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Program Overview

This degree gives you the credential to move your career from “doing” to “teaching.” The program offers a meaningful opportunity to study with your peers: adults with substantial work experience. Not only will you learn from the professors and curriculum, but also from the students’ real-world perspectives. And you can learn online from wherever you need to be and when it’s convenient.

  • You may be able to receive credit for life and work experience through a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. You may also be able to receive transfer credit for previous college courses.
  • You’ll save more with a special reduced tuition rate.
  • All courses are completely online.
  • You will have support every step of the way with professors, advisors and tutoring.
  • You’ll be connected to a community of peers in a variety of organizations and industries.
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Graduates of this program may work as:

  • Trainers for volunteers in nonprofit organizations
  • Teachers for adult learners in workforce development, literacy or personal development programs
  • Training or development staff in the government or private sectors
  • Training or development staff for companies in any industry, including manufacturing and technology
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Learning Experiences

This degree program emphasizes the application of adult learning theory to the design, implementation and assessment of adult training programs across a diverse set of organizations.

Student studying remotely online


The curriculum focuses on:

  • Methods, presentation techniques and digital resources to develop and facilitate adult learning experiences
  • Assessment strategies for workforce development programs in various fields and contexts
  • Exploration of a variety of philosophical backgrounds to understand common ethical teaching in multicultural settings

This degree has a total of 120 credit hours, with requirements in three categories: core curriculum, major and minor.

Major Course Requirements

  • EDAE 101 Introduction to Leadership for the Adult Learner (3 credit hours)
  • EDAE 102 Study Skills for Adult Learners (3)
  • EDAE 301 Methods of Teaching Adults (3)
  • EDAE 307 Program Planning for Community Adult Educational Service Agencies (3)
  • EDAE 403 Assessment of Workforce Development (3)
  • EDAE 405 Instructional Design and Adult Learning Theory in Developing Adult Learning Environments (3)
  • EDAE 412 Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • EDAE 415 Social Science Research Skills for Leaders (3)
  • EDAE 418 Ethical Leadership in Workplace Training (3)  
  • EDAE 431 Capstone in Organizational Training (3)
  • COMM 101 Human Communication (3)
  • COMM 333 Leadership Communication (3)
  • MATH 108 Introductory Statistics (3)
  • MIS 221 Information Technology (3)
  • PHIL 220 Practical Thinking (3)
  • PSYCH 224 Psychology of Aging (3)
  • SOC 150 Introduction to Social Justice (3)
  • SOC 301 Race, Ethnic and Minority Issues (3)

Minor in Ethics (15 hours)

Philosophy ethics course (choose 2):

  • PHIL 210 Philosophy of Human Nature (3)
  • PHIL 215 Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 280 Applied Ethics (3)

Religion ethics course (choose 2):

  • REL 109 Exploring Christian Ethics (3)
  • REL 220 Taking Human Life (3)
  • REL 308 Faith and Society (3)
  • REL 401 Seminar in Christian Ethics (3)

Any approved ethics course (Course will be approved by the Ethics Minor Committee. See either department chair for the list.)

Contact Information

Yolonda Sanders, Ph.D.
Program Director, Professional Instructor