Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology for Adult Education

    Program Overview

    The Educational Technology for Adult Education graduate certificate offered at the GSE is designed for individuals who are working or are interested in working in adult education settings and seek to learn to effectively integrate current and developing technologies into their practice. Applicants to the program often come from diverse backgrounds but share the goal of improving their skills and knowledge to better meet the needs of the adult student. Enrolled students will be introduced to approaches for teaching with digital tools, and can expect to dive deeper into topics including web-based multimedia design and the development of digital e-learning environments. Through completion of the required coursework, candidates will acquire a grounding in the practical aspects of the discipline and develop an understanding of the intellectual and research basis for effective practice in the field.

    After completing all of the required courses in the program, students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Courses completed as part of this 12-credit program may also be counted toward a Rutgers Graduate School of Education 30-credit, fully online Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education. Transfer credits are not accepted for this program and no program requirements may be completed at any other institution.

    This program does not include coursework leading to a New Jersey school personnel license. 

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Aug 15 / Dec 15 / May 15

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring / Summer

    Program Level


    Program Type



    100% Online



  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Educational Technology for Adult Education graduate certificate program will begin their study with an introduction to the foundational philosophical, historical, and practical underpinnings of adult education practice. In alignment with the GSE’s mission to Advance Excellence and Equity in Education, students will examine the nature and scope of adult education through exploration of the social contexts, including analyses related to race, class, and gender. Through more specialized coursework, they will come to better understand various online, multimedia tools while exploring how new technologies are changing the educational landscape. Students can expect to learn about theories of learning and how they inform the effective uses of technology in various educational settings. The program will emphasize the types of 21st-century skills that are required to be successful in today’s digital age society, and offers various opportunities to engage in both individual and collaborative, project-based activities that emphasize learning through inquiry.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    12 Graduate Course Credits

    • 3 Credits – Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education or  Understanding the Adult Learner
    • 3 Credits – Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools
    • 3 Credits – Web-based Multimedia Design for Educators
    • 3 Credits – Developing Digital E-Learning Environments

    Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE. Students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Earning a graduate certificate at the GSE allows candidates to advance their understanding of, and earn practical skills pertaining to, adult education and the integration of technology into various learning environments and settings. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as earning a certificate can help students enter into a new specialization they’ve yet to explore, or advance or stay competitive in a space they already have knowledge in. The program offers a comprehensive look at the latest research in the field and in addition to leading to potential career benefits like advancement, role flexibility, or leadership responsibility, it can also serve as a pathway to a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education. 

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement: approximately 1-page in length that describes why the program is relevant to the applicant’s interests for career goals
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation: describing the applicant’s potential to be successful in the program
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not  refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

  • How to Apply

    Current Rutgers University Students:

    All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at

    Non-Rutgers University Students:

    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here:
  • Tuition


    Click here for the New Brunswick Graduate tuition rates.

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