Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training

Online Master's in Adult Education Degree

Sharpen your skills as an adult educator through our accredited online Master's in Adult Education program. Study the design, implementation and evaluation of adult education programs. You will also have the opportunity to work to develop instructional techniques that you can use in workplace training, professional development and continuing education programs.


Online Master's in Adult Education Program Details

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Online Master's in Adult Education Program Outline

AIU’s Online Master's in Adult Education degree program is designed to provide a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners. Candidates will have the opportunity to work to develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally focused Master's in Adult Education program is designed to help candidates 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 online Master's in Education program is designed to help candidates work to develop the in-depth, specialized knowledge and credentials they are seeking while compressing their studies into a shorter timeframe.

Our Online Master's in Adult Education program can help you learn you 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 or advancement requirements; however, it may assist candidates in gaining these approvals in their state of residence depending on those requirements. Contact the state board of education in the applicable state(s) for details.

Online Master's in Adult Education Courses

Degree Requirements

Division Core
EDU602 Analysis, Assessment, and Technology 6
EDU604 Integrative Design and Evaluation 6
EDU622 Applying Learning Theories 6
EDU624 Mastery in Educational Specialty 6
Total Credit Hours: 24
Adult Education and Training
EDU652 The Art and Science of Learning 6
EDU656 Characteristics of Adult Learners 6
EDU662 Designing Instruction for Adult Learners 6
EDU667 Facilitating & Assessing Adult Learning 6

Total Credit Hours : 48


AIU's Master of Education (M.Ed.), is programmatically accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Online Master's in Adult Education 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 is designed to provide a comprehensive survey of the progressive understanding of the learning process. Candidates will explore learning theories, such as cognitive, behaviorist, and constructivist. Candidates will also have the opportunity to compare the theories and their application in the candidate’s respective field using the appropriate formal written communication for the discipline of Education.

For an Online Master's in Adult Education Degree, your classes may include:

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 can assist candidates 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 provide the candidate with the opportunity to demonstrate advanced knowledge 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 related to the specialization studied that can be used as a highlight in a professional portfolio.

The Art and Science of Learning

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the various schools of thought regarding how people learn and apply their learning to concrete situations. It is structured to provide a comprehensive survey of our progressive understanding of the learning process. Candidates 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, candidates will have the opportunity to study 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, candidates will have the opportunity to study 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.

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Accreditation & Affiliations

American InterContinental University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The Master of Education program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2026.

AIU is a proud member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), a leading voice on educator preparation. AACTE represents postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners.

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