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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: Stephanie Agentis, CIU 20 Professional Learning & Curriculum, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, 18045; 610-515-6424
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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.

PDE Online Endorsement Brochure


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.




Typical Course Sequencing is as Follows:


To view specific dates of courses for current semester, please visit: or contact Stephanie Agentis, 610-515-642


Fall Semester 

Course 1:   September - December (8 weeks)

Course 3:   September - December (15 weeks)


Spring Semester

Course 1:  January - May (8 weeks)

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: Stephanie Agentis, CIU 20 Professional Learning & Curriculum, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, 18045; 610-515-6424

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 Special Education w/Dual Certification Principal (K-12) Cert and Special Education Cert
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership With PDE Principal’s Certification
  • Transition Services Specialization
  • Special Education Add-On 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.
MORE INFORMATION: Stephanie Agentis, CIU 20 Professional Learning & Curriculum, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, 18045; 610-515-6424
Program Overview
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.
MGMT 563: Current Legal Issues in HR Management
MGMT 564: Negotiations in Public Schools
MGMT 565: Global Talent Management
MGMT 579: Strategic Human Resources Management

Why Moravian?
  • All courses count towards ACT 48 hours
  • Small class sizes and a close working relationship with faculty
  • Begin in fall or spring
  • Our focus is on YOU


Katie P. Desiderio, MBA, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Corporate-Educational Partnerships

Moravian College



Michelle D. Bozzini, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

Division of Administrative and Professional Services

Colonial IU 20










Literacy M.S. with Reading Specialist Certification

Enroll in the 30-credit online literacy program to advance your career in literacy. You will learn how to assess, diagnose and teach students to be active listeners, speakers, readers and writers. Upon successful completion, you can apply for the PDE-approved Reading Specialist Certificate. Complete the program in just two years.

STEM Letter of Endorsement.

Drive the next generation of innovation. Help your students thrive by advancing your teachers in this specialty area. Our PDE-approved program provides the tools teachers need to plan, design and incorporate STEM strategies into everyday learning, positioning your district as a leader in this growth area.


  • Convenient online learning
  • Waived application and course fees
  • Discounted tuition at just $490 per credit
  • Deferred payment for tuition reimbursement

These benefits are exclusively for educators working in the CIU 20 region.



Complete for more information

Stephanie Agentis, Professional Learning: 610-515-6424



Literacy is every teacher’s responsibility, and Colonial IU 20 has partnered with Wilkes University to offer a comprehensive program that addresses the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for effective literacy instruction and program planning with the 21st century reading specialist in mind. The courses and field experiences have been designed to ensure that students in the program are prepared for the challenges they will face as contemporary reading specialists and literacy leaders.




  • Design a curriculum that will meet the needs of diverse learners, particularly those who experience difficulty with literacy
  • Lead professional learning experiences to aid teachers in the district
  • Integrate a variety of digital and print materials that will engage and motivate learners of all skill levels



  • LIT 501: Foundations of Literacy Acquisition and Development (Reading and Writing)
  • LIT 502: Advanced Linguistics: Language Foundations for Teachers of Reading, Writing, and Spelling
  • LIT 503: Applying Brain Research to Literacy Development and Instruction
  • LIT 504: Best Practices in the Assessment and Remediation of Struggling Readers and Writers- Part I (10 hours of field experience)
  • LIT 505: Best Practices in the Assessment and Remediation of Struggling Readers and Writers-Part II (10 hours of field experience)
  • LIT 506: Literacy Development and Literature for Adolescents (10 hours of field experience)
  • LIT 507: Introduction to the World of Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • LIT 508: Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas
  • LIT 509: Best Practices in Contemporary Literacy Leadership
  • LIT 510: Literacy Education Practicum (100 hours)


Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this 12-credit program provides the tools teachers need to plan, design and incorporate STEM strategies into everyday learning. Upon successful completion, Pennsylvania educators can apply to add the STEM endorsement to their teaching certificate.

The program is offered through Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, in partnership with Wilkes University and Discovery Education. Wilkes is the only school in the country to team up with Discovery Education, the global leader in digital content for K-12 educators.




  • Create and implement STEM activities in the classroom
  • Integrate authentic assessment strategies
  • Develop a culture of STEM in the school / district 



  • EDIM 502: Project-Based Learning
  • EDIM 513: Inquiry-Based Learning
  • EDIM 517: Practices and Implementation of STEM Education
  • EDIM 518: Creating a STEM Culture Through Application

Courses in the program can be applied to the master’s degree in Instructional Media. Teachers can earn the degree, the letter of endorsement, or both.



Session 2: June 15-August 2

  • EDIM 502 Project Based Learning
  • EDIM 513 Inquiry Based Learning
  • EDIM 517 Practices and Implementation of STEM Education
Fall 2020 registration will posted as soon as it is available