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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 August 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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

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
$7,280$8,071* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$455 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

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

Federal work study

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

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.

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ED5317
Foundations of Adult Education

In this course, learners studythe foundations of adult education including the past and present understandings. Learners identify the aspects of the foundation of adult education, the diversity in characteristics of adult learners, the various contexts of adult education, and prominent learning theories as they apply to teaching adults. Learners engage in interactive activities and assignments as they examine the various topics related to adult education.

4 quarter credits
ED5340 *
Theories and Principles of Adult Learning

This course focuses on learning theories, models, and principles and their application to instructional processes for adult learners. Learners analyze the instructor’s role in enhancing adult learning and evaluate their personal philosophy, dispositions, and ethics relative to teaching adult learners. Prerequisite(s): ED5012.

4 quarter credits
ED5344 *
Strategies and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Learners in this course focus on effective ways to enhance adult learning in a variety of postsecondary settings. Topics include the theories and characteristics of adult growth and development, changes experienced in adulthood and their implications for adult instruction and learning, and issues and trends in adult teaching and learning. Prerequisite(s): ED5012.

4 quarter credits

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

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