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Associate Degree in Workforce Education and Development

Associate Degree in WF ED, WLP Emphasis

The Associate Degree in WF ED, Workplace Learning and Performance emphasis, will allow you to leverage prior workplace learning experiences that you have gained in business and industry, government, military, or non-profit work, to understand the theory behind effective leadership, supervision, career education, and training in the workplace. Action learning and problem-based learning methodologies will serve as a foundation for this degree, and an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience will also be provided through structured internships and/or apprenticeships within an industry or career cluster.

This degree can serve as a stand-alone credential or a stepping stone to the B.S. in WF ED. You may apply the credits earned in the Associate Degree toward Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development, Workplace Learning and Performance Emphasis, satisfying many of your required and elective courses. The Associate Degree in WF ED can be earned by satisfying 60 credits through completing the courses below:

General Education (21 credits). These courses are offered at all Penn State campuses, through Penn State Continuing Education, and online through Penn State’s World Campus.

  • GWS Writing/Speaking (6 credits)
  • GQ Quantification (3 credits)
  • GN Natural Sciences (3 credits)
  • GH Humanities (3 credits)
  • GS Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Prescribed Core Courses (18 credits). These core courses are offered in a variety of convenient blended formats at convenient times and locations, so that you can maintain your work responsibilities while earning credits toward your degree.

  • WF ED 105 Integrated Curriculum Implementation (3 credits)
  • WF ED 106 Program and Facilities Management (3 credits)
  • WF ED 207W Assessment Techniques (3 credits)
  • WF ED 310 Leadership Competencies for Supervisors (3 credits)
  • WF ED 411 Occupational Safety and Health for Professional (3 credits)
  • WF ED 450 (US; IL) Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (3 credits)

Occupational Focus (21 credits). Up to 12 credits (Up to 8 credits per semester) may be earned for prior competency-based learning related to your occupational work experience; 5 credits may be earned while you work on internship projects; and the remainder of credits earned by completing elective courses or independent study activities.

  • WF ED 270 Introduction to Industrial Training (3 credits)
  • WF ED 413 Vocational Education for Special-Needs Learners (3 credits)
  • WF ED 471 Training in Business and Industry (3 credits)
  • WF ED 405 Project Management for Professionals (3 credits)
  • WF ED 410 Leadership Competencies for Professionals (3 credits)
  • WF ED 451 Lean-Sigma for Professionals (3 credits)
  • WF ED 395A Occupational Work Experience (Technical Competence, 1–6 credits)
  • WF ED 395B Occupational Work Experience (Professional Competence, 1–6 credits)
  • WF ED 395C Occupational Work Experience (Resources Competence, 1–6 credits)
  • WF ED 395D Occupational Work Experience (Supervisory Leadership Competence, 1–6 credits)
  • WF ED 495D Instructional Internship in Industrial Training (5 credits)
  • WF ED 296 Independent Study (1-9 credits)