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Adult Education and Leadership Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education


Capella’s Adult Education and Leadership Certificate must be taken as part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Adult Education, or following the successful completion of Capella’s Leadership and Accountability Certificate.

This Adult Education and Leadership Certificate prepares you to take the lead in adult learning, whatever your organization, with a focus on facilitating communication and collaboration.

This certificate program helps you develop effective leadership, management, and program planning skills in a variety of adult education settings, including governmental, educational, industrial, or nonprofit organizations. Additionally, you will learn innovative approaches to adult learning theories and the current issues as you build your expertise as an adult education professional.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses

Classes Start January 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$14,900 estimated tuition*
$745 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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Adult Education & Leadership Certificate Online - Capella University

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Sample courses

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EDD8330 *
Adult Learning Theory and Practice

This course provides an overview of learning theories, models, and principles and their application to instructional processes for adult learners. Learners explore the social contexts in which adults learn and develop, and the influences of race, class, gender, and culture. Learners also study the nature of adult development; issues and trends in the field; theories of adult growth and development; changes in young, middle, and older adulthood; and implications for instruction and learning of adults. For EdD Adult Education and PostMaster’s Certificate in Adult Education Leadership learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8306. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8332 *
Program Planning and Evaluation in Adult Learning Settings

This course presents underlying theories, current practices, and techniques for developing and evaluating educational programs for learners in a variety of adult education settings. Learners identify and assess needs, establish objectives, and design and evaluate programs in adult education. Learners also examine their practice to help develop an informed, insightful, and reflective practice for effective adult program development and evaluation. For EdD Adult Education and Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Education Leadership learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8330. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8334 *
Leading and Managing in Adult Learning Settings and Contexts

This course explores the concept of leadership in contemporary adult education settings, with specific focus on the connections between leadership and adult learning and development. Learners analyze theory and practices in effective leadership and administration in adult education settings. Finally, learners examine managerial activities such as program planning and development, leadership, organizational change, and evaluation. For EdD Adult Education and Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Education Leadership learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8332. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8338 *
Practice and Planning in Adult Education

In this course, learners examine and reflect on the multiple internal and external forces that impact and shape their current or future roles as educational leaders in adult education. Learners integrate adult education theory and practice in an applied project related to the learner’s professional goals. For EdD Adult Education and Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Education Leadership learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8334. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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