Teaching Excellence

M.S. in Teaching Excellence Through Mercyhurst University

Immerse yourself in a highly innovative and customizable program to fit your needs as a K-12 educator.

Designed for certified, working teachers, this online program helps you enhance your skills as an educator while setting you on par to reach your full potential. Learn from master instructors as you discover new ways to motivate students and set them up for success. 

About the Master’s Program

This online master’s program in teaching excellence is personalized to match your personal goals and interests — and those of your district. You’ll receive credit toward your master’s using PLS Classes coursework, teaching experience, PDE endorsements — and you can even transfer credits from other graduate programs.

Course Requirements

This program requires the completion of 30 credits.

Mercyhurst University Core Classes

15 Credits

  • Foundation of Pedagogy & Practice (EDSE 500)
  • 21st Century Literacies (EDSE 610)
  • Internship (EDU 670)
  • Educational Research (EDSP 502)
  • 676 Thesis (EDSE)

PLS Classes

15 Credits

Choose from our catalog of over 30 courses you can use toward your master’s, available in multiple formats including facilitated self-paced, online, remote learning, and on-site.

Optional PDE Endorsements

Pursue any of the following endorsements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE); courses you complete for these endorsements can count toward your master’s. To learn more contact our registration team.

  • Instructional Coaching Endorsement (9 credits)
  • Online Design Endorsement (12 credits)
  • ELL Program Specialist Certificate (18 credits)
  • Autism Endorsement (12 credits)
  • Teaching Leadership (12 credits)

How to Enroll

Apply through Mercyhurst University
by completing a free online application and fulfilling other admission requirements outlined on the program page.

Complete PLS Classes Coursework
Start anytime to start fulfilling your requirements with
Mercyhurst University.


Please contact Sarah Menegay, M.Ed.

Director of Professional Learning