Undergraduate Degree Programs

A page that outlines the area of study for an Undergraduate degree in the Workforce Education and Development program in the College of Education

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Penn State's Workforce Education and Development program offers certificate programs as well as undergraduate degree programs leading to a bachelor of education.

Students interested in these programs leading to the bachelor's degree in Workforce Education and Development should be employed, or wish to be employed, as faculty members, trainers, administrators, or researchers in settings emphasizing education for work in private sector firms, schools, occupational home economics, cooperative education, youth apprenticeship, or employment and training.

Associate Degree

The Associate Degree in WF ED can serve as a stand-alone credential or a stepping stone to the B.S. in WF ED.

Bachelors Degree

Workforce Education and Development (WF ED) at Penn State is a unique college program for people who have completed career and technical education (vo-tech) programs in high school or postsecondary technical colleges.

Information on Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) Emphasis

The WLP emphasis in WF ED is offered in collaboration with Penn State Continuing Education. This emphasis is designed for working professionals in any industry and covers a full range of subjects including: supervision, training and development, project management, safety and health, to name a few.

The WLP emphasis in WF ED offers four Certificate Programs, an Associate Degree, and the Bachelor of Science Degree, providing you with the step-up opportunity. The occupational learning experiences and the credits earned through an accredited technical/professional associate degree and/or the Associate Degree and Certificates in WF ED may contribute to completing the courses for the BS Degree.

For students pursuing credit by portfolio for work-related experiences, the following requirements apply:

1. MUST BE ACTIVELY ENROLLED AS A WORKFORCE EDUCATION DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT;

2. MUST VERIFY 8,000HRS OF WORK EXPERIENCE DIRECTLY RELATED TO AN AREA OF TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION;

AND

3. BE ADVISED, IF APPROVED WORK-RELATED EXPERIENCE CREDITS WILL BE AWARDED AS TRANSFER CREDITS WHICH WILL NOT APPLY TOWARD A SEMESTER SCHEDULE OR IN MEETING FINANCIAL AIDE REQUIREMENTS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHECKS AND APPLICATION ARE PROCESSED BY TWO DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS SO PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL OF THE ABOVE IS UNDERSTOOD AND TAKEN CARE OF PRIOR TO SUBMISSION BECAUSE THE CHECK WILL BE CASHED EVEN IF CREDITS ARE NOT POSTED UNTIL A LATER TERM DUE TO NON-ENROLLMENT.

What to submit?

1. Application (Please contact Staci Lynch at sml91@psu.edu for application and proper mailing address)

2.Resume verifying 8,000hrs of work-related experience to an area of technical education.

3. Teaching Certificate.

4. Check made payable to Pennsylvania State University in the amount of $390.00.


For more information, contact:

Student Services Academic Advising

Dr. Mark Threeton ()

Tel: 814-863-5361

411E Keller Building

University Park , PA 16802