Quality Courses Led By Experienced Educators
The PLS instructor cadre has firsthand experience working within the educational system. As qualified course-content experts, our instructors have a mastery over the research-based theory they teach and use diverse instructional strategies to teach for mastery and application of learning. Each instructor is evaluated, observed, and coached by master instructors who provide constructive feedback on a regular basis.
Our faculty members are thoroughly screened and expertly trained.
Candidates for teaching PLS courses must meet the minimum requirements of an earned master’s degree (or doctoral degree depending on the graduate level taught), a minimum of 5 to 7 years of teaching experience, and recognition by peers and administrators of exceptional teaching skill.
After all application materials are received and reviewed by PLS, the candidate will be scheduled for a formal interview that is designed to uncover the characteristics and qualities sought in an instructor.
Qualified instructor candidates receive formal training from an experienced mentor for each course they hope to teach. Specialized training emphasizes skills used in online and on-site learning environments.
All PLS instructors receive ongoing guidance and support, both during a course and between course offerings, from PLS and master instructors.
At the conclusion of each class, participants formally evaluate the instructor’s efficacy, the class experience, and the course in general. These evaluations are returned to the central office and scored. The instructor and partner institution each receive a composite summary of the evaluations, including written comments. Instructors use this feedback to adjust and improve how they teach the course.
Regular Instructor-Training Meetings
PLS conducts regular intensive instructor meetings, during which they have the opportunity to engage in serious dialogue about systemic matters and individual courses. PLS instructors also have time to improve their own instructional expertise through peer-led demonstrations and collaborative discussions.
Consistency at Multiple Locations
PLS assures consistency among courses offered through partner institutions by different instructors. PLS courses are subject to close scrutiny from all partner institutions that offer graduate credit, and instructors are selected for their willingness to adhere to PLS expectations for instructor professionalism.
The differentiated instructor-training process—coupled with specific instructor guides for on-site courses—assures that all participants receive a comparable learning experience, regardless of how, where, or with whom they take the course. PLS conducts regular observations and representatives of partner institutions are invited to visit on-site courses without prior announcement or observe course interactions for courses delivered online.