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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs offered in Adult Education

Adult Basic Education APPLY NOW!

The ABE certificate in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program is designed to enhance your ability to provide high quality research-based instruction in adult basic education (ABE), especially literacy and numeracy.

The 12-credit certificate included includes three required courses and one elective, which allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests, such as:

  • ESL
  • Program planning and administration
  • Distance education
  • Educational technology
  • Adult learning

Family Literacy APPLY NOW!

Penn State’s online Certificate in Family Literacy is a 12-credit certificate program designed to enable professionals to enhance their skills and credentials with a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to literacy instruction.  The program is designed to help professionals understand the key components of family literacy (two-generation approach to learning).  Course topics include:

  • Adult education principles
  • Concepts of children's language and literacy development
  • Integration of literacy, culture, and identity
  • Parent and child interactive literacy activities and parent involvement with schools and teachers


Distance Education - APPLY NOW!

Penn State's online Certificate in Distance Education is an 12-credit certificate program designed to enhance the professional expertise of persons involved in teaching or planning instruction through the medium of distance education. These credits can be applied toward either a master's degree or a doctorate in adult education. Course topics include:

  • adult education principles
  • distance education course design
  • instructional technology


Health and Medical Professions Certificate - HOW TO APPLY!

Penn State's Health and Medical Professions Certificate is an 12-credit certificate program designed to assist medical and health professionals in increasing their knowledge and competence in educating adult learners in medical education/health science settings.  Course topics include:

  • Awareness of how learning theory informs practices;
  • Effective methods for teaching adults;
  • Development of a reflective practice;
  • Understanding of program/instructional design.