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Adult Education, MSEd

Master of Science

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 MSEd in Adult Education teaches you about the history of the adult education field, the contributions of the major adult education theorists, and the theories, models, and research methods used to design and administer adult education programs. As a student in the program, you acquire the instructional and program development skills sought by colleges, corporations, government, the military, and nonprofit organizations. You learn to solve instructional problems, from new skills training to cohesive group functionality.

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

  • Human resource training specialist 
  • Human resource manager 
  • Community college professor 
  • Adult literacy and remedial education teacher 
  • Employee relations specialist 
  • E-learning specialist 
  • Community organization administrator 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MSEd in Adult Education, you must complete 36 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Adult education core courses (20 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (16 credit hours) 


  • D 500Introduction to Adult Education Theory3 Credits
  • D 505Adult Learning through the Lifespan3 Credits
  • D 506Adult Education Planning and Development3 Credits
  • D 512Seminar in Forms and Forces of Adult Education3 Credits
  • D 521Participation Training2 Credits
  • D 525Introduction to Distance Education Systems in Adult Education3 Credits
  • D 640Capstone Seminar in Adult Education3 Credits
  • Y 520Strategies for Educational Inquiry3 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

Additional fees will apply.

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