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Adult Learning and Development Certificate

Reach your career goals by attaining a certificate in Adult Learning and Development.

With an increased demand for qualified adult educators, the APHE program can help you obtain a degree intended to increase the knowledge and competence of those who work with adult learners in a variety of areas that include community-based education, workplace learning, human resources, healthcare education and higher education.

The certificate in Adult Learning and Development offers convenience and flexibility by being able to complete the entire certificate online. Courses are offered in an online (web) format for students who have additional commitments such as child and family care and/or demanding work schedules. The online (web) format follows the same rigorous curricula as on- campus options, leading to similar advancement opportunities for our graduates.

The certificate offers rolling admissions so interested students can apply at any time and if accepted, enroll in courses any semester. In addition, the majority of our courses can be taken in any sequence, which allows you to take coursework on your preferred timeline.

The Adult Learning and Development certificate at CSU is unique in that it provides an urban perspective and experience. In addition, the certificate is practitioner-oriented, grounded in theory.

Time to Complete: You can graduate with the certificate within three semesters by taking two courses each semester. Students who need more time for personal and/or professional reasons have the flexibility to complete the certificate within a timeframe that meets their needs.

Credits: 5 courses totaling 15 credits

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website.

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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

The certificate in Adult Learning and Development prepares you to work with adult learners in a variety of areas that include community-based education, workplace learning, human resources development, healthcare education, and higher education.

Adult education spans a variety of areas. Individuals may choose to work with learners who are developing basic skills in literacy or high school equivalency programs. Adult educators design and implement programs in community-based organizations such as non-profits, museums, or community recreation centers. Adult educators work in correctional facilities to help individuals develop life and employment skills. Despite the disparate nature of these positions, they have a core skill set. Educators in these areas have a strong understanding of adult learning and development theories, they understand how to utilize a variety of instructional methods that are appropriate for their content and population, and they understand how to effectively design and evaluate programs.

Students who choose the adult education specialization may pursue a career as a(n):

The certificate program requires a total of fifteen credit hours: a twelve-credit core of required courses and three credits of elective course work chosen by the student with approval from program faculty.

Course Title Credits
ALD 605 Adult Learning & Development Theories and Practice 3 Credits
ALD 607 Adult Education in a Changing Society 3 Credits
ALD 645 Organizational Learning and Change 3 Credits
ALD 663 Planning Programs for Adult Learners 3 Credits

Course work chosen by the student with faculty approval (3 credits).

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for the Certificate in Adult Learning and Development.

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For program information contact:

Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning
Cleveland State University
2485 Euclid Avenue, JH 275
Cleveland, OH 44115

Learning Methodology

Students take four required core courses (12 credit hours). The remaining course is dependent on your interests, thus allowing you to develop an expertise in this area, totaling 15 credit hours.

Students take four required courses and one elective (15 credit hours) that help enhance skills in:

Coursework consists of student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. This includes collaborative learning opportunities and discussions, critical reflection, and research projects that focus on real world application of course content. Our certificate encourages in-depth and challenging learning environment which can be applied to one’s immediate and future work and life context.

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Our faculty are accomplished in the field of adult education, higher education, workplace learning, and healthcare education. They have published books, have numerous articles published in top tier journals, and presented at international and national conferences.

Our scholar–practitioners are here to help you succeed by providing a supportive learning environment within the classroom setting as well as through mentoring outside the classroom. Faculty are available face-to-face and virtually to help you meet your educational and career goals through advising and mentoring experiences.

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