3 options
Choose the base program or an option to customize your degree. 
2 certificates
Earn a graduate certificate as an extra credential or as a step toward your master's degree. 
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Ranked in the top ten for online bachelor's degrees by U.S. News & World Report.

Earn a Graduate Degree or Certificate in Adult Ed — 100% Online

You are making an important career decision by choosing Penn State's online programs in lifelong learning and adult education as the next step in your professional development. These programs are designed for professionals who seek the best methods for teaching and training today's adult learners.

Penn State's College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation's best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. Students enrolled in one of the online programs in adult education are taught by nationally recognized faculty and earn the same credentials that our on-campus students earn.

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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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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Adult Basic Education (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Improve your ability to educate and support adults and out-of-school youths who struggle with literacy and number-related concepts. This certificate includes an elective course that allows you to tailor the program to your interests.
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