Pennsylvania State University

World Campus

Master of Education in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education


State College, PA 16801

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Adult Education, Adult Basic Education and Distance Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

Penn State offers a highly respected comprehensive adult education portfolio, which is available in an online format.  The portfolio includes a master of education with options and certificates in adult basic education and distance education.

The 30-credit Lifelong Learning and Adult Education master's program is designed to bring together working professionals from a variety of fields, including adult and family literacy, continuing professional education, corporate training, distance education, and education technology. The format fosters a collaborative environment that benefits from the diverse skills and experiences of our students; the program's primary goal is to enhance your understanding of the needs of today's adult learners.  Students can choose from the base program or two options in Adult Basic Education and Distance Education.

The corresponding 12-credit certificates in ABE and distance education may be taken simultaneously or as a step-up into the master’s program if you apply and are granted admission.


Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 33

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $784 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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