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 a combination of 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.

Spring 2023 Session

EDUC 470W: Higher Order Thinking for Educators

(February 6–March 18, 2023)

Presentation of strategies, techniques, and principles of higher-order thinking which are grounded in relevant research and practice will be presented. Develop critical and creative thinking, decision making, problem solving and reflection skills. Become aware of ways to increase the higher order thinking of children in the elementary classroom. Improve students' ability to write critical thinking/reflection papers on educational problems and issues. (3 credits)

EDUC 432: Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing

(February 6–March 18, 2023)

Participants will learn methods for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to student writing in all subject areas. No prerequisites. (3 credits)

EDUC 463: Teaching with Modern Web Technologies

(March 9–April 27, 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 484: School Law for Teachers

(March 20–April 28, 2023)

This course will focus on increasing teacher awareness of law and how it impacts on daily performance and job security. Serves as an examination of federal and state school law for educators addressing legal issues that affect the operation of public schools K-12. (3 credits)

Teaching Writing & Literacy Certificate Courses (Spring 2023) 

EDUC 432: Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing

(February 6–March 18, 2023)

Participants will learn methods for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to student writing in all subject areas. No prerequisites. (3 credits)

ESL Specialist Certificate Courses (Spring/Summer 2023) 

APLNG 493: Teaching English as a Second Language

(January 13–February 5, 2023)

This course focuses on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Specifically, the course explores the multi-dimensional nature of the teacher as a learner of teaching, the contexts within which teaching occurs, and the activities and content of second-language teaching and learning. (3 credits)

WLED 483: Evaluating Performances & Programs with English Language Learners

(February 24–March 19, 2023)

The course will highlight school support services for ESL students such as intake, or initial screening; Local Educational Agency (LEA) systems for ESL students at risk of learning difficulties; Instructional Support Teams (IST); school support policies for the protection of ESL students in IST/staffing; and LEA models for providing instruction in inclusive settings. (3 credits)

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)

Early Summer 2023 Session

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)

Late Summer 2023 Session

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)

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; stress on interpretation, sources, and research reporting. (3 credit course)

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)