The number of adult learners is expected to increase by nearly 20 percent in the coming years, according to the Center for National Education Statistics.*

You can gain the knowledge and skills to design, deliver, and manage courses and programs for this unique population of learners through Walden’s M.S. in Adult Learning. Examine emerging trends and research in the field, and help adult learners build skills to enhance their success in today’s dynamic workplace.

For more than 40 years, Walden has provided distance-learning education for working professionals. Benefit from our experience and improve your effectiveness as an educator as you discover practical learning solutions that integrate the latest technologies across diverse learning environments, including corporate, nonprofit, government, healthcare, military, and higher education.

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Walden’s M.S. in Adult Learning offers a General Program and four specializations to help you meet your educational goals:

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*National Center for Educational Statistics, U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Fast Facts, on the Internet athttp://nces.ed.gov/fastFacts/display.asp?id=98 (viewed online January 7, 2011).

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General Program

Prepare to become an effective adult educator in a range of learning settings. Through the General Program, you can gain an overview of adult learning theories, research, and best practices that can be applied to create transformative learning experiences for adults. Broaden your understanding of adult development, including how diversity and multiculturalism affect motivation in the adult education field.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. 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.

Core Courses

Developmental Education

Educators with the knowledge and understanding to help students with special learning needs are the key to an effective developmental education program. Explore theory, political and economic issues, and research in the field. Examine effective strategies for intake and placement, advising, teaching, and assessment in developmental education programs for adults. Investigate best practices in curriculum design and the use of technology to support retention of adult learners.

Completion Requirements

  • 33 total semester credits
    • Core courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 22 months. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Capstone Course

Online Teaching

Online learning is an important component of the adult education landscape in both traditional and nontraditional settings. Explore how to design and deliver effective online courses and programs. Learn to integrate online teaching strategies with course management and multimedia tools. Develop assessment strategies to measure adult learning outcomes in online environments. Leverage Walden’s 40-plus years of experience in distance learning as you incorporate the latest technologies to support adults with diverse learning styles.   

Completion Requirements

  • 33 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 22 months. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Capstone Course

Teaching Adults English as a Second Language

Gain the tools and strategies you need to help meet the growing demand for English language instructors. Explore essential theories and concepts of second language acquisition. Examine basic principles and best practices in the field as you prepare to plan lessons, design assessments, and conduct evaluations for adult learners. This specialization will help you create effective environments for adults learning English as a second language.

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 24 months. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Capstone Course

Training and Performance Improvement

Adult students learn in a variety of environments beyond the traditional classroom, including the corporate setting. This specialization can prepare you to manage and deliver training programs that can help adults improve their workplace performance. Support the growth and development of the workforce through the design of quality instructional materials and systems that meet the needs and goals of an organization. Explore technologies that assist in planning, presenting, and managing instructor-led and self-directed courses.

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 24 months. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Capstone Course

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 30 to 36 total semester credit hours $660 per semester credit hour (includes course textbooks and materials)
Technology Fee per semester $160

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As a student in Walden’s adult education degree program, 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 M.S. in Adult Learning program:

The M.S. in Adult Learning program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to design, deliver, and manage adult learning in a variety of environments. The M.S. in Adult Learning program has been created specifically to develop the competencies of adult educators and empower them to apply knowledge to practice. A dynamic combination of theory, research, and practical approaches, including an individualized capstone project, has been designed to improve educator effectiveness and enhance student learning outcomes.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity and multiculturalism as they impact motivation and social change in adult education.
  2. Critically examine issues, trends, and current research in the field of adult learning.
  3. Utilize a repertoire of practices for use in a variety of adult learning contexts.
  4. Create transformative learning experiences that meet the needs of adult learners across the lifespan.
  5. Evaluate and apply best practices in the use of technology in adult education.
  6. Exhibit an understanding of the organizations and policies that inform practice in adult learning settings.
  7. Use data and research to inform practice and make context-specific decisions affecting adult learners.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Adult Learning relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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.