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Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center, located in Bradford County, was established in 1986 under the direction of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education Department. The mission of the Northern Tier Center is to extend the resources of the University to Bradford and Sullivan Counties, which are largely rural areas of Northeast Pennsylvania not readily accessible to a Penn State campus.

Services for Companies

Continuing Education at the Northern Tier Center offers many services to companies in Bradford and Sullivan counties to help them develop their workforce and competitive advantage. See the Business & Industry section for more information.

Programming for Educators

Graduate courses for educators are a major component of the Northern Tier’s programming effort. These courses are designed primarily for teachers who are working towards permanent certification and satisfying Act 48 requirements. Penn State is an approved Act-48 provider.

Professional Development

Continuing Education at Penn State Wilkes-Barre has a wide range of offerings for individuals seeking to improve their professional skills.  Non-credit courses, professional certifications, credit certificates, and graduate-level courses are all available.  Several programs are offered on a regular schedule, while others are offered as demand arises.


Upcoming Programs at the Northern Tier Center

Non-Credit Programs

Real Estate Licensing Preparation Courses

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center  offers the 60 hours of pre-licensing coursework required by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission for persons desiring Real Estate Salesperson licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Real Estate Fundamentals (R EST 5016A) This course will introduce you to the language, principles, and laws that govern the language of real estate in Pennsylvania. Mondays, September 12- November 14, 2016 6:00-9:00 pm.

Real Estate Practice (R EST 5017A) This course is an introduction to all facets of the real estate business, including a survey of areas of specialization, with emphasis on the role of a real estate agent in residential brokerage.
Wednesdays,  September 14-November 16, 2016 6:00-9:00 pm.

The registration fee for each course is $189 per person.  One textbook is used for both courses and is the responsibility of the participant. Please call our office at 570-268-7778 to register or register online.

Credit Courses

Graduate Courses for Educators - Starting Fall 2016

C I 405: Strategies in Classroom Management (3 credits)
This course has been designed to engage students in in-depth examination of the process of creating and sustaining a classroom learning community that fosters and enables success for all children. Emphasis is placed on understanding a variety of theoretical models of classroom management as well as observing and studying individual children to develop a better understanding of their needs. The result should be the development of a coherent set of beliefs concerning the creation of classroom learning environments that support learners and meet their individual needs.
Meets on Sept 20, Oct 4, and Oct 18; 5:00 –7:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda.  The remainder of the course will be online.

EDUC 452: Teaching Writing (3 credits)
Techniques for teaching the writing process, kindergarten through grade 12, including writing in content areas; workshop format.
Meets on Sept 21, Oct 5, and Oct 19; 5:00 –8:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

EDUC 458: Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
Well-organized and effectively managed classrooms provide task-focused instructional environments where students are actively engaged in learning. The inclusion of exceptional learners in the general education classroom has brought the need for a unique set of knowledge and skills to promote student task engagement and prosocial behavior. Topics to be addressed include: characteristics and specific (or unique) needs of exceptional learners and their effect on student learning; components of effective classroom organization and management; principles of applied behavior analysis and research-based behavior management strategies appropriate for use with exceptional learners in the secondary classroom. Online

EDUC 472: Teaching Reading Through the Content Areas (3 credits)
Designed to enable teachers of content areas to improve the reading/study skills needed by their students.
Meets on Nov 11, Nov 15, and Dec 6; 5:00 –8:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

SS ED 470: Teaching Social Studies Across the Content Areas (3 credits)
Concentration on particular issues, trends, and developments in the social studies.
Meets on Nov 3, Nov 17, and Dec 1; 5:00 –7:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

Please visit our Penn State website for the most up to date listing of graduate courses or contact our office.

Certificate Programs

Rehabilitation & Human Services Certificate (12 credits)

Introduction to Psychology Certificate (9 credits)

Financial Accounting Certificate (6 credits) Starting Sept 12, 2016
Complete the certificate is just 15 weeks.

Leadership for Engineers (8-9 credits)

Please contact the Penn State Northern Tier Center office directly if you have questions or would like to register for any of our courses.

Penn State Northern Tier Center
120 Career Center Lane
Towanda, PA 18848
Phone: (570) 268-7778
Fax: (570) 268-7779