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Endorsements, Certifications and Specialization Programs

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National Board Certification is a collaboration with
East Stroudsburg University and Colonial IU 20.
Educators will submit four components that if successfully passed, will lead to certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
This collaboration allows educators to earn CPE or ESU graduate credits while getting support in preparing for National Board Certification. Educators will also receive financial support towards the National Board Certification application fee. Through this partnership, educators can opt to enroll in these preparatory courses for CIU 20 CPE credit or ESU graduate credit in order to support them in the process of submitting and passing each of the four components of the National Board Certification. Offering these two options creates flexibility for educators.

What is National Board Certification? National Board Teacher Certification is an advanced teaching credential that complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is a voluntary assessment program designed to identify great teachers and make them better.

How Do I Achieve and Maintain Certification?   National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge. The certification is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs

What Are the Standards and Certificate Areas?   NBPTS developed standards for accomplished teaching in 16 different subject areas with students at various developmental levels. These standards were developed and validated by representative committees composed of master teachers, disciplinary organizations and other education experts. Many school systems use the standards as the basis for ongoing teacher and school counselor professional development, and many colleges and universities incorporate them into their undergraduate and graduate teacher-education programs. Based on these standards, NBPTS offers 25 certificates that are applicable to most teachers in American schools. 

CIU 20 CPE Credits: CPE credits may be used for Level II Instructional or Educational Specialist Certificates and up to 18 CPE credits may be used towards a Master’s Equivalency.
2 National Board courses with CPE credits meet the 5 year ACT 48 professional development requirement (30 hours per CPE credit)
ESU Graduate Credits: Graduate credits may be used for professional advancement. National Board courses may be applied toward several ESU Master’s Degree Programs. 2 National Board courses - ESU graduate credits meets the 5 year ACT 48 professional development requirement (30 hours per graduate credit)
Click on links below for program details:
MORE INFORMATION: Ashley Magliane, CIU 20 Professional Learning & Curriculum, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, 18045; [email protected]
PDE Online Instruction Program can be completed in one year
The Endorsement will be added to existing Level I or Level II PDE Professional Certificate
Awarded by PDE at the completion of all four courses related to teaching in an online environment.
Through this program of study, candidates will be exposed to various aspects of online teaching and learning resulting in the creation of an online portfolio demonstrating proficiency in the attainment of meeting PDE competencies for online instruction. Through this partnership, educators can enroll in either Colonial IU 20 Continuing Professional Education Credits or East Stroudsburg University Graduate credits and still receive the PDE Online Instruction Endorsement.


In an effort to meet the needs of K-12 students, educators need the opportunity to obtain the knowledge, pedagogy and skills that enable them to provide rigorous, high quality online educational opportunities!   


Through this four course program of study, candidates will be exposed to various aspects of online teaching and learning resulting in the creation of an online portfolio demonstrating proficiency in  meeting the PDE competencies for online instruction.  


During the final two courses, students will work  through embedded field experiences with an online professional.  Students will experience the nuances of online instruction, gain valuable insight and hands-on experiences as an instructor of online learning.    




Course 1:  PSED 522 Foundations of Online Learning in K-12 Environments

This course will introduce the emerging pedagogy of online learning to K-12 interested professionals. Students will explore the requirements needed for successful online learning and teaching. After focusing on the unique characteristics of the online learner, students will explore how to create engaging online learning environments. While there will be a significant focus on class design, there will also be references to the developing research about current best practices. Finally, the ethical issues associated with online learning will be considered.


Course 2:  DMET 510 Online Tools and Strategies for Learner Centered Classrooms

Students will increase technological pedagogical content knowledge to create lessons in various on-line learning environments. Application of digital tools will include, but are not limited, to CMS and LMS strategies and the collaborative web in order to develop learner-centered lessons by using an understanding of differentiation, extension and global awareness for the 21st century. By collaborating with classmates and in other on-line environments, the students will extend their personal learning network beyond the class.   Activities are primarily project based and contain some synchronous sessions with large and small groups as scheduled by the facilitator.


Course 3:  DMET 530 Instructional Design for Effective Learning

Instructional design is a systematic process used to analyze learner needs and then develop, design, and evaluate instructional materials. In this introductory course, students will create a learning unit based on student identified learning goals. Activities are project based along with weekly synchronous sessions scheduled by the facilitator.


Course 4:  PSED 523 Assessing Students in K-12 Online Learning Environments

This course presents the key concepts with regard to design and implementation of appropriate assessment in K-12 online learning environments. Students will demonstrate competencies in creating and implementing assessments in online learning which include projects and assignments that assess learning progress by measuring student learning through both formative and summative assessments. Students will complete a field experience with a current online educator.




Sample Course Sequencing is as Follows:


To view specific dates of courses for current semester, please visit: or view the flyer below for more information. Course offerings are dependent upon ESU schedule.


Fall Semester 

Course 1:   September - December (8 weeks)

Course 3:   September - December (15 weeks)


Spring Semester

Course 2:  January - May (12-15 weeks)

Course 4:  January - May (7.5 weeks)


Summer Semester

Course 1:  June - August (8 weeks)

Course 2:  June - August (12-15 weeks)


MORE INFORMATION: Ashley Magliane, CIU 20 Professional Learning & Curriculum, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, 18045; [email protected]

Delaware Valley University
Expand on your master’s degree with state certification or DelVal specialization program. These shorter curriculums help teachers and administrators meet the requirement for administrative or supervisory state certification or add academic credentials with one of DelVal’s specialization sequences. The three-credit courses are offered as part of the overall master’s in education curriculum, all of which are also part of a degree requirement program and follow the same accelerated format
  • Master of Science in Special Education with Supervisor of Special Ed Cert
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership With PDE Principal’s Certification
  • Special Education Teaching Certification
Created with practicing educators in mind, the goal of this program is for students to end with a very strong understanding of the different “languages” of the principal and the supervisor of special education. It will provide an understanding of how these two roles must be interdependent in order to ensure the success of each and every student.
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Dr. Vic Lesky, Director of Graduate Programs in Education, Delaware Valley University: [email protected]
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Moravian University and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 have partnered to offer:

  • Human Resources in Public Schools Specialization
  • Autism K-12 Endorsement
  • Social, Emotional, Behavioral Wellness Endorsement

Human Resources in Public Schools

The HR in Public Schools specialization is the first program of its kind in the Lehigh Valley. This fully online program is designed for the working teacher or administrator, with eight-week courses, evening classes, and synchronous and asynchronous components. Students will gain the industry knowledge necessary for growth and success as an HR professional in a K–12 setting.




Autism K-12 Endorsement

Now more than ever, there is a demand for well-trained professionals who specialize in teaching the rapidly growing number of students on the Autism Spectrum. Help fill this need by completing the Autism PreK-12 Endorsement at Moravian University.




Social, Emotional, Behavioral Wellness Endorsement

Help meet the demand for well-trained professionals who specialize in promoting social and emotional competence in students by completing the Social, Emotional, Behavioral, Wellness Endorsement PreK–12 at Moravian University.




Why Moravian?

  • All courses count towards ACT 48 hours
  • Small class sizes and a close working relationship with faculty 
  • Begin in fall or spring
  • Accelerated, 8-week courses
  • Our focus is on YOU
For more program information or to apply: Moravian University and CIU 20


Jennifer Pagliaroli
Associate Director of Corporate-Education Partnerships
Moravian University
[email protected]



Michelle D. Bozzini, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

Division of Administrative and Professional Services

Colonial IU 20


[email protected]