PLS Classes

About PLS Self-Paced Online Courses

Your professional development. Your way.

The following online courses are self-paced, allowing you to work at your own pace with a dedicated facilitator. Courses are offered on a rolling basis year-round and can be completed in as little as 45 calendar days, or as many as 90 calendar days.

Our Self-Paced Courses

  • Building a Professional Network™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University, Drake University, Mercyhurst University, and Wilkes University.
    This course equips students with knowledge and skills to build a professional network. Topics include pedagogy resources, professional responsibilities, 21st-century networking tools, and ongoing professional growth to support classroom learning and achievement.
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  • Classroom Communication™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University.
    This course is designed for participants who wish to improve their skills and abilities related to effective classroom communication. Participants will explore ways to communicate clear directions and procedures and how to evaluate their effectiveness. They will also create and analyze instructional outcomes that represent high expectations and rigor.
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  • Content and Assessment™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University.
    In this course, participants will explore ways to engage students in collaborative learning, how to monitor student learning, the role of self-assessment and progress monitoring, and how authentic and performance assessment can improve content knowledge, learning, retention, and application.
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  • Creating an Effective Classroom Culture™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University.
    This course offers strategies to ensure that student choice, roles, expectations, reflection, resources, technology, and differentiation are each considered in student grouping within an environment founded upon respect and rapport for each individual learner.
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  • Effective and Responsive Teaching and Assessment™ (6 credits)

    Available through Mercyhurst University, and Wilkes University.
    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 with techniques to build a responsive collaborative classroom.
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  • Engaging 21st Century Learners to Promote Student Interaction™ (6 credits)

    Available through Mercyhurst University, and Wilkes University.
    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.
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  • Essential Classroom Strategies™ (6 credits)

    Available through Mercyhurst University, and Wilkes University.
    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 is also addressed.
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  • Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Achievement™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University.
    Effective teaching involves the thoughtful selection of instructional strategies based on student needs, subject matter, and the context of the lesson. Participants will examine ways that students may transfer learning as a result of classroom activities that are tightly aligned to instructional outcomes.
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  • Purposeful and Engaging Classroom Discussions™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University.
    In this course, participants will explore how to promote a safe learning environment where reflection, encouragement, peer review, and goal setting each has a role. Participants will also explore how to effectively use questioning to encourage students to ask questions and reflect on peer comments to deepen their understanding and real life applications. 
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  • Responsive Teaching and Equitable Practices™ (3 credits)

    Available through Andrews University.
    This course explores strategies for creating a classroom environment designed to support self-directed student learning and teacher-student collaboration with maximum instructional flexibility. Participants will become advocates for students, explore their role in educating families, and examine ways to form effective partnerships with students, teachers, and other stakeholders.
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Earn a Micro-Credential from the Academy for Educators

If you take any of these courses through Drake or Mercyhurst University you will also receive a micro-credential from the Academy for Educators. A certificate will be awarded to you upon course completion.