The Master of Education with a specialization in Adult Education and Training can help prepare students for career-focused work in adult education.
We can help you learn how to:
- Use appropriate methods to analyze and document needs of adult learners in academic and organizational settings
- Apply andragogical theory along with appropriate motivation theories in the design of learning events for adults, both individual and groups
- Illustrate methods and processes associated with a range of remedial to advanced adult learners for successful learning results
- Develop safety and security procedures that should be in effect for adult learning events and activities, including classroom sessions, on-the-job training, individual one-on-one training or tutoring, laboratory sessions and field learning events
- Develop an evaluation plan for both individual as well as classroom-based learning events, including formative and summative evaluation, applying at least one recognized model for evaluation of learning and a recognized model for return on training investment
- Apply behavioral and educational theories to evaluate adult learner needs and areas of improvement
- Develop an evaluation and assessment plan for individual adult learners, understanding how to tailor different elements of instruction and assessment to meet the needs of each learner
- Gain understanding of the specific challenges and academic professional standards relevant to adult learning
- Adapt to the range of adult learners, from remedial to advanced, and design instruction and assessments responsive to all levels of learners
At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:
Analysis, Assessment and Technology
This course provides the foundations of analysis and assessment methodologies used in the field of education. Learners are introduced to applied quantitative and qualitative educational research methods in context of the practitioner's educational environment. Comparisons of formative and summative assessment and formative evaluation will be addressed.
Applying Learning Theories
This course provides an introduction to the various schools of thought on how people learn. The course will emphasize the practical implications of cognitive science. It provides a comprehensive survey of the progressive understanding of the learning process. Learners will explore learning theories, such as cognitive, behaviorist, and constructivist. Learners will compare the theories and their application in the learner's respective field using the appropriate formal written communication for the discipline of Education.
Integrative Design and Evaluation
This course examines the development of curricula for education and workplace learning and development. Comparison of evaluation design, curriculum design, and instructional design will assist learners in understanding the similarities and differences in these fields of education. Learner will learn to develop learning objectives. Program evaluation techniques will be introduced.
Mastering Educational Specialty
This capstone course will allow the learner to demonstrate mastery of all the concepts and skills presented in the core courses and specialization courses in the learner's field of study. The emphasis will be on designing and producing a real world quality deliverable in the specialization studied to be used as a highlight in a professional portfolio.
The Art and Science of Learning
This course provides an introduction to the various schools of thought regarding how people learn and apply their learning to concrete situations. It provides a comprehensive survey of our progressive understanding of the learning process. Students will explore developmental, behaviorist, cognitive, social, and adult learning theories as well as the research regarding the role of motivation and transfer of learning in novel domains.
Characteristics of Adult Learners
This course content includes theories of adult learning, including andragogy, adult developmental stage theories, and action learning along with focus on assessment of learning needs and evaluation of education and training outcomes among adult populations.
Designing Instruction for Adult Learners
In this course, students will learn instructional design for various venues, groupings, and situations common to adult learning environments, such as vocational classrooms, field training, individual and group learning. Topics ranging from technical skills to management training and education will be included.
Facilitating and Assessing Adult Learning
In this course, students consider the delivery of education and training, and conduct a lesson based on adult learning theory and topics. Course includes coverage of tools for engaging adult learners, conducting classes in unfamiliar circumstances, and classroom management appropriate to adult audiences.