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.

Summer 2023 Session

CI 492: Identities, Power, and Perceptual Pedagogies in Teaching and Learning

(July 3–July 22, 2023)

Students will perform inquiries into the intersections of identities, power, and pedagogical formations in relation to urban teaching/learning contexts. (3 credits)

EDUC 418: Positive Classroom Climate: Developing Positive Attitudes to Learning

(July 3–July 22, 2023)

Participants will learn strategies for creating classroom climates which encourage positive attitudes toward learning while preventing and correcting student misbehavior. (3 credits)

CI 400: Introduction to Research Literature

(July 24–August 9, 2023)

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

Teaching Writing & Literacy Certificate Courses (Summer 2023) 

EDUC 452: Teaching Writing

(May 16–June 20, 2023)

The first course in the series offers techniques for teaching the writing process (K–12), including writing in the content areas and incorporating the Common Core state standards. This course is a prerequisite for EDUC 463, 425 and 477. (3 credits)

EDUC 463: Teaching with Modern Web Technologies

(May 14–June 23, 2023)

This course focuses on the Internet as a valuable resource for P–12 education. Designed for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and building administrators, this course relates educational theory and practice to applications of the Web and Web 2.0 technologies in classrooms and schools. (3 credits)

EDUC 464: Technology and the Learning Process

(June 28–August 9, 2023)

Designed for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and building administrators, this course examines and evaluates the relationship between technology-based resources and learning theories. Students explore learning theories in terms of how technology may or may not support implementation of those theories in the classroom. (3 credits)

EDUC 425: Literacy Assessment

(June 29–August 3, 2023)

This course emphasizes alternative literacy measures, focusing on portfolio assessment and performance assessments. (3 credits)

EDUC 400: Diversity and Cultural Awareness Practices in the K–12 Classroom

(July 24–August 9, 2023)

Examination of diverse cultures, stereotypes, concepts, and issues that impact the way individuals interact with one another in society. (3 credits)

ESL Specialist Certificate Courses (Summer 2023) 

WLED 444: Language, Culture, and the Classroom

(June 19–June 23, 2023)

This course will examine issues of language and culture in the classroom. Focus will be placed on developing cross-cultural competence (in the classroom, with families, etc.) This course is intended to provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the mutual impact of language and culture in the learning experiences of language-minority students. (3 credits)

APLNG 484: Functional Discourse Grammar

(July 24–July 28, 2023)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the structure of the English language through a functional/discourse analytical approach to linguistic analysis. Grammar is viewed as holistic and dynamic in the sense that grammar and grammatical forms are intricately related to speaker stance, cognition, and interaction. (3 credits)