Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

The role of instructors, instructional designers and curriculum developers has changed dramatically over the past decade. Today, education focuses on ensuring that educational programs help learners understand abstract concepts, solve problems, work as effective team members and develop critical-thinking skills. AIU’s Master of Education degree program is designed to provide a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners. Students could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally-focused M.Ed. program is designed to help students utilize authentic tools and assessment in application of learning outcomes, such as Lectora. They can also explore how to collaborate in a community of learners for professional application of skills and study the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers. This one-year program is designed to help students get the in-depth, specialized knowledge they want—compressing their studies into a shorter timeframe, but still providing the knowledge and credentials they're looking for.

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

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*American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing requirements; however, it may assist students in gaining licensure in their state of residence depending on those requirements. If you’re interested in teaching certification, please contact your state board of education for requirements.



Degree Requirements

Division Core
EDU602Analysis, Assessment and Technology6
EDU604Integrative Design and Evaluation6
EDU622Applying Learning Theories6
EDU624Mastery in Educational Specialty6
Total Credit Hours:24

Specialization Options

Adult Education and Training
EDU652The Art and Science of Learning6
EDU656Characteristics of Adult Learners6
EDU662Designing Instruction for Adult Learners6
EDU667Facilitating & Assessing Adult Learning6

Total Credit Hours: 48

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Don't let tuition worries stop you from pursuing a degree. AIU offers a variety of grants, scholarships, financial aid as well as straightforward pricing with no hidden costs to help make college more affordable for our students.

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Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training?

As society grows more complex and sophisticated, our educational needs diversify and become more specialized. Careers in adult education may include:

●     Continuing education

●     Professional training and development

●     Adult-literacy programs

●     High-school equivalency programs


Earning an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training can show employers that you’re passionate about education, demonstrate your knowledge of both the theory and practice, and highlight your experience in the field.

Completing an M.Ed. also lets employers know that you’ve done focused, hands-on projects and have probably started building resources that can be used later on in your professional work. And that could be quite advantageous—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.1

If making a difference in the education and lives of adults in your community sounds like the career for you, a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training may help you move forward.


Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Still not sure which specialization is right for you? You may want to consider these specializations:

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Elementary Education

An advanced degree in elementary education is designed to help teachers enhance the classroom experience and prepare for grade-level leadership roles. The M.Ed. degree specialization in Elementary Education offers in-depth instruction in elementary education topics geared toward K–8 students.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Secondary Education

Designed for certified teachers, the Master of Education with a specialization in Secondary Education focuses on the unique needs of teachers interested in studying advanced topics in secondary education, educational leadership and classroom strategy for high school students. Best of all, the program tuition is $15,000.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction for Educators

Rethink the way you prepare and develop curriculum for your students. Study how curricula are chosen and designed, and how they can be enhanced to elevate learning and engagement in the classroom.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations

Develop the knowledge and skills you want to become a school administrator or educational leader. The specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations is designed to provide you with the skills needed to lead and develop educational programs, products and services in schools and in the workplace.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Instructional Design and Technology

Use emerging technology to enhance learning and teaching. With a specialization in Instructional Design and Technology you can discover the potential of collaborative learning environments and create your own online, multimedia course content.

TEAC Accreditation

TEAC Accreditation

The Master of Education Program at American InterContinental University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of three years, from October 2015 - October 2018, to complete the remainder of the five year term, beginning in 2013.

The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

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