Graduate Certificate in Adult & Community Education




Adults learn differently than children, it’s an important fact and it’s important to understand what accounts for these differences and to learn how to teach with them in mind. This online program provides you with greater insight into the unique strategies necessary for effective adult education, plus the scenarios where they can be applied, including workplace training, patient education, and teacher-faculty development. Our distinguished and nationally recognized educational team will lead your collaborative discussions. Each provides diverse and practical knowledge you can use to make a difference in the lives of motivated and passionate adult learners, just like you.

After completion of the graduate certificate, all your credits are transferable to the full Master of Science in Education program as electives. Students interested in Adult and Community Education could use all 15 credits as their electives in the M.S. in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning.

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The flexibility of the program at Concordia has really helped show me that completing my degree can be achieved as an adult learner"
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Goals / Objectives

  • Knowledge of the historical, philosophical, cultural, socio-political, and theoretical foundations for adult education
  • Ability to identify learners’ needs and respond with appropriate strategies
  • Understanding of the needs of diverse adult learners
  • Experience planning and implementing effective practices for the development and delivery of adult learning programs and opportunities
  • Practice in the principles of adult learning to teaching, development, and delivery
  • Ability to integrate concepts of spiritual development into the design of adult learning experiences
  • Skills in administrative areas such as budgeting, marketing, and program planning
  • Willingness to take a servant leadership approach to the administration and management of adult education
  • Ability to analyze the role of current and emerging technology in the education of adult learners, including technology-enhanced, blended, and online learning environments

Career Outlook

  • Education Administrator
  • Corporate Training Specialist
  • Higher-Learning Instructor
  • Education Specialist
  • Grant Writer
  • Student Services Coodinator
  • Mid-level Manager

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Adult and Community Education

Foundations of Adult and Community Education (EDG 963) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Foundations 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.
The Adult Learner (EDG 964) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Adult Learner emphasizes adult developmental and the social context of learning within formal, nonformal and informal settings.
Program Planning for Adult and Community Education (EDG 965) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Program 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.
Strategies for Teaching and Learning with Adult Learners (EDG 966) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Strategies 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.
Leadership and Administration of Adult and Community Education (EDG 967) - Credits: 3

Course Description

- 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.

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