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M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies Adult Education and Training Specialization

With a master’s degree focused on adult education and training, you will be equipped to plan, deliver, and manage adult learning programs in your current – or dream – field or organization. Choose from an on-campus program (classes in the evenings) or online delivery.

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What You'll Learn

The combination of practical assignments and experiences with current adult learning theory will prepare you to understand and apply your knowledge and expertise to help others pursue lifelong learning.

Project-based assignments ensure you’ll gain real-world knowledge, and be able to immediately apply this knowledge to your current work. You will engage in individual and collaborative projects designed to reflect the realities of today’s workforce.

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Our Graduate Programs Coordinator can answer any questions you have.

Specialize in Adult Education and Training

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You’ll be able to think critically and strategically about learning programs, and why they’re important to adult learners

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You’ll know how to design and develop your instructional materials and learning programs

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You’ll be able to determine what instruction methods will be most successful for which learners, and how to use various technologies effectively in your learning program

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You’ll understand how learning transfer works, how to assess learners, and how to evaluate your programs to ensure your students meet the desired learning outcomes

You've got knowledge and experience People Look to You for Content Expertise

You want those in your field and organization to have the best education and training, so they’re prepared with the skill sets they need to be successful.

You tend to ask critical questions about how people learn best and why.

You aren’t satisfied with the status quo in learning, and continually think of ways to improve learning programs and processes.

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Regardless of your career aspirations, you will leave this program prepared to meet a wide variety of opportunities, such as:

  • A totally new career
  • A new role in your current organization
  • A new role in a new organization
  • Application to doctoral programs

You’ll leave the program with a collection of practical examples that will speak to your understanding of the theory and how to apply it to real-world environments.

You’ll become a critically reflective practitioner, able to conduct and communicate workplace research as it relates to and informs the field of adult learning and training.

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Interested in adult education and training, but not ready to pursue a degree?

We offer two graduate-level certificates, delivered online or on-campus – you choose the option that best fits your life. Taught by our adult education and training faculty, these certificates will help you build your skills in specific aspects of adult education, giving you the knowledge you need for your current role, to move into a different role, or to change your career completely.

Graduate Certificate in Adult Basic Education

Interested in growing your basic skills as an adult educator?

This four-course series (12 credits) will help you to become a better practitioner of adult teaching and learning.

Additionally, these four courses also fulfill the Colorado Department of Education’s Adult Basic Education Authorization credential requirements for educators in Colorado. To learn more about this credential, including application instructions, please visit the Colorado Department of Education site.

Online curriculum available on the CSU Online – Adult Basic Education site. On-campus curriculum available in the CSU General Catalog – Adult Basic Education page.

Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Adult Learning

Interested in developing your ability to help adult learners?

This four-course series (12 credits) will teach you a variety of facilitation techniques and strategies you can implement in adult training and education environments, helping your students meet desired learning outcomes.

Online curriculum available on the CSU Online – Facilitating Adult Learning site. On-campus curriculum available in the CSU General Catalog – Facilitating Adult Learning page.

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Graduate Program Resources Useful Links

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Our graduate programs have slightly different application requirements. Get all the details for your application here.

There are a number of funding opportunities available for our graduate programs.

Learn about our dedicated faculty and their areas of interest.

Learn how your graduate degree will lead to your next career.

View our Accreditation Documentation

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