Postbaccalaureate Credit Courses in Education

Does your school district require you to pursue professional development? Are you looking for Act 48 credits in your specialization? Penn State is an approved Act 48 provider, and our online post-baccalaureate courses cover a wide range of current topics in education. You can also work towards a credit certificate in Teaching Writing and Literacy. In addition, many of our education courses transfer into Penn State Harrisburg’s 30-credit online Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum program. Why not sign up for one today and get a jump on your Master’s degree?

With courses delivered remotely through classes held via Zoom and online assignments, this is the perfect time to upgrade your professional qualifications from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Sign up for your course today!

Read about our upcoming offerings below.

Early Fall 2023 Session

CI 400: Introduction to Research Literature

(September 5–October 20, 2023. Actual meeting dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17)

Introduction to research literature and methodology with an emphasis on interpretation, sources, and research reporting. (3 credit course)

EDUC 470W: Higher Order Thinking for Educators (H.O.T.S)

(September 5–October 20, 2023. Actual meeting dates: 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18)

Become aware of ways to increase the higher order thinking of children in the elementary classroom. Improve students' ability to write critically through reflection papers on educational problems and issues. (3 credits)

Late Fall 2023 Session

CI 405: Classroom Management

(October 16–December 8, 2023. Actual meeting dates: 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29)

Students will engage in an in-depth examination of the process of creating, fostering and sustaining a classroom learning community that meets the individual needs of all children to propel their success. (3 credits)

EDUC 484: School Law for Teachers

(October 16–December 8, 2023. Actual meeting dates: 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28)

This course will focus on federal and state school law for educators addressing legal issues that affect the operation of public schools K-12. (3 credits)

EDUC 452: Teaching Writing

(October 16–December 8, 2023. Actual meeting dates: 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, 11/29)

The course offers techniques for teaching the writing process, kindergarten through grade 12, including writing in the content areas and incorporating the Common Core State Standards. This course is a prerequisite for EDUC 463, 425 & 477. (3 credits)

ESL Specialist Certificate Course (Fall 2023)

WLED 400: Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching

(October 6–October 29, 2023. Actual meeting dates: 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29)

This course is designed to give second language teachers a critical understanding of basic concepts and principles in second language acquisition and teaching. The core of the course explicates processes of language acquisition viewed from major theories of first and second language acquisition and common issues within these major theories are presented and debated. (3 credits)