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Adult Education

Graduate Certificate

The field of adult education explores the various ways in which adults learn. In our 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 masters 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 purse 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 masters program.


  • D 500Introduction to Adult Education Theory3 Credits
  • D 505Adult Learning through the Lifespan3 Credits
  • D 506Adult Education Planning and Development3 Credits
  • D 512 Forms and Forces in Adult Education3 Credits
  • D 523Small Group Theory in Adult Education 3 Credits
  • D 525Introduction to Distance Education Systems 3 Credits
  • D 600The Teaching Learning Transaction in Adult Education 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.