As a student at Penn State Great Valley, you receive professional development classes and workshops at no extra cost through our unique Professional Development Opportunity program.
How It Works
Professional development courses can cost hundreds—even thousands—of dollars, but as a student you are able to take them at no extra cost. With every graduate course you complete toward your degree, you earn one Professional Development Opportunity (PDO). PDOs can be applied toward almost all professional development courses or workshops at Penn State Great Valley. (NOTE: PDOs do not cover the cost of books and course materials and are valid for three years post graduation.)
Please note: PDOs earned can only be applied to noncredit certificates, courses, and workshops that are hosted by Penn State Great Valley and cannot be used in conjunction with any other Penn State campus' courses or programs.
Almost all Professional Development courses and workshops are PDO eligible.
"The PDOs that I earned for each class taken at Penn State Great Valley are a great opportunity for additional learning and professional certification. The classes are interesting, dynamic and interactive and the instruction is top notch."
- James Dzomba