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Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

Welcome page & overview

Welcome to the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program at Penn State: your degree can open doors worldwide to successful careers in faculty and administration positions at universities and colleges or to fulfilling leadership and research positions at government and public agencies non-governmental organizations, churches or religious organizations, adult basic education programs, healthcare providers, international organizations, and community-based organizations.

Adnan Qayyum speaks to students in class


 Degree programs:
                PH.D. (University Park)
                D.Ed. (University Park & Harrisburg)
                M.Ed. (World Campus & Harrisburg)

Postbaccalaureate Certificates:
                Adult Basic Education and Literacy
                Distance Education
                Family Literacy
                Health and the Medical Professions

  • Develop your ability to reach adults, plan learning experiences, guide communities in capacity-building foster advocacy and action, and conduct research in diverse settings.
  • Our faculty are highly respected scholars within and beyond the field, with expertise that spans numerous international research arenas - including adult teaching and learning, distance education and online learning, learning in the workplace and in the community, and literacy for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research and outreach endeavors, co-author publications, and present at conferences around the world.
  • Students can pursue dual degree in Comparative and International Education and in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • Students can choose electives that match their interests.


Related Academic Programs:

Many students in Adult Education opt to pursue a minor or dual-title degree in Comparative and International Education (CI ED), the largest CI ED program in the country. The CI ED dual-title degree is available for both master’s and doctoral students.

Courses for adult learners are offered in the evening at many Penn State Continuing Education locations across the state. For further information, please visit

If you have any questions please contact one of our Administrative Assistants.

(University Park)
Administrative Assistant
Lifelong Learning and Adult Education
301 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-0624


*Rachal, J.R. & David, W.W.V. (2005, May).  Institutional and individual publication productivity in selected adult education journals, 1993-2002.  The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 19(1), 1-20.