Professional Development

The goal of professional development serves:

To build the capacity of the field to provide high quality, research-based instruction and program development in family literacy. For example:

  • The Practitioner's Guides are developed by Goodling Staff and are intended 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.

  • The Family Literacy Certificate is a 12-credit post-baccalaureate certificate's offered through Penn State's World Campus.  The primary goal of the certificate is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills, and credentials in the discipline of family literacy, with a focus on effective program planning and implementation and research-based practice.
  • The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Postbaccalaureate Certificate is a 12-credit certificate  offered through Penn State's World Campus.  The certificate includes three required courses and one elective, which allows you to tailor the program to your specific interest, such as ESL, program planning and administration, distance education, educational technology, or adult learning.