Pennsylvania State University—​World Campus

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Master of Education in Adult Education Master of Education in Earth Sciences
Master of Professional Studies in Art Education Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Teacher Leadership Option
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Emphasis in Children's Literature Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology - Educational Technology Option
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Penn State, a school with more than a decade of excellence in online learning, offers five graduate degrees in education from our College of Education, which is regularly ranked among the nation’s best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. Students gain knowledge and skills that are immediately applicable by learning from the same nationally recognized faculty who teach on campus. There is no distinction on the diplomas that credits were earned through online education.

School type Public
Grad programs NCATE accredited Yes
Grad programs TEAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Advanced degree programs offered
Education Specialist N/A
Ph.D. N/A
Ed.D. N/A
Online master's in education degree programs 6
Concentrations offered
Curriculum and Instruction Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Educational Administration and Supervision Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Educational/Instructional Media Design Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Educational Psychology
Categories of study offered to master's students
Teaching track Yes
Counseling/Psychology track N/A
Administration track Yes
Research/Policy track Yes

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 60


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 29 full-time; 14 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 97% full-time; 36% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 18
Average experience teaching online courses 4 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 42 full-time; 6 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 11
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.0 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree N/A

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