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Instructional Coaching Endorsement 

The School of Education at Wilkes University and PLS Classes are pleased to offer a new PDE endorsement in Instructional Coaching

Instructional coaches bring evidence-based practices into the classroom or online learning environment by working with teachers and other school leaders.

The endorsement was developed in response to current research which shows a direct connection between educational environments that utilize instructional coaching and teachers’ effectiveness and job satisfaction. In addition, instructional coaching has been shown to have a positive influence over student’s academic and social success.

Requirements and Application Information:

  • Register for the endorsement through Wilkes University
  • Complete four courses (12 credit hours) through PLS Classes with 30 hours of embedded field experience.

Who should apply?

The endorsement is appropriate for administrators and teachers. It can exist as a stand-alone endorsement or a component of a Master’s in Education degree.

Course Information:

  • Instructional Coaching™ (ED 5406)
    An instructional coach is chiefly responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. In this course, you’ll focus on the coach’s role in classroom management, content enhancement, instruction, asking effective questions, and assessment for learning.
    > Register through PLS Classes.
  • Professional Learning for Teacher Effectiveness™ (ED 5407)
    In this course, you’ll navigate the Danielson Framework for Teaching as you explore methods and strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of your lesson design and instruction, the classroom environment, and your professional responsibilities.
    > Register through PLS Classes.

  • Using Assessment to Guide Instruction (ED 520)
    Using data-driven instruction to guide teaching and learning is critical in the attainment of student learning outcomes. In this course, you will learn to use assessment to plan, modify, and differentiate instruction, as well as to assess mastery of content and academic standards through the selection of appropriate content and the design of varied assessments to lead to the interpretation and application data from multiple assessment sources.
    > Register through Wilkes University.
  • Administrative Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (ED 523)
    The purpose of Administrative Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction is to familiarize future school administrators with the nature curriculum and the impact of national standards and the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System on the instructional program. In this final capstone course, you’ll learn the importance of the school leader in developing an organizational structure for curricular change to provide the most appropriate instructional environment for all students will be explored throughout the duration of the course.
    > Register through Wilkes University.

Why Instructional Coaching?

Watch and learn about instructional coaching with master educational consultant Steve Barkley.