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PLS 3rd Learning, MNU announce Heartland Academy for Educators

PLS 3rd Learning, MNU announce the Heartland Academy for Educators

Introducing Heartland Academy for Educators, a new partnership between MNU and PLS 3rd Learning offering educators online learning and micro-credentials (digital badges) for professional development and graduate credit.

“We are delighted to partner with PLS 3rd Learning to expand our continuing education program,” said Dr. David J. Spittal, MNU president. “This partnership brings micro-credentialing and other versatile learning experiences to the teachers we serve.”

Heartland Academy for Educators online modules will offer a specific and discrete area of focus designed to target pedagogical themes, master practical teaching method, and fortify leadership strategies. All modules are fully-facilitated by a PLS 3rd Learning instructor and are aligned to frameworks designed by Danielson, InTASC, and Marzano.

“We are very honored to partner with MidAmerica Nazarene University to serve and support teachers across the region,” said Donald J. Jacobs, Ph.D., CEO of PLS 3rd Learning. “We are committed to working alongside MNU in their efforts to bring excellent professional growth opportunities to the K-12 education community.”

Currently, there are 56 modules available to participants, with seat time ranging from 5-15 hours. Four unique micro-credentials, which group related online modules that share a similar focus, are also available.

Admission for the Heartland Academy for Educators programs is rolling. Graduate credit is also available for each module with the completion of a homework template that should be submitted directly to MNU.

For more information about the Heartland Academy for Educators please visit Heartland.AcademyforEducators.org. To register for modules, please contact PLS 3rd Learning at registration@PLSClasses.com or call 866-757-2527.


MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1966. Offering 35 traditional undergraduate majors, the university is also known for its accelerated professional and graduate programs, including undergraduate degrees in business and nursing and graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and counseling, and postgraduate certificates. Online offerings include classes in education, nursing, business and associate’s-level studies. Study abroad as well as service-learning experiences are encouraged through MNU’s Go Global program. The campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, Kan., and operates a location in Liberty, Missouri, for professional and graduate programs. More information may be found at www.mnu.edu.

MNU facts:

  • MNU enrolls more than 1,850 students.
  • Ranked first in value by Money magazine among Kansas colleges and universities (2015).
  • MNU has offered innovative, accelerated adult degree completion and graduate programs since 1987.
  • The yearly economic impact of the University is more than $44 million annually in the state of Kansas.