Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development (WF ED)

B.S. in WF ED, WLP Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in WF ED, Workplace Learning and Performance Emphasis, covers a full range of subjects including: supervision, training and development, project management, safety and health, leadership competencies, career development, and cultural diversity in the workplace to name a few. The 124 credit curriculum is aligned with US Department of Labor sponsored competency models and provides maximum flexibility.

A baccalaureate degree candidate who meets the Entry to Major Requirements can be admitted to the major in WF ED with an emphasis on Workplace Learning and Performance. This BS in WF ED is ideal for frontline supervisors, training and development specialists, health care personnel, veterans, and working professionals in many areas of employment who have demonstrated work experience but who have not completed a bachelor's degree.

Major in WF ED with WLP Emphasis

If you are a baccalaureate degree candidate, you must meet the following four Entry to Major Requirements by the end of your fourth semester standing (60 credits) to be admitted to the major in WF ED with an emphasis on Workplace Learning and Performance:

1. Complete Entry-to-Major (ETM) courses: ECON 102 (GS), or ECON 104 (GS); EDPSY 014, EDTHP 115 (US), and ENGL 015 (GWS)

2. Complete 3 credits in literature (GH)

3. Complete 6 credits in quantification (GQ)

4. Maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade-point average

Continue to Work as You Earn Your Degree

As a working professional who has at least two years of paid work experience, you can earn a degree without having to quit your job. If classified as an adult student, you may also be admitted into the program while currently obtaining two years of paid work experience. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

Please be informed that the BS in WF ED could be the step-up opportunity for you. Your occupational learning experiences and the credits you have 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 this degree:

The BS in WF ED (WLP Emphasis) Step-Up Credit Programs (Appendix)

Courses (124 credits)

The BS in WF ED, Workplace Learning and Performance Emphasis, covers a full range of subjects, including supervision, training, project management, occupational safety and health, leadership competencies, career development, and cultural diversity in the workplace.

General Education (45 credits)

Three of the GE courses (9 credits) are included in the entry-to-major requirements* and offered along with other GE courses at most Penn State campuses through Penn State Continuing Education, and online through the World Campus.

*ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits)
CAS 100 A, B, or C Effective Speech (3 credits)
ENGL 202 A, B, C, or D Effective Writing (3 credits)

Prescribed Courses (37 Credits)

  • *ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy or
  • *ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy (3 credits)
  • *EDTHP 115 Education in American Society (3 credits)
  • WF ED 105 Integrated Curriculum Implement (3 credits)
  • WF ED 106 Program Facilities Management (3 credits)
  • WF ED 207W Assessment Techniques (3 credits)
  • WF ED 310 Leadership Competencies for Supervisors (3 credits)
  • WF ED 405 Project Management for Professionals (3 credits)
  • WF ED 410 Leadership Competencies for Professionals (3 credits)
  • WF ED 411 Occupational Safety and Health (3 credits)
  • WF ED 413 Vocational Education for Special Needs Learners (3 credits)
  • WF ED 424 Facilitating Career Development (3 credits)

Additional Courses (3 credits)

  • WF ED 450 (US; IL) Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (3 credits)

Industrial Training Courses — Workplace Learning and Performance (42–44 credits)

  • WF ED 270 Introduction to Industrial Training (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 471 Training in Industry and Business (3 credits)
  • WF ED 495D Instructional Internship Industrial Training (5 credits)

Supporting Courses (6 credits)

  • WF ED 296 or WF ED 496 Independent Study or other approved WF ED courses (3 credits)
  • WF ED 451 Lean-Sigma for Professionals (3 credits)