Wilkes University

Online Teaching with Pennsylvania Online Instruction Endorsement

Online Teaching with Pennsylvania Online Instruction Endorsement

Wilkes University has partnered with PLS 3rd Learning to offer the degree in Online Teaching with 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.

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

Learn how to:

  • design online learning environments
  • communicate effectively with online students
  • implement online learning activities that engage diverse learners
  • integrate instructional design models and emerging technologies in online coursework
  • promote social and ethical responsibility in online and blended classrooms.

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. 

Accelerated courses

Courses are 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.

Program of study

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). Courses for the endorsement only option are indicated by an asterisk.

  • *ED 521 Using Technology for Assessment (Wilkes)
  • ED 530 Utilizing Emerging Technologies to Improve Learning (Wilkes)
  • *ED 5030 Instructional Design for Online Educators™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
  • *ED 5031 Facilitating Online Learning Communities™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
  • *ED 5032 Online Teaching for Pennsylvania Educators- with 20 hours field experience (Wilkes; Prerequisites: ED 521, ED 5030, ED 5031)
    ED 5033 Social & Ethical Issues in Online Learning (Wilkes; for students not seeking the PA Online Instruction Endorsement)
  • ED 5034 Action Research in the E-Learning Environment™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
  • ED 5035 Blended and Synchronous Learning Environments™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
  • ED 5036 Building Online Collaborative Environments™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
  • ED 5037 Developing Online Programs (Wilkes)
  • ED 5038 Teaching and Learning in the Online Environment (Wilkes; To be taken last by all students in degree program)

*Required for the Pennsylvania Online Instruction Endorsement.

To help keep track of the program requirements
you can download a pdf-formatted M.S. in Online Teaching Checklist or PA Online Instruction Endorsement Only Checklist.

Students admitted before Fall 2015 may refer to this checklist: Pre-Fall 2015 Checklist

To help with the transition to the revised program, students admitted before Fall 2015 may refer to this guide: Online Teaching Transition Guide

Admissions requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with appropriate major, preferably in an educational field
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of Pennsylvania Level I or II teaching certificate (if seeking the Pa. Online Instruction Endorsement)

Interested students should follow the process as outlined under the admission process link at left.
Students who do not want to complete the degree may take some courses as a non-degree seeking student or apply for the endorsement only option. These students must apply to Wilkes but would do so as non-degree/ graduate certificate status. Follow non-degree applicant directions under the admission process link at left. 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.


Wilkes and PLS 3rd Learning, each have their own, separate registration procedures. Within the program of study, courses designated as "Wilkes" in parentheses follow standard Wilkes University registration procedures detailed at the Registration link on the right of this page.  Courses designated as "PLS 3rd Learning" in parentheses require registration and payment through PLS 3rd Learning.  To register or make payments for PLS 3rd Learning courses, please go to www.plsclasses.com or call 866-PLS-CLAS.  Students must first apply to Wilkes in order to register for any courses.