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.