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About the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education Degree

Your experiences are valuable. At Troy University, we believe that sharing your experiences —whether they include military training, technical skills or an associate degree — can benefit you as well as other adult learners. If you’re interested in sharing what you’ve learned in formal academic settings, TROY’s occupational education program provides you with a path to do so and take the next step in your career.

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A Flexible, Expedited Pathway to Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree

Earn your bachelor’s degree within 18 months as a full-time student while learning skills you can apply to numerous contexts, including education, workforce development, military education or graduate study. You can also complete the degree in adult education part time around your schedule. Choose from in-person, online or Flex formats.

Develop Skills for a Range of Adult Education Jobs

Learn how to effectively teach adult learners in practical classroom situations and develop your personal adult education philosophy. In the occupational education program, you’ll gain the skills you need to design, deliver and practice in instructional programs for professional and technical vocations, such as online learning, continuing education and job training programs. You’ll learn how to develop curricula, assess students, and use multiple strategies to teach adults information and skills — all essential for adult education and workforce development careers.
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Occupational Education Program Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Adult Education Degree Program Locations

For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Troy University: A Military-Friendly College

If you served or currently serve in the Armed Forces, you can earn your adult education degree from a university dedicated to the success of military students. Since 1950, TROY has supported active-duty and veteran students and their families as students and faculty members. As a military-friendly college, TROY creates an inclusive environment that offers a broad range of quality, affordable programs to military students. Our occupational education degree program offers flexibility for active-duty military members. It is designed, in part, for U.S. Department of Defense civilian and military technicians, veterans and military personnel seeking promotion. Learn more about how TROY serves and supports military-affiliated students across the world.

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Careers with the TROY Bachelor’s in Occupational Education Degree

TROY’s adult education degree allows you to teach adult learners in online education, workforce development, continuing education, higher education or military education.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Lee Ammons

Dr. Lee Ammons

Dr. Ammons, Assistant Chair of Occupational Education, holds a Ph.D. from Auburn University. He earned his A.S. degree from Enterprise State Junior College and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alabama. Dr. Ammons has over a decade of experience teaching at the two-year level and has a research interest in community college leadership.

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FAQ About the Adult Education Degree Program

Learn more about the field of adult education and our program.
What is an occupational education degree?
An occupational education degree, or adult education degree, is a professional degree that prepares you to teach adults in various settings, including community or technical colleges, military contexts, corporations and online learning. The occupational education degree program teaches you how to design and deliver courses and training programs to adult learners.
What is workforce development?
Workforce development is an area within adult education that focuses on improving employees’ knowledge and skills in corporate settings. Corporate trainers help businesses and employers by enhancing workers' skills, productivity and career prospects.
What is adult education?
Adult education is an area of education that helps students outside of the age range or experience level of traditional students. Adult learners may have additional work experience, other bachelor’s degrees, vocational training or a military background. Adult education is also referred to as continuing education.
What can you do with a degree in adult education?

A degree in adult education can lead to a number of career prospects or prepare you for graduate study. With a degree in adult education, you can work in community colleges, corporate settings, military training programs and several other contexts as an instructor, trainer or workforce development specialist.

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TROY's occupational education program is 100% online, making it flexible and accessible for adult learners.

Jobs in Education: Teaching Adult Learners

Not all learning takes place in a classroom. Practical experience learned in the workplace can be just as valuable as more traditional educational qualifications. As the workforce ages, skilled workers must pass their knowledge and experience on to the next generation to ensure business continuity. This creates opportunities for people with practical skills to fill a range of jobs in education. However, knowing how to do a specific task is very different from being able to teach someone else how to do it.

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