Adult and Continuing Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Adult Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • Hybrid
  • Online
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree


The Ed.M. program for Adult and Continuing Education is designed for individuals working in educational, non-profit, community-based, health care and corporate settings who wish to develop the knowledge and skills for designing, implementing, assessing, and evaluating learning experiences in formal and informal settings for adults. Now available both 100% online and as a hybrid program.

The 30-credit program is designed to develop conceptual and practical understanding of the adult learner, how to plan classes and programs that are best suited to meet the needs of adult learners, and how to create learning contexts that can encourage sustained learning and productive change in a variety of context in which adults learn.


Adult & Continuing Education Online Certificates:
Program Objective
Graduates of this program will have a conceptual and practical understanding of how to design, implement, and evaluate courses and programs that appropriately meet the needs of diverse adult learners in a range of learning and organizational contexts. Additionally, graduates will learn how to be effective learning facilitators and change agents who can build and sustain a learning organization and lead change efforts informed by organizational and learner data.
Program Outcomes
Students will:
  • know the historical, philosophical, theoretical, and social roots of the field of adult education
  • understand the learning needs and characteristics of diverse adult learners
  • be able to plan, design, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities that are appropriate for adult learners in a variety of contexts
  • have the leadership skills to build and sustain a learning organization and guide organizational change efforts
  • understand how to use data to inform planning and change initiatives
Learn more about the program from Dr. Alisa Belzer:

Learn more about the program from ACE students:



Students must submit a personal statement outlining their goals related to obtaining an Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education, undergraduate transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and a program application.  Students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must submit evidence of the potential to successfully complete the program (e.g,. GRE scores).
Applications for the online and hybrid programs can be completed online at the Graduate Admissions website.


Required Courses (21 credits)

Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education Understanding the Adult Learner
Learning and Teaching for Adults in Global Contexts  
Organizational Leadership and Change Management Creating and Sustaining a Learning Organization
Designing Training for Adults Applied Research in Adult Education: Planning, Assessing, and Evaluating Programs for Adults

Electives (9 credits)

Optional Areas of Specialization

Adult ESL and Literacy Education (See also Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Adult ESL and Literacy Education.)

ESL, Low Literacy and the Adult Learner: Mapping the Field Effective Reading and Writing Instruction for Adult Basic Education
Effective Reading and Writing Instruction for GED and Developmental College Students  

Educational Technology (See also Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology and Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology for Adult Education.)

Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools Developing Digital e-Learning Environments
Web-based Multimedia Design for Educators  

Higher Education (See also Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching.)

Fundamentals of College Teaching College Course Design for Adults
Feedback and Assessment in Higher Education  

Human Resources Development (See also Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Development.)

Foundations of Human Resources Development Career and Workforce Development
Human Resources Development: Profession and Practice  


Program Requirements

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.
A complete listing of degree requirements for the program are available for download:
Degree requirements are also available at the Office of Student and Academic Services.
If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Alisa Belzer.



Frequently Asked Questions about the Adult and Continuing Education programs can be found here: ACE FAQ.