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. Students can also incorporate an advanced certificate into their degree program and earn a second credential.

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

  • ADLC 6005 - Rethinking Experience and Learning in Adulthood (3 credits)
  • ADLC 6010 - Learning and Development in Contemporary Adulthood (3 credits)
  • ADLC 6015 - Strategies for Effective Adult Learning (3 credits)
  • ADLC 6020 - 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. It is important to note that the total number of transfer credit and graduate-level assessment combined cannot exceed 9 credits.

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