Adult & Community Education

Online Graduate Certificate

Adult & Community Education

This fifteen credit graduate certificate is designed to offer a solid foundation of knowledge and skills needed to develop effective learning environments and opportunities for adult learners in such contexts as workplace training, patient education, teacher and faculty development, adult basic education, adult religious education, continuing professional development, and non-profit community organizations. Graduates will gain valuable competencies in understanding the adult learner, principles of adult learning, program development and evaluation, teaching strategies, and leadership and administration of programs.  Competencies learned in this program can be applied to all situations in which adult development and learning is valuable from mentoring to formal program development in community, government, corporate, educational and non-profit settings. Courses can be taken in any order.

Graduate Certificate Goals

  1. Explain historical, philosophical, cultural, socio-political and theoretical foundations for adult education.
  2. Apply educational and psychological research in order to facilitate effective and promising practices in adult learning.
  3. Analyze the role of current and emerging technology in the education of adult learners; including technology-enhanced, blended, and online learning environments.
  4. Identify appropriate strategies to meet learners’ needs through adult and community education programming.
  5. Integrate concepts of spiritual development into the design of adult learning experiences.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of diverse adult learners.
  7. Apply effective adult education leadership and administrative knowledge and skills.
  8. Apply a wide variety of effective strategies for teaching adults.
  9. Create appropriate curricula and other applications for a range of adult learner populations and contexts.

Adult and Community Education

15 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
EDG 963Foundations of Adult and Community EducationFoundations of Adult and Community Education introduces adult learning principles and varying philosophical and historical approaches to adult and community education, within a broad range of contexts including: human resource development, job training, higher education, and community organizations.3
EDG 964The Adult LearnerThe Adult Learner emphasizes adult developmental and the social context of learning within formal, nonformal and informal settings.3
EDG 965Program Planning for Adult and Community EducationProgram Planning for Adult and Community Education provides an overview of the steps and processes of effective practice in program development including needs assessment, program design and delivery, transfer of learning, program evaluation, and marketing.3
EDG 966Strategies for Teaching and Learning with Adult LearnersStrategies for Teaching and Learning with Adult Learners emphasizes approaches to instruction and facilitation of learning in adult and community contexts. Given a particular learning need, students develop a portion of a program for a specific adult population.3
EDG 967Leadership and Administration of Adult and Community Education- Leadership and Administration of Adult and Community Education frames the vocation of adult educators as servant leadership. Students develop administrative knowledge and skill in areas such as staff selection, effective delivery practices, using technology, marketing and budgeting.3