Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, as well as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Penn State’s College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation’s top 10 graduate schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Pennsylvania Educators Can Meet Act 48 Requirements Online

The requirements for maintaining an active Pennsylvania professional educator’s certificate changed in 1999 when House Bill 8, now known as Act 48, was signed into law. Every five years, educators must complete one or more of:

  • 6 college credits (graduate or undergraduate)
  • 6 credits of continuing professional education courses (available through Intermediate Units)
  • 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities, or learning experiences (i.e., noncredit programs)
  • Any combination of credits or activity hours that equal 180 hours (each credit equals 30 hours)

Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators. And education courses delivered online through Penn State World Campus can help you meet your Act 48 requirements as you maintain your professional and personal commitments.

Graduate-level Programs

By taking courses online through Penn State World Campus, you can choose from many different areas of education, including the opportunity to earn a master's degree in education while fulfilling your professional development requirements:

Educational Leadership (Master of Education)
Broaden your leadership potential and meet your professional development goals with one of the three educational leadership options offered in this program.
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Curriculum and Instruction (Master of Education)
Advance your knowledge of curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, and educational supervision. This flexible program allows you to choose your area of emphasis, preparing you to succeed in an increasingly diverse educational landscape.
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Higher Education (Master of Education)
Gain the practical skills you need for a successful career in postsecondary education. This degree is part of a higher education program at Penn State that has been training professionals in the industry for more than 50 years.
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Learning, Design, and Technology (Master of Education)
Learn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning while you expand your skills in instructional design and instructional technology. This program is supported by Penn State’s College of Education and explores best practices in the field of learning design using practical, real-life examples.
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Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (Master of Education)
Focus on the specific skills needed to serve adult learners in this program that can help you meet the demand of today’s workplace landscape, where employers increasingly value continuing education.
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Special Education (Master of Education)
Learn to support students with special needs. This program focuses on current issues and topics in the field of special education and gives you the opportunity to choose an emphasis in academic and behavioral supports, applied behavior analysis, or autism.
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Art Education (Master of Professional Studies)
Gain the skills you need for career advancement as an art teacher or as an art educator for a cultural organization. This NCATE–accredited program blends electronic and hands-on learning and allows teachers to earn professional development credits as they earn their degree.
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Earn credits online without compromising your commitment to work and family. Gain the skills necessary to enhance your career potential and keep you current in your field:

Principalship (Graduate Certificate)
Earn the certification needed for educational administration positions in Pennsylvania. This 18-credit program, open only to PA-certified educators, meets the current requirements established by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.
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Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate)
Learn to create a purposeful environment that helps children with special needs succeed. This program is designed to help you prepare for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) exam.
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Children's Literature (Graduate Certificate)
Explore classic works of children’s literature and the best works by modern-day authors as you learn about imagination and its role in the lives of children. Offered through Penn State’s College of Education, this program is Act-48 approved and may count towards professional development hours.
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Distance Education (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Meet the rising demand for distance education professionals. This program was designed by the founding director of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education, and focuses on adult education principles, distance education course design, and research and evaluation in distance education.
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E-Learning Design (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Learn to use course design and innovative technology to create and deliver impactful online teaching and learning experiences. This 12-credit program takes a project-based approach to instructional design and emphasizes the benefits of tailoring programs to the needs of students.
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Educating Individuals with Autism (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Learn to assess individuals with autism spectrum disorders and develop strategies to enhance social, behavioral, communication, and academic gains. As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise, so does the demand for skilled professionals with expertise in this field.
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Educational Technology Integration (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Learn how to utilize technology in your curriculum to positively impact the learning outcomes of your students. This 15-credit program can stand alone, or the credits earned may be applied to the Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology.
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Family Literacy (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Gain an understanding of issues related to family literacy, with a specific focus on a two-generation structure. This program was created in partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the National Center for Families Learning.
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Institutional Research (Graduate Certificate)
Develop the research and analysis skills needed to support institutional planning and policy formation. The curriculum includes topics such as research design, assessment, and evaluation and the integration of strategic planning with institutional finance.
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