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Learn to Teach Adults in TROY’s Adult Education Programs

Teaching adult learners is a fulfilling experience, whether it’s in a college classroom or a workplace training program. Adult learners have a wealth of knowledge, experience and insights to share with others, which creates an engaging learning environment for both students and educators. If you want to help adults achieve their academic and professional goals, TROY’s adult education programs can help you focus your career in that direction.

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“Troy University's Adult Education Program benefits anyone who intends to work with the adult population, whether in an educational setting, human resource environment, or even general training contexts. This program helped me understand different aspects of what makes adult learners unique and how to tailor my teaching strategy and leadership style to ensure adults can meet their potential. The program changed my perspectives towards adult learners in ways I did not expect, but it will significantly assist me in a career where I work with adult learners daily. I would highly recommend this program!”
Tori Spry | M.S. Adult Education, Instructional Technology

Adult Education Degrees That Fit Your Goals

Earn a versatile graduate degree that allows you to work with adult learners in higher education, the workforce and beyond. With two tracks and thesis and non-thesis options, our master’s in adult education programs allow you to tailor your education to your career goals and interests. Choose the Curriculum Design and Instructional Technologies track if you want to work closely with adult learners in instructional roles, design educational materials, manage educational technologies or work in colleges and universities. Or, choose the Leadership in Workforce Development track to teach adults in workplace settings to develop leadership skills, understand organizational behavior and more.

Earn Your Master’s in Adult Education Online in as Little as a Year

Learn adult education theory and practices in a flexible format designed for working professionals. Our adult education programs can be completed from anywhere and according to the schedule that works for you. Offered in 9-week sessions over five academic terms, the adult education master’s programs position you to complete your degree in a year, if desired. You may also pause coursework and resume the following term if you need time away for family, work or other commitments.
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M.S. in Adult Education Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year and depending on your chosen concentration, coursework for the master’s degree in adult education includes:
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Adult Education Program Locations

Get the flexibility you need by earning your master’s in adult education online. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

Post-Master’s Adult Education Certificate Programs

If you already hold a master’s degree in adult education or a related field, you can pursue a post-master’s certificate in a specialization that fits your interests. Whether you want to use innovative technologies to teach adult learners, design and evaluate adult learning programs or learn how to work with organizations, TROY offers several ways to help you reach your goals. 

Certificates in adult education can include coursework in curriculum and instruction, leadership, organizational development, instructional technology and workforce development. Like our master’s in adult education students, you’ll have access to dedicated faculty, project-based learning experiences and courses designed for working professionals.
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Adult Education Careers

TROY’s adult education programs qualify you for fulfilling careers in higher education, curriculum design, corporate settings and many others. Our graduates have gone on to work in higher education, nonprofit organizations, military environments, healthcare organizations, corporate consulting and many others.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Joe Reynolds

Dr. Joe Reynolds

Dr. Joe Reynolds is the Program Coordinator for Adult Education and has expertise in professional military instruction, curriculum design and workforce development. He earned his Ed.S. from TROY and his Ed.D. from Auburn University.

Adult Education Program Options

Choose from two master’s degree programs and four post-master’s certificates in adult education to broaden your career options.
M.S. in Adult Education: Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology

Develop your ability to design, implement and evaluate adult education programs for a wide range of learning environments. You’ll learn instructional design processes, teaching strategies, and evaluation methods that prepare you to work in community, post-secondary, workplace or government settings. Coursework includes instructional technologies, eLearning design and development, strategies for teaching adults, educational evaluation and more. 

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M.S. in Adult Education: Leadership in Workforce Development

Become a globally minded leader who can apply knowledge from real-world situations to adult learning environments. This concentration is designed for professionals who want to develop leadership competencies that can be applied in a variety of settings and situations, including private, nonprofit, public, military and healthcare industries. In this concentration, you’ll study workforce management, organizational development, training, workforce development, personnel planning and organizational change. 

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Adult Education Certificate: Curriculum and Instructional Design

This certificate in adult education focuses on the unique aspects of adult learning and how they impact curriculum and instructional design for adult learners. Once you've earned your certificate, you'll also be able to identify methods of evaluating adult education programs. Coursework includes adult learning and development, curriculum development and instructional design.

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Adult Education Certificate: Instructional Technology

This certificate focuses on the distinctive aspects of adult education, including development, learning theory and historical foundations. You’ll also learn to use state-of-the-art technologies and innovative strategies in adult education curricula. Once you've completed this certificate program, you'll know how to develop curricula to create effective, efficient, and engaging instruction in any content area and with any medium, including live instruction. 

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Adult Education Certificate: Leadership Studies

This certificate in adult education teaches you how to develop and implement an organizational vision and short, long, emergency and strategic plans. With this certificate, you'll gain an understanding of how organizations function and be able to use this knowledge with a wide variety of stakeholders. You'll also come away with innovative ideas to support organizational change and progress. 

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Adult Education Certificate: Workforce Development

Gain an understanding of workforce development policies and systems in the United States and develop your skills in the design, management and evaluation of adult education programs. Upon receiving this certificate, you'll understand business models and concepts, along with the needs, characteristics and learning styles of the U.S. labor force. You’ll also be able to collect, analyze and interpret labor market data and trends. 

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TROY Military and Family Scholarship

If you served in the United States military and want to pursue an adult education master’s degree, you may qualify for TROY’s Military and Family scholarship. Designed to make college more affordable for military students and their families, the scholarship reduces tuition to $250 per credit hour. We are excited to honor our U.S. military personnel for their service.

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FAQ About the Master’s Degree in Adult Education

Learn more about the field of adult education and our program options.
What is adult education?
Adult education involves teaching adult learners so they can build skills, knowledge and experience for personal or professional growth. It can refer to training programs, college degree programs, literacy programs or continuing education. 
What can you do with a master’s in adult education?
A master’s in adult education allows you to work in higher education, corporate settings, the nonprofit sector and numerous other contexts. Adult educators can work in colleges and universities, government agencies, community organizations, private businesses and the military. Specific job titles include college instructor, military instructor, literacy instructor, instructional designer, product training manager and workforce development specialist. 

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