Adult Learning and Continuing Education

While getting a degree may be the catalyst you need to get ahead in life, it can be difficult for adults to find the time to attend classes while juggling a family and a career. Don't stop your life! Alvernia University has the flexibility you want and the degree you need to move ahead in a demanding world.

Alvernia offers flexible scheduling with weekend and night classes, personal attention from a caring and supportive faculty, and convenient locations

We are the area’s leader in adult education, helping thousands of working adults realize their professional goals and offering convenience and excellence in adult continuing education since 1985. Whatever your goals and dreams, they are attainable. Our faculty and staff are here to help you every step of the way with getting your degree.

In addition, all of our for credit / degree programs are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Adult Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Programs

Alvernia’s undergraduate Adult Education programs are offered in an online and/or hybrid format and cannot accommodate a F-1 student visa at this time. International students looking to enroll in our online programs from their home country will need to have a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Students must also submit proof of English proficiency. Information about admissions requirements for graduate programs can be found on the Admissions Adult Education Page-International Applicants page.

Adult Bachelor’s Degree ProgramsReadingPhiladelphiaPottsville
Addictions & Mental Health Treatment
Criminal Justice Administration
Early Childhood Education (PK-4) and Early Childhood Education (PK-4) with Special Ed Certification (PK-12)   
Healthcare Administration
Healthcare Science
Human Resources Management  
Liberal Studies 
RN-BSN Completion Program 
Social Work  

Academic Certificates

Academic Certificates are for- credit sequence of courses that are academically designed to prepare students to meet the state license/certification for their respective discipline and field to take the next progression within their careers.  Academic Certificates are stackable and can be completed on its own or to build on to a Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree.  Academic certificates include: 

Entry level 

Addictions and Mental Health Treatment Certificate 

Post Baccalaureate Level (Graduate)


Certificate in Leadership   



Advanced Education Certifications in ESL

Program Specialist Certificate English as a Second Language Certification Curriculum – prepares students for Level II Certification from PDE

Certificate in Disabilities and Inclusive Communities


Administrative Certificates

Principal Certification (PK-12)   

Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility  



Certificate in Nursing Education

Certificate in Nursing Leadership 


Not sure which degree is right for you? Make an appointment with an enrollment coordinator today. We’ll help you figure out which degree is a match for your goals and interests.

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