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Postsecondary and Adult Education Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education

Overview

Educators today are largely measured by how well they adapt to and provide vision for an ever-changing world. Capella's online PhD in Adult Education program is designed to give you not just the credentials, but also the knowledge and insight that are critical to be effective in the current educational landscape.

As a PhD candidate, you'll develop learning environments that produce high-achieving students from a wide range of backgrounds. The program concentrates on theories of adult learning and distance education, critical analysis and research skills, best practices in postsecondary adult instruction, and the application of theory and research.

Along with your your online coursework, you will complete three residencies. These energizing residencies provide you with insights and knowledge that will be invaluable in your PhD studies and beyond.

Save Time and Money Earning Your Post-Master's Certificate 

Our PhD in Adult Education is also designed to allow you to concurrently enroll in Capella's Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching, allowing you to earn two valuable credentials at the same time.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD 

In the PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella, you'll be prepared to facilitate the learning process for adults, uphold professional ethical standards and socially responsible behavior, and perform relevant, high quality, scholarly research. Additionally, you'll be highly qualified to provide vision and direction in adult serving, post-secondary education and community settings. 

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education include: faculty member, director of grant writing, academic affairs vice president, dean, provost or community college president. Potential workplaces include: corporation, community college, vocational school, military education, adult education program, and land-based or online college or university.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

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. 

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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 online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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
$707 per credit, 92 total quarter credits, 16 max 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. 

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Grants

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

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Federal Work Study

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

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.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds 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.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

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.