Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education
Office of the Bureau Director
The Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education is responsible for:
coordinating the overisght of educational institutions including colleges, universities, seminaries, professional schools and private postsecondary career and technical schools;
administering initiatives aimed at improving access to postsecondary education in the commonwealth;
coordinating Pennsylvania's college credit transfer system;
serving as the Department's liaison to the commonwealth's 14 community colleges;
administering the commonwealth adult and family literacy education program
The bureau consists of three divisions, as well as several distinct programs and initiatives.
Division of Higher and Career Education
The Division of Higher and Career Education assists postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania with offering degree programs as well as help new institutions form. For more information call (717) 783-8228 or email RA-COLLUNIVSEMINFO@pa.gov.
The Division of Higher and Career Education also licenses and regulates private, postsecondary career and trade schools in Pennsylvania. Most of the schools offer certificate or diploma programs though some are authorized to grant specialized associate degrees. For more information, call (717) 783-8228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Division of Veterans/Military Education
The Division of Veterans/Military Education approves postsecondary schools, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and licensure/certification examinations so that eligible veterans, reservists and dependents can use their G.I. Bill benefits. For more information, call (717) 787-2414 or email RA-VetEd@pa.gov.
The Division of Adult Education
The Division of Adult Education directs and administers adult basic education and literacy programs throughout the Commonwealth; administers the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma and general Educational Development® (GED) programs; and coordinates federal and state adult basic and literacy education grant programs. For more information, call (717) 787-5532 or email email@example.com.
Bureau Programs and Initiatives
The bureau oversees several specially-funded initiatives aimed at increasing student access to higher education and helping students complete their postsecondary goals.