Professional Development

Certificate in Family Literacy World Campus Adult Education Early Childhood Literacy Online courses distance learning family literacy


The goal of professional development serves:


To build, in cooperation with the National Center for Family Literacy, the capacity of the field to provide high quality, research-based instruction and program development in family literacy. For example:

  • A Certificate in Family Literacy is offered via distance learning through the Penn State World Campus. This Certificate has been developed collaboratively with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and integrates research findings and best practices identified through research efforts. Credits earned through the Certificate Program are applicable toward a family-literacy-focused Penn State's Masters Degree in Adult Education. These credits may also be transferred into another program of study at Penn State or at another university. For information about the Certificate in Family Literacy, contact .

  • The Practitioner's Guides are developed to assist family literacy practitioner's work with families.  The Guides provide a summary of the research, the relevance to family literacy, practical implementation suggestions, best practices, and additional resources.  Current highlighted topics include Interactive Literacy Activities, health literacy, and working with low-literacy adult ESL learners.

  • Summer-2007-Baby-and-Me-014.jpgFamily Literacy activities were developed in cooperation with the the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. These research-based resources were designed for parents and educators working with parents and young children. Resources include (1) sample integrated lesson plans for Adult Education, Parenting Education, Early Childhood Education, and Interactive Literacy (also known as PACT Time); (2) developmental information guides for parents and practitioners; (3) recommended booklists for children’s books and parent resources; and (4) downloadable activities based on high quality children’s literature.

  • The Goodling Institute was funded to develop and pilot a Study Circle Guide called "Rethinking Instruction and Participation for Adult Basic Education" by the National Center for Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). This guide is one of a series of study circle guides that NCSALL has developed and made available on their website. Its purpose is to help staff developers and practitioners organize and conduct Study Circles so that practitioners can read, discuss, and use research to improve their practice.