Wilkes University

Online Teaching

Earn your master's in education online with a focus on online teaching.

Wilkes University offers a Master of Science in Education with a major in Online Teaching with an embedded option for the Pennsylvania Online Instruction Endorsement. This 30-credit fully online program will develop your skills and knowledge in instructional design, effective assessment practices for online environments, building collaborative learning communities, and much more.

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Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Master's Degree Online 30

Why Study Online Teaching at Wilkes?

Online and blended learning have transformed education by increasing access, delivering technology-infused content, and providing a student-centered approach to learning.

Educators in both K-12 and higher education environments have found themselves in need of essential training and skills to achieve learning outcomes in an online environment. Our master's in teaching online prepares educators to serve the needs of diverse learners through innovative online teaching strategies. 

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What Will You Learn as an Online Teaching Student?

  • You’ll learn how to design online learning environments and communicate effectively with online students.
  • You’ll explore how to implement online learning activities that engage diverse learners
  • You’ll gain essential skills to integrate instructional design models and emerging technologies in online coursework.
  • You’ll promote social and ethical responsibility in online and blended classrooms.
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Program Highlights

Accelerated Online Courses

Our program is offered completely online with two sessions in each fall, spring, and summer semester. Courses are seven and eights weeks in length, meaning you can complete two courses each semester while focusing on one course at a time.

Choose Your Outcome

The master's and endorsement are offered in partnership with PLS 3rd Learning.  Students may choose to complete the master's only (30 credits); the master's with embedded option for endorsement (30 credits); or the endorsement only (12 credits). All pathways give you the opportunity to learn from experts in online instruction.

Prepare for Change

From cyber snow days to pivoting to online instruction during a crisis, educators have been faced with tremendous challenges. Our master's degree in education prepares you to adapt and respond to the changing needs of students and districts alike.

Tuition & Aid

Graduate education tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is $538 per credit, or $1,614 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 often pursue careers in districts, cyber schools, community colleges, or universities where they can apply their skills to online learning environments. Having advanced training in online instruction can also lead to positions in teacher training, instructional coaching, curriculum development, or content writing for professional organizations.  

Employers: Western Wayne School District, Parkland School District, Wallenpaupack Area School District, Misericordia University, Marywood University, Luzerne County Community College, Agora Cyber Charter School, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20

Job Titles: Curriculum Director, Director of District Cyber School Division, Online Instruction Coach, Online Instructor, Teacher Trainer, Online Content Writer, Online Teacher

Pennsylvania Online Instruction Endorsement

Wilkes is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer the Online Instruction Endorsement. The endorsement consists of 12 credits culminating in 20 hours of field experience. It is offered as a standalone option or an embedded part of the Online Teaching degree program. Candidates interested in the endorsement must hold a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate.

Students interested in the endorsement only option must apply to Wilkes but would do so as non-degree/ graduate certificate status. Students applying for the endorsement only option must submit official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of their Pennsylvania Level I or II teaching certificate.

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