School Leadership

Instructional Coaching Endorsement

Instructional coaching is widely considered a promising strategy for improving teacher quality and student achievement. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has recently created a 12-credit Instructional Coaching Endorsement Certificate.  The Program Endorsement is intended to improve a teacher’s skills in dealing with complex classroom settings. These endorsements would be added to existing Level I or Level II Certificates The Instructional Coaching Endorsement Certificate Program is offered in a blended format and generally takes three semesters to complete. The courses meet every other week during the semester with additional interaction required online or through projects conducted in the student's school setting. 

The Instructional Coaching Endorsement is also offered as a component of the Teacher Leadership master's program.

Program Goals

Certificate candidates who complete the program, will:

  • analyze their own practice and develop an increased sense of self-efficacy related to their teaching;
  • learn to critique the practice of other teachers;
  • observe and reflect on effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques;
  • learn how to respond constructively to feedback;
  • communicate effectively with peers and administrators about their work;
  • evaluate different types of feedback and learn what kind of feedback brings about change;
  • learn to tailor feedback to the individual and specific groups;
  • identify resources for teachers and communicate about those resources to administrators and peers
  • become familiar with research on teacher effectiveness and teacher quality and use that research to guide new practice.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 12 hours of graduate-level instruction, including

Program Overview
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDAD 5201 Action and Collaborative Research Seminar 3
EDAD 5301 Leadership for Learning 3
EDAD 5513 Fostering Professional Development: Coaching and Mentoring 3
EDUC 5321 Instructional Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3
Total Credit Hours 12


How to Apply

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