Penn State ABE Online Certificate Summer 2018 Course Announcements


Penn State Adult Basic Education Certificate

Summer 2018 Online Course Offerings

(May 14 to August 8, 2018)

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Certificate is geared toward professionals working with adults or out-of-school youth who struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and/or English language proficiency. Penn State is one of the first universities to offer a fully online certificate in adult basic education.

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • Three required courses and one elective tailored to student interests.
  • Approved Act 48 provider for Pennsylvania educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research based knowledge about ABE, especially literacy and numeracy instruction.
  • Use credits to fulfill requirements for the M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education.

ABE Certificate courses available in Summer, 2018:

  • ADTED 460:  Introduction to Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (required)
  • ADTED 470:  Introduction to Distance Education (elective)
  • ADTED 505:  The Teaching of Adults (elective)
  • ADTED 506:  Program Planning in Adult Education (elective)

To learn about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

For information about the Certificate, contact Beth Grinder McLean at or 717-432-3498 or link to certificate/overview

Student Testimonials:

It's also been very useful for me to learn about effective learning strategies and understanding the role of the teacher.

My favorite part of the class were the discussions. I am still fairly new to online classes, but I have found that our discussions are generally richer than those in a traditional classroom.