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Register Now! Course Offerings for the ABE Certificate

Registration Open

Adult Basic Education Certificate Summer Courses

May 15 to August 9, 2017

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Certificate is geared toward professionals working with adults or out-of-school youth who struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and/or English language proficiency. Penn State is one of the first universities to offer a fully online certificate in adult basic education.

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • Three required courses and one elective tailored to student interests.
  • Approved Act 48 provider for Pennsylvania educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research based knowledge about ABE, especially literacy and numeracy instruction.
  • Use credits to fulfill requirements for the M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education.

ABE Certificate courses available in summer 2017:

-     ADTED 460:  Introduction to Adult Education (required)

-     ADTED 470:  Introduction to Distance Education (elective)

-     ADTED 505:  The Teaching of Adults (elective)

-     ADTED 506:  Program Planning in Adult Education (elective)

-     APLNG802:   Focus on English:  Teaching Form, Meaning and Use (elective)

-     APLNG808:   Focus on Instruction:  Teaching and Assessing Language Learning (elective)

The required course ADTED 560 (Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults) is under development and will be offered in fall 2017.

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

For information about the Certificate, contact Edith Gnanadass at or 814-865-6686 or link to certificate/overview