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Adult Education

Graduate Certificate

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The field of adult education explores the various ways in which adults learn. In today's global economy and complex technological society, lifelong learning has taken on a new importance, as adults in the workplace try to keep their skills up to date. As a result, the need for educators adept in working with adult learners has never been so keen.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Adult Education is designed to help professionals work effectively with adult learners in a variety of learning environments. You acquire a basic background in adult learning and program planning, as well as the diverse philosophical, theoretical, and historical contexts of adult education in the United States. This certificate is especially attractive to people who teach or develop programs for adults, yet do not have a graduate degree in adult education or the skills needed to educate this growing adult population.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Adult Education prepares you for such careers as:

  • Human resource training specialist
  • Human resource manager 
  • Corporate trainer 
  • Job training specialist 
  • Community college administrator 
  • Adult literacy and remedial education teacher 
  • E-learning specialist 
  • Community organization administrator 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Adult Education, you must complete 15 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Adult education core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Adult education elective courses (3 credit hours) 

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MSEd in Adult Education, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume 
  • TOEFL score (minimum 79) or IELTS score (minimum 6.5) - international students only 


EDUC-D 500Introduction to Adult Education Theory3 Credits
EDUC-D 505Adult Learning through the Lifespan3 Credits
EDUC-D 506Adult Education Planning and Development3 Credits
EDUC-D 512Forms and Forces in Adult Education3 Credits
EDUC-D 523Small Group Theory in Adult Education3 Credits
EDUC-D 525Introduction to Distance Education Systems in Adult Education3 Credits
EDUC-D 600The Teaching Learning Transaction in Adult Education3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00

Note: Additional fees will apply. This program is ineligible for financial aid.

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1470.00
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