2023 Best Master’s in Adult Education/Learning Programs

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Deciding which college to attend can be a daunting task. For many, it will be the most important decision that they make in their lives. To make an informed decision, you have to consider a lot of variables, such as cost of attendance, financial aid, student/teacher ratio, academics, student life, and more. These factors will either positively or negatively impact the quality of education that you receive.

Do you want to acquire a master’s degree in adult education/learning, but don’t know what institution you should attend? Well, if you are as ambitious as I was in my late teens, then you want to attend a top school, instead of an average or mediocre one. Fortunately, we have already done the legwork for you. To help you find the right school for your interests and goals, we’ve compiled a list of 2022’s best master’s in adult education/learning programs.

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  1. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University has a master of education with a concentration in adult and continuing professional education. The degree is offered in a blended format, meaning learners will take classes online and in person. Alternatively, learners can work on a master of science degree, which is a thesis-based degree program. Here’s a look at some classes:

  • Teaching in an Online Environment
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Adult Education
  • Foundations of Adult and Higher Education
  • The Adult Learner
  1. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

The University of South Florida is a sizeable state institution that made up of three campuses: USF Main Campus, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Over 50,000 learners attend each year. USF is rated in the top 50 in the nation among other institutions for its research expenditures.

USF’s College of Education has an MA in adult education, which requires a total of 36 credit hours. This degree program appeals to learners with or without a teaching license. The degree is intended for learners without a background in education.

  1. Florida International University, Miami, FL

One of the state’s strongest graduate research institutions, Florida International University has more than 56,800 learners attend annually. Florida International University has an MS in adult education and human resource development. The coursework takes learners through 36 credit hours with the addition of a 3-credit internship. Classes include:

  • Perspectives on Adults with Disabilities
  • Adult Teaching Methods
  • Instructional Development and Implementation
  • Computer-Based Training

The coursework is intended to cover the required content for the American Society Training and Development “Certified Learning Professional” degree program.

  1. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University has an MSEd degree in adult education/human resource development. This degree can be finished online or in person. Along with the core coursework, learners can concentrate in five distinct areas, including instructional design, HR management, and higher education. Coursework includes:

  • Learning in Adulthood
  • Leadership and Facilitation
  • Leading Educational Organizations
  • Diversity and Ethics in AHRD
  1. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University has an MEd degree in lifelong learning and adult education. The coursework leans into a multidisciplinary approach to adult education. Over 30 credit hours, learners will experience core classes, electives, and a final master’s thesis. Classes include:

  • Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
  • Research and Evaluation in Adult Education
  • The Teaching of Adults

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers is a dual MD/MEd degree in lifelong learning and adult education. This gives learners the chance to work on a career as a medical doctor but concentrate on some of the following areas: academic medicine, patient education, health, and medical continuing education.

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