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Capella Online Professional Development Course

Instructional Coaching
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Instructional Coaching

Thinking about becoming an instructional coach? Interested in helping others to effectively use instructional technologies with their students? Explore peer coaching models and then select one to work with as your develop and implement your own peer coaching plan. Full Description


How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


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Explore and Evaluate coaching models and techniques that focus on solutions, not problems. Implement different coaching models and learn to distinguish between the effects of various techniques. Plan, set goals, monitor progress and implement accountability strategies for professional growth and improvement.

During this course you will build 

  • A peer coaching model that suits you
  • A peer coaching plan that will be implemented with a colleague. 
  • A revised plan post your participation in a coaching session 
  • A professional development plan targeted for your school
  • An evaluation of your peer coaching plan. 
  • Work with a peer to reflect on the effectiveness of your peer coaching strategy


10 Student Reviews
by Salem D. on June 12, 2018
This course was very informative and made the process of instructional coaching seem more doable. I enjoyed the ability to work a my own pace without continuous deadlines. Great PD course!
by MONICA W. on May 28, 2018
Great information! I loved that I could do it on my schedule.
by Kimberly B. on May 28, 2018
I learned a lot from this course. I am considering applying for coaching positions in my district.
by Jacelyn A. on May 20, 2018
During the milestone, it was difficult to find specific videos to correlate with the answers. It was also difficult to change answers on the ones you had to "Drag in order". The videos were not specific enough to directly correlate with the questions. The ladies reading the information were very monotone as well.
by Deirdre B. on February 2, 2018
I really learned a lot about instructional coaching. I will use this information as I mentor other teachers.
by jennifer h. on July 27, 2016
While I did learn some things about instructional coaching that I didn't already know and that will be helpful to me, I found the multiple choice format did not allow me to really know that I understand the concepts. I do understand that in a free online course it is difficult to provide appropriate types of assignments that demonstrate student learning, but having something other than fill-in-the-blank, matching, or multiple choice would have made me feel like I had learned more than just facts.
by Angela J. on July 1, 2016
Great course. It could use a little better alignment of activities to course content!
Sophia replied on July 7, 2016

Thanks for the feedback Angela! We strive to make sure that our assessments and activities are well aligned to the content. However; if you ever feel that there is a discrepancy, please contact a learning coach for assistance. We are here to help and appreciate any feedback on the courses.

— Amanda S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Melissa D. on May 14, 2016
I liked that the course wasn't isn't about how to use my iPad. It is about understanding why and when digital tools can help me to engage and support my students better.