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Programs for Educators

The Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda, offers a variety of graduate non-degree courses and a Master's degree program, all designed to meet the continuing education goals of teachers. Courses are selected on the basis of their relevance to professional development requirements established by area school districts. Penn State is an approved Act-48 provider. View the Act 48 reporting instructions.

Courses are scheduled evenings and week-ends at a variety of locations in the Bradford County region during the school year, and in condensed daytime formats during the summer months.

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Educational Technology Integration
  • Providing Services to Youth at Risk
  • English as a Second Language for Teachers
  • Curriculum and Instruction

To view our current offerings, select Graduate Courses in Education. For more information on graduate education courses at the Northern Tier Center contact us at (570) 268-7777 or psnortherntier@psu.edu.


Teaching Writing and Literacy Certificate

This program is designed for K-12 teachers in all content areas including ESL, gifted and special education. Literacy coaches, paraprofessionals, Curriculum Coordinators and school Administrators will also find this program of tremendous value.

Every day technology is changing how we communicate. Thanks to social media, texting, emails, blogging, digital publishing, and the Internet, the role of the written word has become more important than ever. People will make decisions based on how we present ourselves in our writing. By adopting standards that require School Districts to incorporate writing at every level and in every subject, law makers and state officials have stressed just how important it is for our children to be able to write well. This program is designed for Teachers who want to incorporate more quality writing into their curriculum. The program contains twelve core credits plus a 3-credit elective concentration for a 15-credit certificate. These courses may “step up” as electives into PSU Harrisburg’s Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum.

For more information on the Teaching Writing and Literacy program, click here.


Educational Technology Integration Certificate

The purpose of the Educational Technology Integration Certificate for K-12 Educators is to prepare classroom teachers to use technology effectively and efficiently in their classrooms. The program is designed to enable teachers to:

  • Develop skills and competencies in the integration of technology into teaching, learning, and curricula;
  • Develop further expertise in teaching and learning through the use of technology as thinking tools;
  • Identify and solve everyday teaching and learning problems through applications of technology;
  • Develop skills and knowledge needed to direct the use of video and hypermedia in the classroom.

Program requirements include a total 15 Penn State graduate credits.

For more information on the Educational Technology Integration program, click here.

English as a Second Language for Teachers Certificate

Satisfy state certification requirements, then apply the credits you’ve earned toward an advanced degree.  Penn State’s five-course, 15-credit program was designed to help you meet the state’s certification requirements for ESL teachers.  And you can also apply these earned credits toward Penn State’s master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. By completing this program, you’ll enhance your teaching credentials as you help ESL students to improve their English language skills.

For more information on the ESL program, click here.


Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum 

Looking for a Masters Program without a lot of travel? Penn State Harrisburg’s 30-credit Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum is designed to enhance the skills of teachers. The program focuses on three essential components – curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Core courses are delivered online, with electives available during summer sessions at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center in Towanda.

If you are interested in this program and would like more information, send an email to psnortherntier@psu.edu or call 570-268-7778.