PLS Classes

M.S. in Effective Teaching through Wilkes University

Elevate your teaching career with the online master’s degree in Effective Teaching. Designed for classroom educators, this unique degree teaches the advanced skills needed to engage students and improve your classroom practice. This program requires the completion of 30 credits. Twenty-one (21) of the thirty (30) credits are offered through Wilkes Universities partnership with PLS 3rd Learning. The PLS courses consist of either four (4) facilitated self-paced courses, or three (3) facilitated self-paced courses with the addition of two (2) facilitated cohort classes.

Course Options and Requirements:

Required Courses:

  • ED 525 Introduction to Educational Research (3 credits, Wilkes, Facilitated Cohort)
  • ED 539 Advanced Studies in Teaching & Learning (capstone) (3 credits, Wilkes, Facilitated Cohort)
  • ED 5026 Engaging 21st Century Learners to Promote Student Interaction (6 credits, PLS, Facilitated Self-Paced)
  • ED 5027 Effective and Responsive Teaching and Assessment (6 credits, PLS, Facilitated Self-Paced)
  • ED 5028 Building a Professional Network (3 credits, PLS, Facilitated Self-Paced)

Choose One:

  • ED 510 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits, Wilkes, Facilitated Cohort)
  • ED 511 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits, Wilkes, Facilitated Cohort)
  • ED 513 Comparative Foundations of Education (3 credits, Wilkes, Facilitated Cohort)
  • ED 515 Cognition (3 credits, Wilkes, Facilitated Cohort)

Choose 6 Credits:

  • ED 5029 Essential Classroom Strategies (6 credits, PLS, Facilitated Self-Paced)

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  • ED 5030 Instructional Design for Online Educators™ (3 credits, PLS, Facilitated Cohort)
  • ED 5031 Facilitating Online Learning Communities™ (3 credits, PLS, Facilitated Cohort)

Download the M.S. in Effective Teaching Checklist to organize and track program requirements. To learn more about the PLS 3rd Learning course options and to register, please review the information below. To learn more about the Effective Teaching program, click here.

Fully-Facilitated, Online Self-Paced Courses

Each the following online courses is self-paced, allowing you to work at your own pace with a dedicated facilitator. Courses are offered on a rolling basis year-round inclusive of Wilkes University’s semesters and must be completed in 45 or 90 calendar days. The final grade for the course will be submitted on the end date (i.e. the 45th or 90th day) of the course, not immediately upon submission and scoring of the final assignment.

To register for one of the following self-paced courses, please use our MSET registration form, or call (866) 757-2527.

ED 5026 Engaging 21st Century Learners to Promote Student Interaction (Required)

6 credits; $2,100; 90 calendar days
This course examines interactive strategies designed to engage 21st century learners through research-based practices. Through the use of questioning, grouping, and technology, students will learn techniques to build a student-centered classroom. To register click here or call (866) 757-2527.

ED 5027 Effective and Responsive Teaching and Assessment (Required)

6 credits; $2,100; 90 calendar days
This course examines interactive strategies designed to engage 21st century learners through effective and responsive teaching with assessments. Through the use of explaining, instructing, and assessing, students will be provided techniques to build a responsive collaborative classroom. To register click here or call (866) 757-2527.

ED 5028 Building a Professional Network (Required)

3 credits; $1,050; 45 calendar days
This course equips students with knowledge and skills to build a professional network. Topics will include pedagogy resources, professional responsibilities, 21st century networking tools, and ongoing professional growth to support classroom learning and achievement. To register click here or call (866) 757-2527.

ED 5029 Essential Classroom Strategies (Optional)

6 credits; $2,100; 90 calendar days
This course develops skills in core classroom teacher competencies including: planning, communicating, managing, and assessing student learning. The key role of critical reflection as it relates to practice and the importance of developing a learning community will also be addressed. To register click here or call (866) 757-2527.

Fully-Facilitated, Online Cohort Courses

Fully-facilitated online cohort courses follow our traditional online course model, and offer a specified start and end date. To register for one of the following cohort courses, please use the registration links below, or call (866) 757-2527. To complete the program you will need to take both courses listed below, or ED 5029 Essential Classroom Strategies listed in the facilitated self-paced section of the page.

Instructional Design for Online Educators™ Online (Optional)

Analyze instructional design theories and approaches in the e-learning environment. Apply the basics of instructional design, discover philosophies of e-learning, and explore multimedia, interaction, and delivery tools for online courses. Learn more and register…

Facilitating Online Learning Communities™ Online (Optional)

Discover and practice the skills of effective online facilitation necessary to nurture a successful online learning community, manage myriad facilitator roles, and communicate positively and effectively. Learn more and register…