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Adult Education Graduate Certificate

School of Education

Excel in Adult Education

Gain valuable new skills you can apply immediately in the field of adult education. Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Adult Education adds to your previous undergraduate or graduate educational experiences and helps build your foundational knowledge of adult education competency areas. You’ll focus on the characteristics of adult learners and the adult education profession, as well as adult education settings, philosophies, principles, and theories.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Classes Start November 5th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Advance Your Methods

Refine your teaching skills and gain new understanding of how adults learn.

Apply Theory to Practice

Learn to apply adult education principles and theories to instruction, program development, and the learning enhancement. 

Teach Diverse Learners

Become adept at incorporating strategies and methods to address the diverse characteristics and needs of adult learners.

Improve Professionally

Learn to apply reflective strategies in the classroom that lead to improved personal and professional practice. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Credit Toward Your Next Degree

Coursework completed in this certificate program may be applied toward the MS in Higher Education degree program at Capella.

Professionally Recognized

Capella's adult education courses are designed around recognized, professional standards.

Focus on Your Goals Early

Create a professional development plan in your first course that can help you stay on track throughout your program.

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$440 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 4 max transfer credits

*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.  

Get the Details

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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Sample Courses

The online adult education graduate certificate gives you a deeper understanding of the characteristics of adult learners and the competencies needed to be successful in the field, including foundational theories, principles, and strategies.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5317 Foundations of Adult Education
ED5340 Theories and Principles of Adult Learning
ED5344 Strategies and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

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Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.