The fields of adult learning, higher education, and online learning are converging into a dynamic growth area for educators. Recent research reported that more than 7 million adult students were enrolled in online courses and degree programs in 2013.* And educators themselves are going back to school to update their skills, learn the latest educational technologies, and develop the expertise to teach adult learners. They’re also learning to develop and implement programs to reach their students more effectively in online higher education settings.
Even though there are many types of adult learning degrees online for educators, these top five doctoral, master’s, and graduate certificate programs get to the core of the major shifts, trends, and opportunities shaping adult learning and higher education.
The job market for instructional coordinators is projected to increase by by 11% between 2016 and 2026. The median salary in 2017 was $63,750, while the top 10% earned more than $101,500.
Employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $76,000 in 2017, while the top 10% earned more than $170,160.
The job market for training and development managers is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for training and development managers was $108,250 in 2017, while the top 10% earned more than $187,670 .
The top five industries employing training and development managers are: professional, scientific, and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; finance and insurance; health care and social assistance; and educational services (state, local, and private).
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*I. E. Allen and J. Seaman, Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States (2013), Babson Survey Research Group, on the Internet at http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/survey_report/2013-survey-online-learning-report.
†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators, Postsecondary Teachers, Training and Development Managers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm.
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