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Instructional Coach Endorsement

  • The Program

    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 endorsement program can be taken alone or as a part of the Master of Education curriculum.

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates for the Instructional Coach Endorsement must complete the following materials for consideration of acceptance for this endorsement program.

    • Application and $30 application fee made payable to Saint Francis  University
    • Two letters of professional recommendation
    • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required.
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed.
    • Copy of Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional I or Instructional II certificate with a minimum of three (3) years teaching experiences on the certificate. 

    Endorsement Course Requirements (12 credits)

    • EDUC515 Curriculum Development and Management
    • EDUC544 Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    • EDUC524 Foundations of Instructional Coaching
    • EDUC525 Instructional Coaching Practicum  (Prerequisite: EDUC524 Foundations of Instructional Coaching)
      View Academic Catalog for additional requirements 

    Certification Requirements

    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.