PDE 400 is a Professional Development Experience with an online course component. All undergraduate students (except Nursing & Education students) must earn at least 1 credit of PDE 400 in order to graduate. Students should speak with their academic advisor in the second semester of their sophomore year about PDE 400.
To register for PDE 400, the student must complete the application process (instructions are included in the section below).
A student is eligible to apply for PDE 400 once they have reached 60 credit hours?
To allow adequate time for the processing and approval process, the CCD needs to receive applications approximately 4 days prior to the add/drop deadline of each semester. The deadlines are updated on applications at the start of each semester.
Over the past year students have completed experiences at site locations including: Blue Bird Corporation, United Way of Central Georgia, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, Georgia Women, The Bibb County Victim-Witness Assistance Program, the Macon Mayhem, the 567 Center for Renewal, and many others. Additionally, students have held internships, teaching assistant positions, or research assistant positions with on-campus departments such as the Willet Library, the Psychology Department, the Center for Career Development, and the Athletics Department.
In order for your project to be both part of your scholarship and count as the PDE 400, you must add an additional component to the project. For example, if the original project was to perform a lab experiment and synthesize that information, a possible addition for PDE 400 may be creating an additional way of analyzing the information and disseminating your findings to an audience. You may contact the CCD to discuss possible ways of incorporating a new project component.
Contact Helena Xia (email@example.com) and Ivy Word (firstname.lastname@example.org). They will work with you to complete the necessary work authorization paperwork (Curricular Practical Training paperwork). Your academic advisor will be asked to complete a form describing how the internship is an integral part of the student’s curriculum, and the course number/credit load the student will be enrolled in.
The “12 credits” indicates the total number of academic credits students may receive for experiential learning during their time at Wesleyan College. The student is only required to complete 1 credit hour of PDE 400 to satisfy the graduation requirement.
The CCD promotes internships via Purple Briefcase, and provides resources and personalized coaching sessions on topics including:
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