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Lake Erie College/ Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

Wrap-Around Course Program

Lake Erie College (LEC Wrap-Around Courses are "customized" courses created around professional development (PD) activities conducted at the school district, school building, or individual level.  The foundations of many of the courses originate with professional work conducted during all-day PD experiences at the district level and/or the year-long work of professional learning communities.  Wrap-Around options include:

  1. Wrap-Arounds
  2. Independent Study


  1. $140 per graduate semester hour;
  2. $126 per graduate semester hour for permanent, full-time staff of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Districts, ESC employees, and Lake Erie College alumni. 

Minimum class-time requirements:

  1. 15 seat/work hours for one semester hour;
  2. 30 hours for two semester hours; and,
  3. 45 hours for 3 semester hours.

Grading: Pass/Fail 

"Homework" required for credit

  1. a log documenting the number of hours put in completing the coursework
  2. a minimum of three pages of reflection on what was learned from the experience, and
  3. a "product" created for application in the classroom, building, and/or district.  

General Procedure for the Wrap-Around Program:

  1. Provide course information to the ESC contact person (Mary Balmford), Title course description & Objectives, Starting and ending dates, number of credit hours to be earned, approximate number of enrollees in the program.
  2. ESC of the Western Reserve representative prepares the course proposal and submits it to Lake Erie College.
  3. Lake Erie College approves the course, creates the course and issues a course number.
  4. ESC of the Western Reserve/LEC provides on-line registration information
  5. Interested professionals register and pay tuition.
  6. Course is completed when "homework" is turned in by pre-determined deadline.
  7.        Instructor of Record (Mary Balmford) grades the homework "pass/fail."
  8. Grade is posted on LEC portal. 
  9. LEC mails official transcript to home address within one business week of grade posting for those who completed the course requirements and earned a passing grade.  

Independent Study Option:

ED 7222 W-ESC of the Western Reserve 1 semester hour $140

ED 7333 W-ESC of the Western Reserve 2 semester hours $280

ED 7444 W-ESC of the Western Reserve 3 semester hours $420


Independent Study proposal website: Link to Independent Study Wraparound Proposal


Spring 2020 Dates:

Independent Study Course Proposal Due to LEC: March 31, 2020

Course Project due to Mary Balmford, [email protected]: May 1, 2020 

Contact Information
Resident Educator & Wraparounds:
Mary Balmford, [email protected]
Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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