Reach Your Career Goals
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, most 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.
5 courses totaling 15 credits
The certificate in Adult Learning and Development prepares professionals who reflect our commitment to educational excellence for adults through teaching, research, and service. We are focused on leadership, social justice, and partnerships in addressing contemporary urban needs and our program’s goals reflect the college mission.
Typically, students enroll in 1-2 courses (3-6 credit hours) a semester. 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. The certificate is 15 credit hours (each course is 3 credit hours) so you would take five courses.
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:
- Adult learning theory
- Adult development theory
- Program planning and evaluation
- Curriculum design and instruction
- Adult education context
- Organizational development theory
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.
- Bachelor's degree
- Apply for admission to Cleveland State University
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.
|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).
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.
Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.
To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.
If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.
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.
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.
Students who choose the adult education specialization may pursue a career as a(n):
- GED/HS Equivalency instructor
- Corrections educator
- Adult literacy teacher
- Program coordinator
- Community school administrator
- Educational policy maker
- Instructional designer
- Employee of a non-profit agency (cultural institution, senior citizen center, zoo)