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Explore our Online Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning

Walden’s online Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning can help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to meet the increasing demand for qualified adult educators and training professionals.

Explore a broad range of career possibilities, including developing education programs for adult literacy, employee training, vocational education, community programs, or self-enrichment.

This certificate program focuses on topics and themes that you can apply immediately to help adult learners build on their existing knowledge base and learn in transformative, relevant ways—in the classroom, in the workplace, and beyond.


Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6171

Theories and Frameworks for Adult Learning

To understand adult learning, one must ask and answer complex questions: Who is the adult learner? What is the social context of learning? What motivates adult learners? In this course, education professionals explore the theories and frameworks that inform the field of adult learning today. They identify, compare, and contrast foundational and emerging perspectives on adult learning with the aim of transforming theory into practice. They engage in an integrative course project through which they synthesize and apply various theories to real-world situations, including their own development; summarize how the idea of wisdom impacts their experiences as adult learners; interview an adult learner; and assess various perspectives in regard to educating diverse learners.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6174

Developing a Repertoire of Effective Teaching Practices

A number of best practices in adult teaching and learning have been identified based on decades of research and experience. Education professionals in this course examine these evidence-based practices to build their skills and gain strategies to facilitate learning in a variety of settings. They also explore promising new ideas and emerging trends in the field of adult learning.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6175

Planning, Assessing, and Improving Adult Learning

Given the wide variety of settings in which adult learning takes place, it is no small challenge to plan and implement robust learning experiences that can be effectively evaluated. Education professionals in this course examine the ingredients essential to promote learning successfully, including multiple needs assessment models, approaches to program design, implementation strategies, and models of evaluation and assessment.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6176

Facilitating Collaboration and Group Process

Research shows that adults learn best in a social environment. Through collaboration and idea exchange, a supportive "community of practice" is generated where learners co-create their experience in socially meaningful ways. This may take the form of discussions, peer-to-peer activities, small-group work, and student-centered assignments, among other approaches. Education professionals in this course examine the mechanics of collaboration and identify facilitation practices that lead to student success. Also addressed are issues of consensus and decision making, trust-building, collaborative teaching, and group process online.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 12 total semester credit hours $735 per semester hour $8,820
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420

TOTAL $9,240

Transfer up to 6 credits $4,620

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $4,620

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.  

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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