Earn your Ed.S. in Adult Education with a university that has more than 40 years of experience working with adult learners.

Walden’s program prepares you to design and deliver effective instruction geared toward adult learning styles and objectives. In this post-master’s online adult education program, you will develop a foundation in adult development and education theory; examine specific methods of facilitating adult learning, including coaching and mentoring; and study quantitative and qualitative methods for designing and assessing adult learning experiences. Through the culminating capstone project, you will address an adult learning issue in your workplace.

Selected credits in the Ed.S. program may be applied toward a Walden doctoral program, allowing you to expedite future goals as you gain skills immediately applicable in your current career. Whether you are seeking to advance in corporate or vocational training, adult literacy, or other adult education contexts, you can prepare to meet the growing demand for skilled adult educators* with Walden’s Ed.S. program.

An Education Specialist degree, sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), is ideal for educators who want to remain working in the field but who would like to increase their influence and impact on their learning communities.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Completion Requirements

  • 36 minimum semester credits

This program can be completed in as little as 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.



*The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of self-enrichment teachers to grow by 32% by 2018 as adults seek to improve career skills and embrace lifelong learning (“Teachers—Self-Enrichment Education,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos064.htm#outlook [viewed online December 10, 2011]). The demand for adult literacy and remedial education teachers is expected to grow by 15% through 2018 (“Teachers—Adult Literacy and Remedial Education,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos289.htm [viewed online December 10, 2011]).

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

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Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 36 total semester credit hours  $850 per semester hour $25,500
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Capstone Fee Per course $1,000 $1,000
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $960
    Total $27,460

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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As a Walden student, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ed.S. in Adult Education program:

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply knowledge related to the current research-based literature and trends in adult learning.
  2. Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed by a professional in higher education and/or adult learning.
  3. Provide evidence of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, and interpret educational research.
  4. Exhibit the ability to provide leadership via effective communication and use of technology.
  5. Articulate the impact of global interrelationships and affirm diversity in your own work in adult learning.
  6. Apply collaborative skills with a range of stakeholders in higher education and/or in adult learning organizations in order to effect positive social change.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to impact social change in adult education.

Find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.