Does your school district require you to pursue professional development? Are you looking for Act 48 credits in your particular educational focus? Penn State University serves educators across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with diverse courses ranging from workshops to online and in-class instruction.
Penn State is an approved provider for both credit and noncredit programs. Our diverse offerings, locations, and delivery modes can help you meet Act 48 requirements.
You can also work towards a credit certificate in Teaching Writing and Literacy, or get a Mathematics Coach endorsement. In addition, many of our graduate courses transfer into Penn State Harrisburg’s online Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum program.
Early Spring 2021 (January 26 - March 12, 2021)
EDUC 470W: Higher Order Thinking for Educators
This required course focuses on three primary objectives. The first objective is to develop students' metacognitive, critical thinking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving and reflection skills. A second objective is for students to become aware of ways to increase the higher order thinking of children in the elementary classroom. The third objective is to improve the students' ability to write critical thinking/reflection papers on educational problems and issues. (3 credits)
EDUC 477: Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers
The primary goals of the course are to increase the participants' understanding of special learning problems and to provide participants with teaching techniques for helping struggling K-12 readers and writers. Emphasis is placed on improving these students' reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (3 credits)
SPLED 412: Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
Appropriate teaching strategies, curriculum sequences, and materials selection and evaluation for children with mild special needs. (3 credits)
EDUC 463: Teaching with Modern Web Technologies
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. Class participants apply resources available through the Web to content from the topics of educational foundations, learning theories, curriculum development, educational assessment and evaluation, and educational research. The impact that the Web and technology in general have had on the educational experience of both teachers and students, including the working relationship between the two, is also a main focus. (3 credits)
Late Spring 2021 (March 15 - April 30, 2021)
EDUC 484: School Law for Teachers
This course will focus on increasing teacher awareness of law and how it impacts on daily performance and job security. (3 credits)
EDUC 425: Literacy Assessment
This course emphasizes alternative literacy measures focusing on portfolio assessment and performance assessments. (3 credits)
EDUC 464: Technology and the Learning Process
This course evaluates the relationship between technology-based resources and learning theories through design, implementation, and evaluation of online instructional modules. (3 credits)
SPLED 461: Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course will center on working with individuals having Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) in educational and related settings. Topics include an overview of characteristics and diagnosis, ethical issues in treatment, assessment, the use of science in treatment approaches, working effectively with families, and strategies for successful inclusion of students with ASD/PDD in integrated settings.(3 credits)
With courses delivered remotely through a combination of Zoom class sessions and online assignments, this is the perfect time to upgrade your professional qualifications right from the comfort and convenience of your own home. So sign up for a course today!
Please contact 570-963-2509 or email [email protected] for information.
How to Apply
Non-degree seeking applicants who want to take graduate-level courses for personal enrichment, professional development, or later want to apply for graduate degree status, can seek admission as a non-degree student in order to register for these classes.
Considering a master’s degree program?
The core courses of Penn State Harrisburg’s 30-credit Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum are delivered online. Why not take a course with an “EDUC” prefix, as it may transfer into the program as an elective?