Wilkes University has partnered with PLS 3rd Learning to offer the degree in Online Teaching. 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.
Wilkes and PLS 3rd Learning have a long history of successful collaboration for graduate courses and programs. This program is an extension of that success and our commitment to serve students’ needs. You can expect the best from this relationship and this program.
Courses and programs in all subject areas and career fields are becoming available online. This program will provide best practices for:
designing online instruction,
teaching previously developed courses,
designing and implementing meaningful assessments for the online classroom,
incorporating the latest in technology tools appropriate for online learning, and
integrating primary resources in the online environment.
The program equips the participant with skills to perform these functions for their current or future employers.
Students who complete the degree will be qualified to design, develop and instruct online courses for a wide variety of educational settings including K-12 and higher education.
For admission to this graduate program, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an appropriate major, preferably in an educational field. Official transcripts and two letters of recommendation are required for consideration for admission to the program. Interested students should follow the process as outlined under the admission process link at left.
In addition, interested students who do not want to complete the degree may take some courses as a non-degree seeking student. These students must apply to Wilkes but would do so as non-degree status. Follow non-degree applicant directions under the admission process link at left.
Taking Online Courses
The online course management system is easy to use and allows interaction with instructors and classmates. Students are sent information prior to the start of class on how to access the secure course site. Students log in to obtain information on objectives, course content, assignments and due dates, and to participate in online discussions, e-mail and chats with other course participants and the instructor. Courses are structured into units or learning modules, with most having a discussion and assessment components with set due dates.
High-speed Internet access is preferred but not necessary for this program, which requires a multimedia-capable computer and a standard Microsoft Office software package.
Basic skills required
Participants should be proficient with using productivity tools, such as word-processing, presentation software, web browser, email, etc. as well as have a firm grasp of their operating system (Windows or Mac).