The College of Graduate Studies now offers two 12-credit, fully online Endorsements in Coaching. These endorsements, Instructional Coaching and Mathematics Coaching, which are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are added to existing Level I or Level II certifications, and are based on current Pennsylvania Standards-Aligned Curriculum.
A survey of area superintendents indicated that Endorsements in Coaching are highly valued credentials, which can provide educators with more marketability in the public school system and which are an indicator of a highly qualified educator.
Instructional Coaching and Mathematics Coaching represent sound, job-embedded professional development that has the potential to improve instructional practice and, ultimately, student achievement. Coaching is ongoing, classroom-based and personalized for each teacher. It provides consistent support to teachers as they work to improve practice based on collaboration, inquiry and consultative feedback from the coach.