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 advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||EDDD 8020||Course||Contemporary Issues and Trends in Higher Education and Adult Learning||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDDD 8021||Course||Understanding the Adult Learner||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDDD 8022||Course||Leadership of Higher Education Programs for Adult Learners||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDDD 8023||Course||Program Planning and Assessment||Credits||(5 cr.)|
A critical examination of the history, educational theories and practices, current initiatives, and future directions of higher education and adult learning are explored in this course. Educators will explore the philosophical and social issues that affect meaningful learning of adults in higher education. Education professionals will examine contemporary issues and trends within higher education and adult learning with focus on key topics such as transformative learning, self-directed learning, experiential learning, and critical reflective learning.
Unique and distinctive skills are required to engage and teach adult learners. Education professionals will explore adult learning and developmental theory and the wide range of research that supports it, including andragogy and transformation, phase and stage developmental theories, and effects of gender and culture on adult learning. Educators will also be provided with the opportunity to reflect on the relationship of course material with their own experiences as adult learners. Education professionals complete a variety of realistic assignments through which they practice communicating and presenting complex concepts, critique the work of major theorists, apply adult learning and development theories to educational practice, and construct their own positions on adult learning as scholar-practitioners.
Effective leadership is the foundation of running a successful higher education or adult learning program. A leader is required to understand the organizational climate, consider the cognitive and social-cultural experience of teams, and effectively communicate a vision while meeting the programmatic goals. In this course, education professionals will learn techniques, tools, and resources to employ effective communication; manage everyday challenges; and address internal and external obstacles that impact program productivity and goals. Education professionals will examine various leadership and management strategies that support the ongoing negotiation and collaboration necessary to direct successful higher education and adult learning programs.
Higher education institutions and organizations design programs to address the needs of their students, employees, and customers. To ensure the desired outcomes are met, education professionals must develop and implement realistic systems to monitor and assess the effectiveness of the program, determine areas of improvement, and implement the needed changes. Education professionals in this course will engage in the creation of goals and outcomes for a program, design and implement an assessment to determine if outcomes were met, communicate and present data and results to key stakeholders within the organization, and identify strategies for improvement.
All courses taken in this certificate program will articulate into the EdD with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning.