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~ Online Summer Courses ~


Certificate in Family Literacy


Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State


Looking for a fresh perspective, some new activities, or professional development credits? Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education is offering two online courses through the nationally recognized World Campus. These 3-credit post-baccalaureate courses will be offered from May 13 to August 12, 2015


Interactive Literacy and Parent Involvement: Supporting Academic Success (ADTED 459) examines research and practice that focuses on parent involvement and building literacy and language interactions between parents and their young children (including English language learners). 


Adult Literacy (ADTED 457) provides adult and or family literacy practitioners with an overview of adult literacy issues, research, theory, and instructional practices in the context of family literacy and how they pertain to the many roles of parents, workers, and community members.


These research-to-practice courses can enhance the work of educators, reading specialists, counselors, social workers, librarians, literacy volunteers, administrators, professional development specialists, medical workers, parents, and more. 


Registration is now open.  For World Campus admissions, call 800 252-3592 (toll free).


For information about the Certificate, contact Drucie Weirauch directly at or 814 865-6686 or visit


The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Adult Education Program at Penn State-University Park invite applications for a Senior Research Assistant to begin July 1, 2015. Responsibilities include teaching ADTED 456 (Introduction to Family Literacy) online once per year; coordinating with Goodling Institute staff to implement and enhance the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy via the World Campus; assisting with qualitative and/or quantitative research/evaluation and designing research/evaluation tools and protocols; supporting Goodling Institute research and evaluation projects; and providing assistance and developing tools and curricula to help adult and family literacy programs collect, analyze, and use data for program improvement through Pennsylvania’s Management Information System.


Applicants should have at least a Master’s degree in Adult Education or a closely related field, teaching experience, knowledge of adult and/or family literacy scholarship, professional experience in adult and/or family literacy, and experience with conducting research and/or evaluation. Experience with online teaching, familiarity with family literacy practice, research, and policy, and experience with using data collection and analysis for program improvement (e.g., through action research) are also desirable.


Applicants should submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae/resume, and the names, mail and email addresses, and telephone numbers of three academic references. Applications received by April 17, 2015 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.


To apply, please visit and enter job number 56532 in the Keywords field. 


Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Carol Clymer (Chair, Search Committee): cdc22@psu.edu814-865-5876.