In addition to the required coursework, you'll choose an elective from an extensive list of possible courses in various areas of adult education.
After completing the certificate, you would only need to take an additional seven courses to obtain the online Master of Education in Adult Education, if you apply and are granted admission into the master's program.
Course List - Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Adult Basic Education
|Introduction to Adult Education||ADTED 460||History, methods, agencies, program areas, and problems of adult education in the United States.||3 credits|
|Teaching Math and Numeracy to Adults||ADTED 480||Examines issues of learning math as an adult and explores effective strategies for teaching math and numeracy to adults.||3 credits|
|Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults||ADTED 560||Reading literacy for adults, including college reading, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and General Educational Development (GED) programs.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Distance Education||ADTED 470||An introduction to the history, philosophy, organizations, learning theories, and instructional procedures used in American and foreign distance education.||3 credits|
|The Teaching of Adults||ADTED 505||Examination of direct and indirect teaching; contracts, application of current technology, andragogy, motivation, evaluation; knowledge of research.||3 credits|
|Program Planning in Adult Education||ADTED 506||Intensive study of theoretical foundations, policies, evaluation models, methods, and materials in program planning in adult education.||3 credits|
|Research and Evaluation in Adult Education||ADTED 507||Guided discussion and reading in selected research and evaluation methods and trends as applied in adult education settings.||3 credits|
|Course Design and Development in Distance Education||ADTED 531||In depth study of the practices of designing courses taught by print, broadcast, and telecommunications media to adult distance learners.||3 credits|
|Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory||ADTED 542||Introduction to adult education learning theory, principles, and models of adult learning by adults alone, in groups, and in communities.||3 credits|
|Administration of Adult Education||ADTED 575||Organization of a program of adult education; legal status, finances, selection of teachers, learning personnel, housing; other administrative problems.||3 credits|
|Focus on English: Teaching Form, Meaning, and Use||APLNG 802||Develops an understanding of the various domains of the English language as relevant for adult English language learning and teaching.||3 credits|
|Focus on Learners: Identity, Community and Language Learning||APLNG 804||Explores how individual identities shaped by cultural differences, social positioning, institutional roles and structures influence English language learning and teaching.||3 credits|
|Focus on Classrooms: Planning and Supporting Language Learning||APLNG 806||Develops a critical awareness of one's teaching practice and highlights instructional planning and classroom interactions with adult English language learners.||3 credits|
|Focus on Instruction: Teaching and Assessing Language Learning||APLNG 808||Develops an understanding of and ability to use effective teaching and assessment practices that support adult English language learning.||3 credits|
|Systematic Instructional Development||LDT 415A||Preparation in the use of a nine-step model for systematically analyzing instructional problems and developing validated, practical solutions.||3 credits|
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.