The Adult Learning Program is designed for people interested in higher education, workplace learning, community-based organizations or any setting where adults can be found learning. The program is characterized by students who come from varied professional and personal backgrounds, are intellectually curious, and supportive of the other students. In interactive courses, students explore how adults learn and develop through an understanding of research, theory, and reflective practice. With a degree in educational psychology, our graduates use their knowledge of adult learning to advance their careers as college instructors, university professors, adult basic education teachers, leaders in non-profit organizations, training and organizational development consultants, and nurse educators.
About Adult Learning
The Adult Learning concentration is designed to help participants:
- Better understand adult learning processes in terms of its theoretical and conceptual underpinnings and its operation in practical situations;
- Be further prepared for the increasingly changing demands of professional life;
- Practice reflectively and help others develop their skills as reflective practitioners;
- Learn skills in order to make contributions to the areas of educational psychology and adult learning through presentations and publication of original research;
- Develop skills in facilitating adult learning and reflective practice; Broaden interest, skills, and knowledge that emphasize working within a pluralistic society.
- Inquiry and reflection in the context of a learning community are at the heart of the Adult Learning program. A learning community forms when students engage with each other and with faculty in scholarly activities that contribute to the body of knowledge about adult learning and one’s own professional practice.
- Experience, interests, and talents of students are considered in the application process and are woven throughout the Adult Learning course of study. Many students in the program are employed or engaged with adult learners in a wide variety of contexts. Their professional experiences contribute to a deeper understanding of the link between theory and practice.
- Support. Faculty and fellow students provide guidance and support during the master’s and doctoral program. Advanced students are a valuable resource for newer students. Faculty and students often collaborate on projects and research; this work frequently leads to presentations at national and international conferences and papers published in journals.
- Flexibility. Students participate in Adult Learning on a full-time (9 credit hours a semester for at least two consecutive semesters) or part-time (less than 9 credit hours) basis. Either way, the program flexibility meets diverse needs of master’s and doctoral students. Courses are offered evenings, weekends, and online to serve a wide variety of student needs.
Applications to the Office of Graduate Admissions must be completed online. All application materials are submitted through this site.
Application materials for the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling must be received by February 15th. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered only if space is available in the program.
Transfer credits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. At the master’s level, courses taken at another institution may be considered for transfer into the master’s program. At the doctoral level, courses are not officially transferred although they may be used to meet degree requirements. To be considered for review, a transferred a course must
- Be taken for graduate credit.
- Carry a grade of B or better.
- Be a part of a graduate program in which the student had at least a B average.
- Not have been used for a previous degree.
- Be approved by the student’s graduate committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Advising and Graduate Committees
Upon acceptance, students will be assigned a temporary advisor. All students must form a graduate committee, ideally by the end of the first year of study. At this point, students may change advisors after identifying their interests and getting to know other faculty. The major professor directs the student’s dissertation and chairs the dissertation committee. The student and the major professor identify a committee of at least four faculty members. One member must be from an academic unit other than Educational Psychology and Research. Doctoral committees should be formed after the first year of study. Students with their advisors complete a program plan to guide completion of requirements. Check the Graduate Catalog for details of graduate study.
About the Master’s Program
The master of science degree in educational psychology with a concentration in Adult Education is taught through the online program we call EdPsych Online. Information on how to apply, a program brochure, and the EdPsych Online Faculty can all be found at EdPsych Online.
Adult Learning Community
Comments from some Adult Learning Students
Comments from some Adult Learning Graduates