Adult Education Masters Programs

Teach in college with an adult education mastersAs the name suggests, an adult education masters prepares you to work with adult learners. This might be in a college setting, in online education, military education or in corporate training.  A masters degree in this field offers plenty of career options in teaching and training. 

The programs are based on adult learning philosophy, known as andragogy.  In andragogy, learners are assumed to be self-motivated, self-directed, and have accumulated life experiences that need to be accounted for in course design and delivery.  All these considerations result in a totally different learning experience to that which many of the adults might have experienced during their earlier years in secondary education.

This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study it.  You might also like to check out the adult education programs page and the adult education doctorate programs page for more details. 


Finding the schools and adult education programs you want

If you want to browse areas available and the schools offering masters in adult education programs, use the search form or the list of schools below.  The links at the foot of this page are for campus and online programs.  If you want to know more about  campus-based university adult education, go to the On Campus Programs page.

  • Capella University
    • MS in Education
      • Postsecondary and Adult Education
      • Professional Studies in Education
      • Leadership for Higher Education
  • Jones International University
    • Master of Education
      • Adult Education
      • Corporate Training & Knowledge Management
      • e-learning Technology & Design
      • Higher Education Leadership and Administration
  • Kaplan University Online
    • MS in Education in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning-Higher Education
    • MS in Education in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning-Organizations
    • MS in Health Education
    • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
    • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
    • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
    • MS in Higher Education - Environmental Policy Concentration
    • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
    • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs


What does a typical adult education program cover?

Graduate education in adult education enables you to design, deliver and manage the effective learning of adults in a variety of settings.  Most programs will allow you to concentrate on your chosen setting, including online education, workforce development, continuing education, higher education, and military education.  Some adult educators concentrate on areas relevant to their teaching in community college or in specialized areas such as English as a Second Language (ESL).

A typical master's in adult education might include: approaches to adult learning and distance education; adult and continuing education policy; adult development and learning; program planning for adults; workforce development; critical analysis and research skills; technology in adult education; issues and trends in adult education; plus a thesis or dissertation.


What jobs does an adult education masters program prepare you for?

As well as teaching in the government education sector, graduates of a masters in adult education also find employment in: corporate training; teaching in the private sector; community services; educational administration, and management in vocational, technical, college/university, and continuing education.

Online graduate adult education programs also provide a base for further training in counseling and careers work.  Graduates also find work in development jobs, community education and non-profit organizations.

The United States Department of Labor reports a median annual income of about $40,000 for adult literacy and remedial education teachers.


Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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