Instructional Coaching Endorsement

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

The program is designed in response to current research showing the positive impact of instructional coaching practices on educational environments. Effective instructional coaching can improve teachers’ effectiveness and job satisfaction, as well as student academic and social success.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Letter of Endorsement Online 12

Why Study Instructional Coaching at Wilkes?

Coaching is fiscally responsible because it is personalized to meet the needs of faculty on an ongoing basis. Coaching can also foster ideal environments for positive school reform by encouraging collaborative rather than supervisory support to teachers. By creating a culture of mentorship, responsive and data-driven pedagogy, and continuous improvement in the classroom, instructional coaches play an important role in the future of education.

Be a part of this change by enrolling in the Instructional Coaching endorsement program from Wilkes University and PLS 3rd Learning.

What Will You Learn as an Instructional Coaching Student?

  • You’ll learn how to strengthen the culture of teaching and learning in your school or district.
  • You’ll explore how to develop an organizational structure for curricular change and an organizational vision around personalized student success.
  • You’ll transfer knowledge to encourage standards-based reform while using data-driven instruction to guide teaching and learning outcomes.
  • You’ll discover how to support other educators with practical strategies for classroom management, content enhancement, instruction, and assessment.
  • You’ll craft collaborative action plans for improving teacher practice while enhancing expertise and performance.


Program Highlights

Convenient Online Learning

The 12-credit, four-course program is offered in a convenient online format with 30 hours of field experience completed where you reside.

Become an Instructional Coach

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this endorsement gives you the skills to become an instructional coach in your school or district. Upon successful completion, Pennsylvania educators can apply to add the Instructional Coaching endorsement to their teaching certificate.

Apply Credits to Earn Your Master's

Courses in the Instructional Coaching endorsement can be applied to the online master’s degree in Educational Development and Strategies. In this 30-credit degree, proven classroom strategies are blended with educational theory and research to give practicing teachers like you the skills needed to improve student performance.

Why Instructional Coaching?

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

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Tuition & Aid

Tuition for graduate programs in education for the 2023-24 academic year is $554 per credit, or $1,662 per course. Deferment is available for employers who reimburse tuition and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of our program are well prepared to advance their careers as teachers within their respective K-12 districts or explore new pathways while serving as instructional coaches. With extensive knowledge of teaching best practices, you’ll be able to assist in projects ranging from curriculum development to instructional training for other educators.

Job Titles: Instruction Specialist, Instructional Coach

Additional Information

Students must register for courses denoted (W) through Wilkes University and (PLS) though PLS 3rd Learning.

ED 5406 Instructional Coaching™ (PLS)
ED 5407 Professional Learning for Teacher Effectiveness™ (PLS)
ED 520 Using Assessment to Guide Instruction (W)
ED 523 Administrative Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (W)

Register for PLS 3rd Learning courses at or by calling (866) 757-2527. Wilkes students should select courses noted with a "W" on the PLS course schedule.