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Online Teaching Requirements

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Program Requirements

The 30-credit program consists of six required courses and four elective courses. After completing the required courses, students then select two courses from elective bank 1 and the remaining two courses from elective bank 2 in order to specialize in areas or topics of most interest to them.

Course descriptions are listed at the bottom of this page.

To help keep track of the program requirements
you can download a pdf-formatted Online Teaching Checklist. If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to open this document you can download a free one from the company's website.

Required: 18 credits

ED 520     Using Assessment to Guide Instruction (Wilkes)
ED 530     Utilizing Emerging Technologies to Support Education (Wilkes)
ED 5001   Social & Ethical Issues in Distance Learning (Wilkes)
ED 5002   Instructional Design for Online Educators™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
ED 5003   Facilitating Online Learning Communities™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
ED 5004   Action Research in the E-Learning Environment™ (PLS 3rd Learning; offered only in fall and spring semesters)

Wilkes Elective Bank: 2 courses (6 credits) required from this list:

ED 579     Media Design (Wilkes)
ED 5010   Teaching 3-D: Virtual Classroom Environments (Wilkes)
ED 5011   Digital Video in Instructional Design and Delivery (Wilkes)
ED 5012   Trends and Innovations in Instructional Technology (Wilkes)
*ED 569     Teaching Diverse Learners Using Inclusive Classroom Practices (Wilkes)
*ED 5400   SAS for Pennsylvania Educators (Wilkes)  
*ED 569 and ED 5400 can be used by PA Educators who need the Inclusive Classroooms/SAS courses to move to Level II.

For more information on this requirement, view FAQ #17 at:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/commonly_asked_questions/8628/about_level_ii_certification

PLS 3rd Learning  Elective Bank: 2 courses (6 credits) required from this list:

ED 5020    Using Online Resources to Bring Primary Sources to the Classroom™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
ED 5021    Blended and Synchronous Learning Environments™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
ED 5022    Simulations and Gaming Technologies for the Classroom™ (PLS 3rd Learning)
ED 5023    Building Online Collaborative Environments™ ((PLS 3rd Learning)
ED 5024    Educating the Net-Generation™(PLS 3rd Learning)

Schedule

Courses are offered in two short sessions in each fall, spring, and summer semester. Wilkes courses are seven weeks and PLS 3rd Learning courses are offered in eight week sessions. Students may complete two courses each semester while focusing on one course at a time.

Registration

Wilkes and PLS 3rd Learning, each have their own separate registration procedure. Courses indicate the “owner” of the course in parentheses at the end of the title. Students must follow the registration process outlined by the owner to register for that course. Students must first apply to Wilkes in order to register for any courses.

If registration is open for the next semester or session, students may register. Directions for registering for Wilkes courses are at the registration link at the left of this page. First-time students please note the course registration number (CRN) of the Wilkes graduate course you would like to enroll in before you apply online. You will be given an immediate opportunity to register for a course as soon as you submit your online application. You can find the CRN on the current graduate education schedule listed under the Related Resources on the upper right of this page.

To register for a PLS 3rd Learning course or view their course schedule, you can contact the PLS 3rd Learning office directly at 1-866-757-2527 or visit the PLS 3rd Learning website.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six graduate credits completed at another accredited institution may be used toward the MS degree. You must have completed the courses within 6 years prior to the date of admission to Wilkes University and have received a grade of B (3.0) or better. Official transcripts are required. Courses must match those in the existing curriculum. Students should follow the process described in the "Transfer Credit Info" link at left to request review of credits. 

Course Descriptions 

Required Courses

ED 520 Using Assessment to Guide Instruction (Wilkes) 3 credits
Students will examine various assessment strategies and current methods of assessment through the study of theory and effective practices in assessment translated into design. The analysis of disaggregated student data to implement effective change in teaching and assessment practices will be explored. Research based strategies for the assessment and instruction of diverse learners will be examined.  

ED 530 Utilizing Emerging Technologies to Support Education
(Wilkes)  3 credits
This course is designed to help students understand different key learning theories and their effective use in the design of accessible learning activities. Students will apply learning theory principles to develop model lessons using emerging technologies. Students will also identify appropriate strategies and technologies to support equitable access and diverse learning styles. Using technology to accomplish data-driven decision-making will be explored.

