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Adult Education

The role of instructors, instructional designers and curriculum developers has changed dramatically over the past decade. The emphasis in education today 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 provides a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners including K-12*, higher education and corporate learning. Students could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training is designed to help prepare students for a career focused on working in adult education. 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 learn to collaborate in a community of learners for professional application of skills and learn the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers. Because of the unique challenges in this field, this adult education master’s program employs an approach that blends practical education training with current information. Graduates of this program will be able to use critical, industry-current information and experience to bring to their career in a variety of settings including continuing education programs and professional development.

Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

By studying advanced topics in Adult Education and Training to complete the specialization requirements, AIU can give you an opportunity to learn how to create a plan for implementation of learning content in various educational settings.

*Although American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing requirements, it may assist students in gaining licensure in their state of residence depending on those requirements. To find out more information about teacher certification in a specific state, please visit Education Degrees and use the drop down menu to select the state. Students may then be routed to the appropriate state-specific teacher licensure site for this information.

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  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

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  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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Learning & Outcomes
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  • Successful completion of the M.Ed with a specialization in Adult Education and Training can provide students with an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including 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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    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

    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 two years, from October 2013 - October 2015. 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.

  • In this specialized course of study, students can be provided with the preparation needed to teach adult students in various settings, including basic and remedial education programs, continuing education programs and programs designed to develop or upgrade specific employment-related knowledge and skills.

    Specialization courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they can learn advanced knowledge and skills common to today’s educational professionals. For example:

    • In The Art and Science of Learning, students can 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.
    • In Characteristics of Adult Learners, students can examine theories of adult learning, including andragogy, adult developmental stage theories and action learning, along with a focus on assessment of learning needs and evaluation of education and training outcomes among adult populations.
    • In Designing Instructions for Adult Learners, students can learn instructional design for various venues, groupings and situations common to adult learning environments, such as vocational classrooms, field training, individual and group learning.
    • In Facilitating & Assessing Adult Learning, students can examine the tools for engaging adult learners, conducting classes in unfamiliar circumstances and classroom management appropriate to adult audiences


    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • Graduates of the Adult Education and Training specialization will be prepared to work with the diverse range of adult learners currently in the industry.

    Students will learn to diagnose and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of specific adult learners, from remedial level to advanced education. Students will receive extensive experience in developing both formative and summative assessments designed to analyze adult learner abilities and inform instructional design. Coursework will also include overviews of legal and academic requirements and procedures relevant to adult learning in the education industry today.

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AIU Online - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 36%

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A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/