Program Overview

Why an online master’s in adult education?

The growth in popularity in adult learning is a significant trend in the education world. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students ages 25 and older is expected to grow 20 percent by 2023, compared to only 12 percent for those younger than 25. This growth isn’t just happening in traditional education — it’s also happening in the corporate world, as businesses invest in professional development and training.
Point Park University is helping current and new educators take advantage of this growth with the online Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Training degree. This online master’s in adult education degree will successfully prepare students to make a difference in the lives of continuing students.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for an online master’s in adult education program focuses on helping educators, trainers and other leaders understand successful strategies and techniques needed to reach adult learners effectively. Courses focus on relevant topics including instructional methods, online teaching and diversity issues. Point Park’s online master’s in adult education program was developed for professionals by professionals, with instructors having real-world classroom experience that informs their teaching and helps graduates be more effective more quickly. Because many of our students are working professionals, we offer a supportive environment designed to help busy students succeed, with personal support and flexible classes offered 100 percent online.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-3 Years
  • Credit Hours:30
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$467

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Core Requirements (30 credits)
  • EDUC 520 – Curriculum & Instruction: Theory, Design & Development
  • EDUC 521 – Issues in Adult Education
  • EDUC 522 – Administration and Supervision in Adult Education
  • EDUC 523 – Instructional Methods for Adult Learners
  • EDUC 526 – Program Management
  • EDUC 534 – Online Teaching: Design & Delivery
  • EDUC 536 – Research Methods
  • EDUC 540 – Human Diversity Issues in Education
  • EDUC 554 – Seminar in Learning Organizations
  • EDUC 555 – Seminar in Adult Education and Training Organizations
Course Description
This course explores the design of curriculum as it relates to contemporary competencies, with application across the educational spectrum. Elements ranging from K-12 content domains and experiential based education to postmodernism and the inclusion of exceptional learners combine to provide students with a holistic foundation in which to explore curriculum design. Theories of curriculum design and development will provide students with an educational foundation that will serve them in their leadership roles as Curriculum and Instruction specialists. Participants will tailor a curriculum based upon their specific needs, taking into account societal, institutional, instructional and experiential spheres of interests, as well as considering scope and sequencing in their designs.
Course Description
The course examines a minimum of seven core issues that impact the adults engaged in formal and informal learning experiences. Students will apply core competencies related to adult education and training to their own learning and reflect on the use of these competencies in a variety of settings. As part of the course requirements, students identify specific learning objectives.
Course Description
This course provides students with background in the principles associated with human performance improvement (HPI), program administration, and applications for various settings and contents. Students apply core competencies related in adult education and training to their own learning and reflect on the use of these competencies in a variety of settings.
Course Description
This course provides a theoretical overview of the principles of adult learning. The course provides students with a strong foundation in andragogical process, assumptions and applications for various settings and contents. Students apply core competencies related to adult education and training to their own learning and reflect on the use of these competencies in a variety of settings. Students develop skills in the design and implementation of instructional design characteristics appropriate for non-traditional, postsecondary, and higher education settings.
Course Description
Students will develop skill in the assessment of program needs, development of a program and administrative budget, and the preparation and presentation of grant proposals and marketing strategies.
Course Description
This course will include the historical roots of distance education, characteristics and demographics of online learners, the role of the online instructor, student engagement strategies, regulatory bodies, online teaching best practices and standards, models of online learning course design and delivery, incorporation of adult learning best practices into online course design, course management strategies, application of new and emerging technologies, and incorporating social media. Students will design an online course using best practices and current standards.
Course Description
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative educational research. A seven-stage model of the research process will serve as the conceptual framework. Through classroom lectures and independent readings, students will be provided with an in-depth analysis of how to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, elements of research design, how to write and interpret research reports and methods of presenting research findings. An equal emphasis will be placed on understanding educational research through the process of factually conducting a cooperative research study in applied setting.
Course Description
This course identifies and analyzes the impact diversity has upon students in the classroom today. By collaborating with individuals from various cultural and ethnic groups, religious backgrounds, and social classes, students will investigate the relationship that exists between school systems and their diverse populations. Developing lessons and projects that optimize talent, pride, and participation will constitute the focus of coursework. (Prerequisite: EDUC 530).
Course Description
This seminar course will provide students with a broad overview of the wide range of adult educational settings. Students will visit, report, and reflect on various educational settings in preparation for their Practicum II experience (EDUC 555). Guest speakers will provide additional perspectives through classroom presentations and discussions. A variety of career exploration activities will be included as part of the course 73 requirements. Students will develop short- and long-term career goals and effective strategies for achievement. In-depth research and reflective logs will be emphasized.
Course Description
This field-based practicum is designed to give the prospective adult education specialist experience within a setting designed to foster professional development under the supervision of a mentor. Particular emphasis will be placed on learning how to conduct and evaluate experimental instructional programs in light of relevant basic or applied research fundamentals. The initiative rests with the student in designing a substantial part of the practicum experience. The on-site supervisor will assist the student by providing opportunities that coincide with the student’s identified objectives and goals. A daily log and an original research project will be completed during the practicum. (Prerequisite: EDUC 536).

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s M.A. in Adult Learning and Training program must submit the following and meet these requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from academic/professional references in a position to assess your potential for successful graduate study.
  3. Current resume.
  4. A statement of purpose addressing how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  5. A cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.


Career Outcomes

Career and Technical Education Teacher

Median annual salary: $54,020*
Career and technical education teachers are responsible for instructing adult learners in the practical skills necessary to enter specific occupations such as culinary arts, health care technology or auto repair. They often work in public, technical or business schools. Students seeking to enter this work usually require solid experience in the subject they teach.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Instructional Coordinator

Median annual salary: $62,460*
Instructional coordinators are responsible for managing teaching curricula within school systems. They create and implement systemwide syllabi, analyze student test data, assess teaching materials, train teachers and more. Instructional coordinators typically spend time both in offices and in the classroom. A master’s degree is required.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Training and Development Manager

Median annual salary: $105,830*
Training and development managers coordinate education programs for employees of companies or organizations. They may assess training needs, develop and implement programs, evaluate those programs’ effectiveness, create budgets and more. Training and development managers help ensure organizations retain a knowledgeable and competitive workforce.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Professional Development Specialist

Median annual salary: $59,020*
Professional development specialists work on the ground to train company employees in skills required to perform their jobs. They may instruct workers, create or select training materials, evaluate the quality of curricula, determine unique employer needs and more. They frequently work with people and require extensive public speaking abilities.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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