Adult Learning and Leadership Graduate Programs

In today’s rapidly changing world, organizations need employees with expertise in teaching and leading others. An adult learning and leadership degree or graduate certificate helps practitioners who work with adults as educators, trainers, facilitators, advisors, managers, or leaders further enhance their knowledge and skills.

A focus on common issues and challenges encountered in learning and leadership situations prepares graduates for a wide variety of positions in corporate, community, and higher education organizations.

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  • Adult Learning and Leadership Master's Degree
    The 33-credit hour master's degree helps working adults from a wide variety of professions become better educators, trainers, facilitators, program planners, managers, and leaders.

  • Adult Learning and Leadership Doctoral Programs
    There are two doctoral program choices – the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). The Ph.D. prepares students for careers as college or university faculty members or administrators and is useful in other educational or corporate settings where the application of adult learning principles and theories and research are important. The Ed.D. prepares students for administrative or faculty positions in higher education or corporate settings where applying theory to practice is paramount.

Graduate Certificates

A graduate certificate is a perfect way to add a new or deeper level of expertise to your credentials or prepare for an alternate career. Because courses are 8 weeks long, most certificates can be completed in 12-18 months.

  • Leadership Dynamics for Adult Learners Graduate Certificate (Online)
    This program is designed for working professionals who aspire to be leaders or have found themselves in a leadership position and want to be more effective leading and interacting with people. By focusing on the human aspects of leadership, students are better prepared to motivate, engage, build, and lead effective teams.

  • Adult Learning Graduate Certificate (Online)
    This program is perfect for working professionals who would like to expand their skills in the areas of instructional methods, curriculum design, program evaluation, and adult learning theories and principles. If you are teaching adults or facilitating workshops, this is an excellent certificate to enhance your skill set.

  • Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate (Online)
    This program focuses on the principles of social justice education that promote equitable, sustainable, and transformative change in various formal and non-formal educational settings. It provides an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, rigorous and sustained inquiry into social justice education and the complex relationships between educational, cultural, economic, political and social structures and educational policies and practices.
    Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate Scholarship Application (PDF)

Adult Learning and Leadership Graduate Programs

Dr. Royce Ann Collins
Department Chair
362 Bluemont Hall