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Graduate Degree Programs

Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell
Dr. Edward W. Taylor
W330 Olmsted, Penn State Harrisburg
Phone: 717-948-6640
Fax: 717-948-6064
E-mail: ejt11@psu.edu; ewt1@psu.edu

The primary goal of the Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions is to assist medical/health professionals in increasing their knowledge and competence in educating adult learners in medical education/health science settings.                  

The objectives are to promote: awareness of how learning theory informs practice; effective methods for teaching adults; development of a reflective practice; understanding of program/instructional design

Candidates are required to take 12 graduate credits, including the 9-credit core of three required classes and one other advisor-approved 3-credit graduate course related to the candidate’s specific area of interest.  The required classes, in which assignments will relate to health/medical education issues, are: 

ADTED 460:  Introduction to Adult Education
ADTED 501:  Foundations of Medical Education
ADTED 505: Teaching of Adults
The 3-credit graduate elective will be related to the candidate’s specific interest in medical/health education.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

U.S. applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. International applicants must have a tertiary (post secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Additionally, all international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

Applicants must submit the following materials:
* A one-page resume
* A statement describing professional goals, experience, and responsibilities (2 pages maximum)
* One letter of recommendation
*  Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate programs previously attended.

LIST OF COURSES INCLUDED IN THE CERTIFICATE

The three required classes include the following and assumes that the candidate would relate a part of their papers or assignments to the areas of health or medical education : 
ADTED 460:  Introduction to Adult Education
ADTED 501:  Foundations of Medical Education
ADTED 505: Teaching of Adults
The 3-credit graduate elective will be related to the candidate’s particular interest related to health or medical education, and could include other graduate courses in the Adult Education Program or another related area.

Effective Date: Summer Session 2010
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-197

Review Date: 01/10/2012

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