in history or political science. The Master of Education degree is awarded in biological sciences, elementary education, health and physical education, history, instructional technology, political science, reading, secondary education, and special education. The Master of Public Health degree is awarded with a concentration in community health education. This program is accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health. The Master of Science degree is awarded with a major in biology, cardiac rehabilitation and exercise science, computer science, health and physical education, management and leadership, physical education, speech-language pathology, and sports management. The Certification Program includes, among others, the behavior analyst certification, the School Administration Program leading to the elementary and/or secondary principal certification and the cooperative program with Penn State University for the superintendent's letter of eligibility, the reading specialist certification, and the special education supervisor certificate. Students may complete programs of study that lead to a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. ESU's educational programs are accredited by NCATE. Graduate programs provide internship opportunities, well-equipped laboratories, computer facilities, and comprehensive research databases.
Facilities & Resources
Kemp Library houses more than 448,000 books and periodical volumes, and 1.3 million pieces of microform material. The library is a depository for both U.S. government documents and Pennsylvania state publications, totaling more than 80,000 documents. The library also has extensive electronic holdings, most of which are available both on and off campus. Full-text databases, such as Academic University (LexisNexis), American Chemical Society Web Editions, and BioOne provide the full text to more than 7,500 journals. The library Web site is http://www.esu.edu/library/. The Curriculum Materials Center provides teacher-trainees with a special collection of 7,600 items that includes a selection of textbooks currently used in schools throughout the country and a comprehensive collection of school courses of study. The Academic Computing network consists of fourteen UNIX or Windows NT-based servers that are connected to 600 microcomputers, which provide support instruction, Internet access, the World Wide Web, and e-mail. They are located in fifteen computer laboratories across the campus. Many academic departments maintain discipline-specific computer laboratories for their curricula. Stroud Hall contains classrooms, lecture halls, and computer and language laboratories. Beers Lecture Hall, which opened in 1998, seats 140 students and serves as a distance learning facility. The Fine and Performing Arts Center consists of two theaters, an art gallery, a concert hall, and classrooms. Other major classroom buildings include the Moore Biology building with laboratories for biological sciences, a large greenhouse, and a wildlife museum; the recently renovated Gessner Science Hall with laboratories for physics and chemistry; DeNike Center for Human Services with laboratory areas for recreation and leisure services management, nursing, and health; LaRue Hall with laboratories for speech pathology and audiology; and Rosenkrans Hall with offices and the media, communication, and technology department. Koehler Fieldhouse contains the human performance laboratories used for exercise science, cardiac rehabilitation, and sports medicine teaching and research.
Expenses and Aid
The basic tuition fee for the academic year for full-time Pennsylvania residents is $3759 per semester. Out-of-state students paid $6415 per semester. In addition to basic tuition, there is a general fee of $593 per semester and a technology fee of $50 to $75 per semester. All costs are subject to change.
Financial aid, including the Federal Stafford Student Loan program, is available to graduate students. More than 100 graduate assistantships are offered to students each semester. Graduate assistantships provide a stipend of $2500 to $5000 for a nine-month appointment and waiver of tuition (including out-of-state tuition). International students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships.
On-campus housing is available but not guaranteed to graduate students. The Office of Off-Campus Student Housing keeps listings of apartments and rooms, many within walking distance of the campus. Students living off campus may take meals in the University dining facility. The 2003-04 room fees ranged from $1384 to $1509 per semester. Board charges ranged from $619 to $789 per semester depending on the meal plan chosen. All costs are subject to change.
How to Apply / Application
Application forms are available from the graduate school office at the address below. Students should submit an application for admission, a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and an official transcript of all undergraduate work. If courses were taken at more than one institution, a transcript is required from each institution attended. Applications must be submitted before July 31 for the fall semester and before December 15 for the spring semester.
Earlier submission for international students and for some programs is required. International students are required to submit TOEFL or ILETS scores and credential evaluation by World Education Services, Inc. Some programs require additional information for admission. Prospective students should visit the University's Web site at the address below for more information.
Who to Contact
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18301
• Dr. Jane Huffman, Program Graduate Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3716), firstname.lastname@example.org. Master of Science: thesis, nonthesis, nonresearch options. Master of Education: thesis, nonthesis, nonresearch options. Faculty areas of research include management of environmental resources, marine science, wildlife diseases/parasitology, animal behavior and migrating bird biology, protozoology, developmental biology of ferns/plant ecology, and molecular biology.
• Computer Science
• Professor Richard Amori, Program Graduate Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3779), email@example.com. Master of Science: research emphasis (highlights software engineering). Special interests of research include artificial intelligence, discrete algorithms, robotics, and expert systems.
• Education Leadership, Ed.D. Cooperative Degree
• Dr. Doug Lare, Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3431), dlare@firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Elementary Education
• Dr. Paula Kelberman, Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3365), email@example.com. Master of Education: thesis, project/portfolio, or extended programs options.
• Exercise Science, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Health and Physical Education
• Professor Shala Davis, Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3336), firstname.lastname@example.org. Master of Education: major in health and physical education or sport management. Master of Science: in physical education or cardiac rehabilitation and exercise science. Thesis, research project, and comprehensive examination options. Additional departmental application and admission required for CRES program.
• Health Sciences
• Dr. Kathy Hillman, Program Graduate Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3727), email@example.com. Master of Science with major in health education: research and nonresearch options.
• Dr. Larry Squeri, Department Chair/Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3284), firstname.lastname@example.org. Master of Arts: thesis required. Master of Education: thesis and nonthesis options.
• Instructional Technology
• Dr. Elzar Camper, Jr., Graduate Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3646), email@example.com. Master of Education in Instructional Technology. Instructional Technology Certificate (K-12). Prospective students should contact the department coordinator for details.
• Management and Leadership
• Dr. Robert Fleischman, Graduate Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3316), firstname.lastname@example.org. Tracts in hotel restaurant management, public administration, and sports management.
• Political Science
• Professor Merlyn Clarke, Department Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3286), email@example.com. Master of Arts: thesis required. Master of Education: thesis and nonthesis options.
• Public Health
• Dr. Lynn Woodhouse, M.P.H. Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3560), firstname.lastname@example.org. Master of Public Health with concentration in community health education. Program accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health. Internship option.
• Dr. Jesse Moore, Department Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3751), email@example.com. Master of Education: major in reading includes certification as a reading specialist. Certification as reading specialist also available without the M.Ed.
• Secondary Education
• Dr. Kathleen Foster, Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3373), firstname.lastname@example.org. Master of Education: area of concentration required. Extended study option with comprehensive exam or research problem option available. Principal certification program for elementary and/or secondary. Cooperative doctoral program/superintendent's letter of eligibility with Temple University. Teacher intern program for college graduates to enter teaching profession in a secondary school of Pennsylvania.
• Special Education
• Dr. Teri Burcroff, Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3559), email@example.com. Master of Education: major in special education. Thirty-six-credit or thesis program option for holders of special education teaching certificate. Nonspecial education certified 36-credit or 31-credit research options available. Special education supervisor advanced certificate also available. Behavioral Analysis certificate.
• Speech Pathology and Audiology
• Dr. Jane Page, Graduate Program Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3684), firstname.lastname@example.org. Master of Science: major in speech-language pathology. Forty-two credits and appropriate clinical practicum and comprehensive examination.
• Sports Management
• Dr. Robert Fleischman, Graduate Coordinator, (telephone: 570-422-3316), email@example.com.
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