Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs offered in Adult Education

Adult Basic Education - APPLY NOW!

The ABE certificate in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program is designed to enhance your ability to provide high quality research-based instruction in adult basic education (ABE), especially literacy and numeracy.

The 12-credit certificate included includes three required courses and one elective, which allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests, such as:

  • ESL
  • Program planning and administration
  • Distance education
  • Educational technology
  • Adult learning

Family Literacy APPLY NOW!

Penn State's online Certificate in Family Literacy is a 12-credit certificate program designed to meet the professional development needs of persons working in a variety of literacy education settings. This program brings experts in the field of family literacy together with specialists in early childhood education and adult education to offer a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to literacy instruction.  Course topics include:

  • adult education principles
  • literacy, culture, and identity
  • approaches to instruction

 

Distance Education - APPLY NOW!

Penn State's online Certificate in Distance Education is an 12-credit certificate program designed to enhance the professional expertise of persons involved in teaching or planning instruction through the medium of distance education. These credits can be applied toward either a master's degree or a doctorate in adult education. Course topics include:

  • adult education principles
  • distance education course design
  • instructional technology

 

Health and Medical Professions Certificate - APPLY NOW!

Penn State's Health and Medical Professions Certificate is an 12-credit certificate program designed to assist medical and health professionals in increasing their knowledge and competence in educating adult learners in medical education/health science settings.  Course topics include:

  • Effective methods for teaching adults;
  • Development of a reflective practice;
  • Understanding of program/instructional design.