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Graduate Degree Programs

Workforce Education and Development (WF ED)

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SUSAN LAND, Director of Graduate Studies
310D Keller Building
814-863-5990
WorkforceEdUP@psu.edu

 

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed.

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

The Program

The general focus of the program is preparation for entry into professional positions within the broadly conceived field of workforce education and development, including human resource development in industry, secondary and postsecondary technical education, and employability programs for special populations. Emphases within the program include: training and development/human resources, leadership/administration, school-to-work, and postsecondary technical and community college leadership.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate programs in Workforce Education and Development (WF ED) is based on the faculty's evaluation of a candidate's prior undergraduate and graduate work, relevant prior work experience including military service, and career goals. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 is required for admission to the master's degree program. A GPA of 3.00 in prior graduate course work is required for admission to the doctoral program.

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Requirements

M.Ed. and M.S. degrees are offered in Workforce Education and Development, both of which require a minimum of 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. M.S. candidates must complete a master's thesis or paper. Candidates for the M.Ed. degree must complete a written comprehensive examination.

Doctoral Degrees Requirements

The Ph.D. degree is offered in Workforce Education and Development. Two or more years of prior full-time work experience that is relevant to WF ED is an important consideration in evaluating applications for the doctoral program. Students are admitted only for the fall semester. Beginning students are not formally granted candidate status for a doctoral degree until successfully completing the candidacy exam given in the spring semester. Please see WF ED Web site for further details.

Student Aid

A limited number of graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (WF ED) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-109

Review Date: 01/10/2012

Faculty linked: 6/5/14

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