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Postbaccalaureate Certificate in
Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings

How To Apply

Deadlines and Important Dates

Your application, including receipt of all transcripts, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete:

  • Spring DeadlineApply by November 1 to start January 10
  • Summer DeadlineApply by April 1 to start May 17
  • Fall DeadlineApply by June 15 to start August 23

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

In addition, you must send an official transcript directly to the program office. Please mail to:

Whitney DeShong
Administrative Support Assistant
Learning and Performance Systems Department
303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802-1303

GPA and Test Scores — All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Résumé or Vita— Upload your résumé to the online application.

Essay 1 — In 200 to 300 words, please describe how completion of the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Online in K-12 Settings will prepare you for your current or future (or aspirational) job responsibilities.

Short Responses — The online application will ask for brief responses to the following three questions:

  1. Have you already completed with Penn State University one or more of the courses required to earn the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Online in K-12 Settings?
  2. Do you currently deliver online learning to a K-12 audience (any grade level)? If you do not currently teach online, does your employer offer online learning to a K-12 audience?
  3. Upon completion of the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Online in K-12 Settings, do you intend to apply for the Online Instruction Endorsement for teachers/educators who are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education?

Start Your Application

You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.

Begin the graduate school application

  • Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Choose "Teaching Online in 12-k Setting" as the certificate

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

Technical Requirements 

Review the general technical requirements for this program.

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