Take the next step in your career teaching or training adults
The modern workplace is in a state of rapid and consistent evolution, creating a sharp increase in the demand for workforce training and professional development. Penn State’s online lifelong learning and adult education program is one of the most established and respected programs in the country, taught by nationally renowned faculty.
Important Update: Applicants for the spring 2022 semester are no longer required to submit GRE/GMAT test scores due to COVID-related closures of testing centers.
Customize Your Master’s Degree
Choose between the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Literacy or Global Online and Distance Education options or select a general Master of Education, which allows more flexibility for your electives.
- General option
Ideal for those interested in teaching or training adults in any sector of the economy, including corporate, health care, or education
- Adult Basic Education and Literacy option
Focuses on teaching and research in ABE and literacy with electives in distance education, administration, and theory
- Global Online and Distance Education option
Concentrates on the historical and current procedures, practices, and developments related to domestic and international online education
In addition to our online master’s program in adult education, Penn State World Campus offers two online postbaccalaureate certificate programs. Each program includes three required courses. The adult basic education certificate also includes one elective, allowing you to tailor the program to a specific interest, including program planning and administration, distance and online education, educational technology, or adult learning.
The credits you earn in these certificate programs may be applied toward the requirements for the Master of Education in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, upon your acceptance into that program.
Penn State is an Act 48–approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the Master of Education in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education may count toward your professional development hours.