The Instructional Coach Endorsement is one method of professional development that has shown potential to improve the knowledge, skills and practices of teachers, thus enhancing student achievement. Instructional coaching as a professional development activity involves a highly skilled professional (the coach) working with other professionals (the teachers) in a collegial manner to raise instructional practice to the highest possible level. Coaching promotes teacher growth and problem solving. It should provide consistent support to teachers as they work to improve practice based on collaboration, inquiry and consultative feedback from the coach. Coaches will lead teachers in reflective and inquiry-based professional development that advances collective leadership, continuous improvement of instructional practices and improved student achievement. (from the PDE guidelines)
Candidates in this endorsement program will have to complete 45 hours of field experiences. This 12 credit, PDE approved endorsment program can be taken alone or as a part of the Master of Education curriculum.
Candidates for the Instructional Coach Endorsement must complete the following materials for consideration of acceptance for this endorsement program.
EDUC515 Curriculum Development and ManagementEDUC544 Assessment and Evaluation in EducationEDUC524 Foundations of Instructional CoachingEDUC525 Instructional Coaching Practicum (Prerequisite: EDUC524 Foundations of Instructional Coaching)
Students must have completed all requirements of the endorsement program prior to completing the TIMS online application for endorsement approval. There is a fee to add this endorsement to an already existing Instructional certificate.
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