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Continuing Education/Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

For a list of certificate programs, conferences, workshops, courses, and online learning opportunities at Penn State go to www.outreach.psu.edu/ce/


Outreach Partnerships


Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Classrooms and Differentiating Instruction (EPIC) is a new initiative from the Special Education program designed to train special education teachers to hone their skills to meet the demands of all students in the classroom. The course uses multiple approaches to teaching, including DVD courses, collaborative online activities, and supplemental reading materials.

Pre-service and practicing classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools will benefit from this 9-credit series. The DVDs feature professors from the College that teach in their specialty areas within the field. The professors address special education law, academic issues, behavior management, student progress, among other current issues in the field. To ensure the most success, the professors teach cutting-edge research in an effort to turn theory into practice.

In addition to the DVD lectures, the courses include a binder with course materials, syllabi, and a class schedule. The course engages teachers to use interactive collaboration with other colleagues. Faculty are available to answer questions. For more information, visit www.outreach.psu.edu/cape/epic/.


Sheppard School Initiative

In the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Penn State faculty and students are working to improve the lives of elementary school pupils at the Isaac Sheppard Elementary School. By utilizing theories from research in technology, family literacy, parental involvement, and behavior management, the initiative is fostering an effective change for the Sheppard School.


The goals of the collaborative include the following: (1) improve the educational experience for the students at Sheppard, (2) prepare the students for success in the 21st century, (3) engage the parents meaningfully in the education of their children, (4) connect the school and community, (5) engage other partners to address community needs that inhibit learning, (6) enhance the performance of teachers and future teachers, and (7) understand how to develop effective university-to-school partnerships between urban schools and remote universities.

The Sheppard School incorporates a comprehensive approach to education, aiming to impact the community, students, and families. For more information, contact Robin Clausen, coordinator of the Urban Teaching Collaborative, at rlc237@psu.edu.


Autism Conference

Each August, the College of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education team up to present the annual National Autism Conference. This conference provides comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist educators, other professionals, and families in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders.

Guest speakers and university faculty from across the nation spend five days in State College discussing the latest practical applications for students with autism. Researchers present for-credit courses for continuing education. Faculty, physicians, pathologists, administrators, staff, teachers, and special education professionals, as well as family members, can benefit from attending the conference.

Scholarship applications, archived webcasts, future dates and locations, additional resources, and more information is available at www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/autism/.

Penn State also offers a two-credit course, which also can be taken without credit. “Students with Autism in Inclusive Settings” is available at more than twenty Penn State locations. The course recommends materials, methods, and classroom modifications that will help educators and professionals make a positive impact on the autistic students in an inclusive-classroom setting. More information is available at www.outreach.psu.edu/cape/autisminclusive/.


Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE)

Penn State Continuing and Professional Education programs offer educators a variety of professional development and continuing education programs. For example, students can earn a master's degree, learn about technology in the classroom, or obtain certification for teaching English as a second language. Some programs are offered for graduate credit and all are Act 48 approved. Visit www.outreach.psu.edu/cape/default-education.htm for more information.


Degree and Certificate Programs Available Through Continuing Education

Penn State Continuing Education offers programs for adults throughout Pennsylvania for students seeking certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees. The programs are relevant to adults seeking career change, professional development, and degree completion. Students can mix online courses with classroom courses to create a schedule that fits their schedule. For more information, and a list of all available programs, visit www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/psu4you/.

World Campus

Penn State’s World Campus offers 13 online master's degree and certificate programs to help students achieve their career goals. There is a wide variety of programs to choose from for those interested in education. All of these programs and courses can be counted toward Act 48 professional development credits. For a list of programs, registration details, and more information, visit www.worldcampus.psu.edu/StudentServices_Teachers.shtml.


Outreach Contacts (College of Education)

Dr. Gregory J. Kelly
Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology
College of Education
Penn State University
241 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
Ph:  814-863-1489 / Email: gjk13@psu.edu


Heather Decker
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office of Research, Outreach, and Technology
College of Education
Penn State University
241 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
Ph: 814-863-1489 / Email: had3@psu.edu