Degree & Certificate Programs

A brief summary with links for lifelong learning and adult education degrees and certificates

The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program at Penn State offers three graduate degrees and three graduate certificates:

Graduate Degrees

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  • available at University Park, only
  • Application Fee Waiver - Under-represented minority applicants (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) may be eligible for a Graduate School application fee waiver. To inquire, please email Dr. Esther Prins at

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Graduate Certificates

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Graduate Minor

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The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program emphasizes interdisciplinary education and practice. Students are encouraged to seek out learning beyond courses in the program, from fields of study at the university that support their specialized interests. Entering students are expected to have an idea of their major area(s) of interest, which is then further developed through selected course work.

Adnan Qayyum speaks to students in classThe program accommodates both part-time and full-time students at University Park; part-time students at Harrisburg; and distance students through the World Campus. About 70% of our students are part-time and 30% are full-time. International students make up 25% of the student body: they may enroll full-time at University Park; alternatively, they may enroll part-time or full-time through the World Campus. Students who are employed part-time or full-time should strongly consider applying to the Harrisburg D.Ed. program, where most students are employed while being enrolled part-time in the D.Ed. International students cannot be admitted at the Harrisburg Campus.

All in-residence courses within adult education are offered in the late afternoons, evenings or weekends. World Campus courses are offered asynchronously, and totally online.

    For more information on the courses available in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education program have a look at the full course list.

    If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit this website.

    If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application.