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Archdiocese of Dubuque Professional Learning Series (PLS) for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students only taking professional development courses offered through the Archdiocese of Dubuque Professional Learning Series (PLS) may apply or register as non-degree-seeking students if they do not wish to pursue a full Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree.


Note: Please complete this application form if you are a new non-degree-seeking student OR if you have not enrolled at Clarke in the past year. Since this is not a degree-seeking pathway, students will not qualify for financial aid.

Psychology Major students in class learning at Clarke University


Current non-degree Archdiocese of Dubuque PLS students who have been enrolled at Clarke within the past year may register for courses through the Graduate Education Course Registration form.

New non-degree Archdiocese of Dubuque PLS students (or students who have not enrolled at Clarke for over a year) will register on the Non-Degree Application Form.

Courses Offered

Fall 2021


EDGR-506-1 Tech for Teaching & Learning 08/23/21 – 12/09/21 (3 credits)

EDGR-510-2 Teacher As Leader 08/23/21 – 12/09/21 (3 credits)

EDGR-553-1 Prof’l Dev. Research Seminar 08/23/21 – 12/09/21 (2 credits)

EDGR-580-1 Exploring the Shifts in Social Studies Instruction 08/23/21 – 12/09/21 (3 credits)


Spring 2022


EDGR-526-1 Prin. of Effective Literacy Instruction 01/18/22 – 05/12/22 (3 credits)

EDGR-527-1 Inclusive Practices in Education 01/18/22 – 05/12/22 (3 credits)

EDGR-528-1 Prof. Development Applications 01/18/22 – 05/12/22 (1 credit)

Those interested in this endorsement should email for additional information.

Returning After Absence

Students who have previously taken courses through Clarke University as a PLS non-degree student but who have not enrolled at Clarke in the past year must re-submit the Non-Degree Application. Returning non-degree PLS students who have been enrolled at Clarke within the past year may register for courses through the Graduate Education Course Registration form. Please contact if you have any questions about the non-degree-seeking application or registration process.

Adding/Dropping Courses

Add/Drop/Withdrawal deadlines are located on the Academic Calendar for fall/spring semesters. Summer add/drop/withdrawal deadlines are listed here. If you need to add or drop courses before the add deadline, please email to request the add/drop. After the add deadline, please submit an Add/Drop Form or a Withdrawal from Course Form on the Registrar’s Forms Page.


Your bill will be sent to your home address around the time that your course(s) starts. Upon receiving your bill, you may mail a check to Clarke University Student Accounts (1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52001), or you may call Student Accounts at 563-588-6699 to pay over the phone. As a non-degree-seeking student, you will not be able to pay your bill through MyInfo. If you have any questions about billing, please contact

Applying to the MAE Program

If you would like to apply for Clarke’s Master’s of Arts in Education (MAE) program, please click here  for application instructions. You can apply to begin your degree program in the summer, fall or spring, and you will have up to seven years after you first begin the MAE program to complete your degree. You can put the credits you’ve already earned through the PLS program as a non-degree-seeking student toward your MAE degree! For any questions related to applying to the MAE program at Clarke, please contact