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Adult Basic Education

Post-baccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Esther Prins
305B Keller
University Park
Telephone: 814-865-0597
Fax: 814-865-0128


The goal of the program is to build educators’ capacity to provide high-quality, research-based instruction in adult basic education (ABE), especially literacy and numeracy. The program is intended for people who are working, or wish to work, with adults who struggle with reading, writing, math, and/or English language proficiency. ABE instruction typically occurs in adult literacy, family literacy, GED, English as a second language (ESL), or developmental education classes offered by community-based organizations, community colleges, school districts, libraries, and alternative schools, among others. Delivered online through the World Campus, the 12-credit certificate includes three required courses and one elective, which allows students to tailor the program to their specific interests, such as ESL, program planning and administration, distance education, educational technology, adult learning, or other topics.


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.


List of Courses* Included in the Certificate:

ADTED 460: Introduction to Adult Education (3 credits)

ADTED 560: Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults (3 credits)

ADTED 480: Teaching Math and Numeracy to Adults (3 credits)


Students must choose one 3-credit elective from the following list of courses:

 ADTED 470: Introduction to Distance Education (3 credits)

ADTED 505: The Teaching of Adults (3 credits)

ADTED 506: Program Planning in Adult Education (3 credits)

ADTED 507: Research and Evaluation in Adult Education (3 credits)

ADTED 531: Course Design and Development in Distance Education (3 credits)

ADTED 542: Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory (3 credits)

ADTED 575: Administration of Adult Education (3 credits)

LDT 415B: Systematic Instructional Development for Teachers (3 credits)

APLNG 802: Focus on Language: Learning and Teaching Additional Languages (3 credits)

APLNG 804: Focus on Learners: Identity, Community and Language Learning (3 credits)

APLNG 806: Focus on Classrooms: Planning and Supporting Language Learning (3 credits)

APLNG 808: Focus on Instruction: Teaching and Assessing Language Learning (3 credits)


Effective Semester:  Fall 2015
Expiration Semester: (maximum of 5 years from effective date)  fall 2020


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