Emphasis Areas in the Ph.D. Program

There are four emphasis areas in the Ph.D. program in Adult Education at Penn State:

  1. Adult Teaching and Learning
  2. Distance Education
  3. Learning in the Workplace and in the Community
  4. Literacy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations


Each emphasis area has a minimum course requirement of 15 credits. Nine (9) of the 15 credits may be taken in Adult Education and six (6) from one or more supporting area(s) outside of the program. Alternatively, six (6) of the 15 credits may be taken in Adult Education and nine (9) from one or more supporting area(s) outside the program. The decision is made by the student’s academic advisor in consultation with the student and her/his doctoral committee.