PLS 3rd Learning and MidAmerica Nazarene University Announce the Heartland Academy for Educators





We are excited to introduce the Heartland Academy for Educators, a new partnership between MidAmerica Nazarene University and PLS 3rd Learning that offers educators a catalog of online modules and micro-credentials for professional development and graduate credit.

Heartland Academy for Educators 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.

“MNU is grateful to partner with PLS 3rd Learning to expand our continuing education program,” said Dr. David J. Spittal, President of MidAmerica Nazarene University. “This partnership brings micro-credentialing and other versatile learning experiences to the teachers we serve.”

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 To register for modules, please contact PLS 3rd Learning at or call 866-757-2527.

About PLS 3rd Learning:
PLS 3rd Learning is an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of K-12 education. We are a team of educators and technology specialists who imagine, design, and deliver unique technology systems that inspire school leaders and teachers across the world.

About MidAmerica Nazarene University:
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 and ServiceCorps programs. 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