ED 5001 Social & Ethical Issues in Distance Learning  (Wilkes) 3 credits
This course will lead students through the historical development of online and other forms of distance education and the associated ethical and social issues that have accompanied them. Students will examine issues from multiple perspectives and formulate position statements that can be translated into policy and practice in educational settings.

ED 5002 Instructional Design for Online Educators ™  (PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will explore instructional design theories and approaches in the e-learning environment in order to understand the basics of instructional design and philosophies of e-learning, as well as gain experience with online delivery and interaction techniques and tools.

ED 5003 Facilitating Online Learning Communities ™  (PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will experience the strategies and best practices of successful online facilitation in order to engage diverse learners, support various learning styles, and handle conflict constructively. This course will focus on the practice of skills necessary to nurture a successful online learning community, manage myriad facilitator roles, and communicate positively and effectively.

ED 5004 Action Research in the eLearning Environment ™
  (PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will employ online data collection techniques, interpret the data to affect change in the online classroom, and develop a research plan that integrates and makes effective use of e-learning technology.

Wilkes Elective Bank

ED 5010 Teaching 3-D in a Virtual Environment (Wilkes) 3 credits
Students will explore a variety of 3D virtual worlds, including those designed for children, adolescent, and adult learners. Students will examine research and theory about 3-D and virtual learning and their pedagogical implications, as well as explore the social, interpersonal, cultural, instructional, and technical implications of virtual environments.

ED 579 Media Design   (Wilkes)  3 credits
This course is designed to give specific and realistic examples of how different types of media and instructional technology can complement each other in the computer age classroom. Emphasis will be given to the design and production of instructional materials using text, video, audio, and computer-based and photographic formats for use in both distance learning and traditional classrooms.

ED 5011 Digital Video in Instructional Design and Delivery  (Wilkes) 3 credits
The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to apply instructional design principles to video production. Instructional strategies for higher order learning will be incorporated into video lessons created by students. Essential camera and editing techniques will be experienced as part of the course.

ED 5012 Trends and Innovations in Instructional Technology
  (Wilkes)  3 credits
Students will explore the implications of current trends and possible innovations in technology related to online teaching and learning. Factors that are likely to affect the future of instructional technology will be examined, including developments of newer technologies, contributions of key leaders, and the effects of social, political, and economic changes on online learning. The value of technology in the improvement and accessibility of education will be explored both now and into the future.

ED 569 Teaching Diverse Learners using Inclusive Classroom Practices (Wilkes) 3 credits
This course will focus on co-teaching models and differentiated instruction and enable teachers to effectively apply previous learning of content and pedagogy in an inclusive classroom environment to meet the needs of diverse learners.

ED 5400 SAS FOR PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATORS (Wilkes) 3 credits
This course examines the six components of a Standards Aligned System (SAS) and provides methods for implementing SAS to enhance student learning, engagement, and achievement. It also explores ways to use SAS to help students develop the critical thinking, collaboration, innovation, and creativity skills that will equip them for lifelong learning.

PLS 3rd Learning Elective Bank

ED 5020 Using Online Resources to Bring Primary Sources to the Classroom™(PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will learn how to access and analyze primary sources, explore classroom applications, and develop authentic, engaging learning experiences for students. The course will enable students to discover how digital primary source archives can enhance and improve student learning.

ED 5021 Blended and Synchronous Learning Design™
(PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
This course focuses on two different formats for online learning environments: blended and synchronous. Students will define these environments, understand the development process each one requires, and conclude with considerations for implementing each.

ED 5022 Simulations and Gaming Technologies for the Classroom™ (PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will examine contemporary gaming technologies, their pedagogical models, and how they may be used for learning. Students will critically evaluate learning games to determine how they relate to academic content and standards and identify how particular game mechanics appeal to diverse learners.

ED 5023 Building Online Collaborative Environments™ (PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will experience the Web as a means of constructing new knowledge through conversation, networking, and collaboration. This course focuses on currently-available tools, such as blogs, podcasts, and wikis, and their utilization for learner engagement in research, writing, and learning.

ED 5024 Educating the Net-Generation™  (PLS 3rd Learning) 3 credits
Students will explore the learning styles, expectations, and technical acumen of the Net-Generation and identify this generation’s key educational and cultural influences then create pedagogy which meets their needs. Students will apply innovative techniques that today’s generation values, including advances in technology, a team approach, and social networking.

 

 

 

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