Wilkes University

Effective Teaching Program

Engage today's students -- worldwide.

Elevate your teaching career with the online master's degree in Effective Teaching. Designed specifically for classroom educators, this unique degree teaches the advanced skills needed to engage students and improve your practice.

Create effective, engaging and responsive learning environments by blending current pedagogy, theory and practice with instructional design methods and 21st-century strategies to help your students thrive.

Learn how to:

  • Apply educational theory and research to classroom practice
  • Implement effective classroom management and assessment strategies
  • Engage 21st-century learners through evidenced-based teaching techniques
  • Create lessons that reflect student interests and accommodate diverse learners

The program teaches advanced skills needed to engage students and improve classroom practice for new or veteran teachers. Coursework is aligned with the Danielson and Marzano teacher frameworks in order to provide curriculum that is in line with these widely adopted models for effective teaching.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be currently employed in a school setting.  A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. Applicants must also submit:

  • An online application
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Two professional recommendations

International applicants should also submit a WES evaluation of their undergraduate transcripts and a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.


The program requires 30 credits. It includes up to 21 credits of self-paced PLS 3rd Learning coursework with a dedicated facilitator. Courses are aligned with InTASC teaching standards adapted for domestic and international educators.

Foundations of Education
Required courses:
ED 525 Introduction to Educational Research (3 credits)
ED 539 Advanced Studies in Teaching & Learning (capstone – 3 credits)

Choose one:
ED 510 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 511 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 513 Comparative Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 515 Cognition (3 credits)

21st Century Teaching Practice
Required courses:
ED 5026 Engaging 21st Century Learners to Promote Student Interaction (6 credits)
ED 5027 Effective and Responsive Teaching and Assessment (6 credits)
ED 5028 Building a Professional Network (3 credits)

Choose 6 credits:
ED 5029 Essential Classroom Strategies (6 credits)
ED 5030 Instructional Design for Online Educators (3 credits)
ED 5031 Facilitating Online Learning Communities (3 credits)

To help keep track of program requirements, you can download a pdf-formatted M.S. in Effective Teaching Checklist.

Registering for Partner Courses

Wilkes University is partnered with PLS 3rd Learning for this degree program.  Register for PLS 3rd Learning courses at www.plsclasses.com or by calling (866) 757-2527.