Adult Education Specialization - Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Adult Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Adult Education leverages Walden’s 45 years of experience educating adults. Benefit from our experience and prepare to design, develop, and lead effective adult education programs in higher education institutions, corporations, workforce development settings, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) programs, and other adult learning environments.

Through applied research and practical coursework, this adult education online degree program can help you develop the expertise you need to empower lifelong learners. You’ll examine key concepts in adult education theory, best practices for facilitating adult learning, and quantitative and qualitative methods for creating and assessing effective learning experiences for adults. This curriculum is uniquely designed to teach research skills within content-specific courses, allowing you to immediately apply knowledge to practice. Your final doctoral study project gives you the opportunity to focus on adult education in a particular community and advance your knowledge in this increasingly relevant profession.

Completion Requirements

  • 54 minimum semester credits
    • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
    • Applied Research (6 sem. cr.)
    • Core Courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Research in Practice (6 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
  • 1 face-to-face residency
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


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