Instructional Coaching Endorsement

PDE Endorsement in Instructional Coaching Through Wilkes University

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

The PDE instructional coaching 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.

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.

Requirements and Application Information:

  1. Register for the endorsement through Wilkes University
  2. Complete the four courses (12 credit hours) listed below which includes 30 hours of embedded field experience.

Instructional Coaching™ (ED 5406)

3 Credits

Focus on the coach’s role in classroom management, content enhancement, instruction, asking effective questions, and assessment for learning

Professional Learning for Teacher Effectiveness™ (ED 5407)

3 Credits

Explore the Danielson Framework for Teaching as you find methods and strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of your lesson design and instruction, the classroom environment, and your professional responsibilities.

Using Assessment to Guide Instruction (ED 520)

3 Credits

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.

Administrative Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (ED 523)

3 Credits

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. This will be explored throughout the duration of the course.

Why Instructional Coaching?

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