Doctoral Degree - Fall 2009 or later

Emphasis and requirements for doctoral students admitted Fall 2009 or later

A document is available that contains the current outline of courses and other requirements for the PhD degree in Workforce Education and Development at Penn State.

Core Course Requirements (21 credits)


WF ED 471, Training in Industry and Business - 3 credits
WF ED 550, Research in Workforce Education - 3 credits
WF ED 560, History and Philosophical Foundations of WF ED - 3 credits
WF ED 572, Organization Development for Industrial Trainers - 3 credits
WF ED 573, Needs Assessment for Industrial Trainers - 3 credits
WF ED 547, Scholarly Inquiry - 3 credits
WF ED 529, Ethics in Workforce Education - 3 credits

Research Course Requirements (12 credits)

WF ED 540 (3 credits) or STAT 500 (3 credits)
+ minimum nine (9) credits of 500-level statistics and research methods courses (in addition to WF ED 540)

Human Resource Development/Organization Development

This emphasis prepares students for private and public sector positions in Human Resource Development and Organization Development. Students should establish priorities for this emphasis based on their prior work experience, their interests and competencies in the learning and performance field, and their capacity to advance in private and public organizations.

*Students with varied backgrounds and interests in Workforce Education and development may, in consultation with their adviser and graduate committee, elect to pursue an inter-disciplinary area of emphasis that prepares them for career options not covered in the three program emphasis areas.

School to Work

This emphasis prepares students for positions in career and technical centers and school districts that involve curriculum development, cooperative education, career exploration, and related positions. This emphasis may involve meeting the Pennsylvania Department of Education eligibility guidelines for cooperative education certification for employment as cooperative education coordinators. The decision to pursue cooperative education certification should be based on prior educational and work experience along with program and employment goals. Students interested in attaining employment as a cooperative education coordinator are required to obtain the cooperative education certification.

Career and Technical Education Leadership

Secondary Career and Technical Education Leadership (PDE Certification)

This emphasis prepares students for leadership positions in secondary education as directors of career and technical education. These positions may be in career and technical centers or in school districts. Students must meet Pennsylvania Department of Education eligibility guidelines for the career and technical education director certification.

To find out what Workforce Education and Development graduate courses are offered and when:
Workforce Education and Development Graduate Course Scheduling Sequence