School for Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Adult Learning

The Master of Arts in Adult Learning is designed for students who work with adult learners in various settings including: adult basic education programs (GED completion), literacy programs, higher education, community or corporate educational training programs, and for those interested in adult learning for social change and community engagement.

The program provides a solid grounding in the field of adult learning, focusing on theories of adult learning and modeling best principles and practices.

A blend of theory and application, the fully online degree program provides multiple options for individualized study and program design to respond to the unique needs and interests of learners. As a student in the program, your critical awareness of yourself as a learner will be deepened within a collaborative and supportive community of diverse mentors and peers.

Program Design

This 36 credit hour program is taught through online instruction.  Students customize their degree plan with a focus approved by program faculty to ensure relevance and alignment with a final project.

Required Courses

  • Rethinking Experience and Learning (3 credits)
  • Learning and Development in Contemporary Adulthood (3 credits)
  • Strategies for Effective Adult Learning (3 credits)
  • Approaches to Critical Inquiry and Research (3 credits)

Elective Courses and Final Project

You choose six elective courses (18 credits) to reflect your interests and to reinforce the individual focus of your degree. You are encouraged to use your electives to build a concentration around your final project topic. Many students choose to incorporate one of the advanced certificates into their master’s degree as their focus area.

The M.A. in Adult Learning also provides the opportunity for graduate-level assessment of knowledge (maximum of 6 credits) that can be incorporated into your degree program.

The final project is a concrete, focused task in the field of adult learning that informs learning goals.

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Have Questions?

If you are unsure which graduate program is most appropriate for your educational goals, please contact the School for Graduate Studies at 800-847-3000, ext. 2429 or grad@esc.edu, or attend one of our online or in-person information sessions