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Adult Education Specialization Master of Science in Higher Education

School of Education

Open New Doors for Adult Students

A career in adult education offers you an opportunity to help others redefine what’s possible in their lives. In Capella’s online master’s in higher education, adult education program*, you’ll focus on current theory and research for teaching adults and college students, including instructional models, assessment strategies, collaborative learning, and program development. The curriculum is designed to enhance your qualifications in adult education, give you the tools needed to improve adult achievement, and help you understand the learning styles of adults from diverse backgrounds.

*This degree program does not satisfy licensure requirements for K–12 public school teachers or administrators.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start December 4th

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.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Make a Greater Impact

Advance the practice of learning and teaching within adult education.

Shape the Future

Influence the vision and direction of adult education.

Understand Adult Learner Needs

Adapt strategies and methods to address the diverse characteristics and needs of adult learners.

Improve Professionally

Apply reflective strategies that lead to enhanced personal and professional practice.

Increase Adult Achievement

Apply adult education principles and theories to the instruction, program development, and enhancement of learning. 

Understand Cultural Relevancy

Understand how globalization and diversity can influence educational outcomes.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Online, Engaging Learning

Learn in a dynamic, interactive, and collaborative learning environment that you can access anytime, from anywhere. 

Professional Development Plan

To help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track, you can create a professional development plan in your first course. 

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
$16,514$21,902*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$424 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

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

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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. 

Learn about Transfer Credits »

Grants

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

Learn about Federal Grants »

Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The master’s in higher education, adult education curriculum focuses on methodologies, theories, and principles in higher education. You’ll master strategies to assess, evaluate, and support adult learners. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5342 Multicultural Perspectives in Adult Education
ED5348 Adult Education Program Development
ED7716 Faculty Leadership

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.  

Coaches

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

Faculty

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.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with a master’s in higher education, adult education degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time instructor of education courses
  • Continuing education coordinator
  • Education specialist
  • Grant writer

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • Corporation
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Vocational school

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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