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Adult Learning Graduate Certificate

15 Credits (Available Online)

This graduate certificate program is perfect for working professionals who would like to expand their skills in the areas of instructional methods, curriculum design, program evaluation, and adult learning theories and principles. If you are teaching adults or facilitating workshops, this is an excellent certificate to enhance your skill set.


EDACE 765 – Adult Learners and Integrating Technology into Curriculum (3 credits)

This course includes an in-depth study of methods for integrating innovative technologies into the curriculum for adult learners. Adult learning theories and integration models will be examined. Students will evaluate the technologies for relevance and effectiveness in teaching and learning for a diverse adult population. They will leave this course with the understanding that an effective technology integration model should be both flexible and adaptable. The model should accommodate the rapidly changing demands of the job market, yet maintain the logic to offer adult learners authentic learning experience.

EDACE 785 – Designing Classroom Instruction and Curriculum for Adult Learners (3 credits)

This course focuses on the systematic approach to instructional design for adult learners. Components discussed include: a) identifying and writing instructional goals and objectives; b) identifying skills and knowledge to be included in instruction; c) analyzing learners and the context of the instruction; d) writing learning objectives and outcomes; e) designing instructional strategies; f) developing instructional materials including any adding blended learning techniques; g) designing and conducting formative evaluation of instruction, creating rubrics and assessments for learning outcomes; and h) designing and conducting summative evaluations. Transfer of learning and assessment concepts are the major focus of this course.

EDACE 790 – Characteristics of Adult Learners (3 credits)

This course examines the psychological, physical, intellectual, and other characteristics affecting adults and their ability to learn. Adult development and learning theories, motivation, barriers to participation, and the implications for the education of adults in a variety of learning situations are discussed. Multiple opportunities for critique and analysis of class concepts are included as well as an emphasis on the practical implications of coursework.

EDACE 847 – Adult Learning and Motivation (3 credits)

This course presents an overview of significant learning and motivational theories and the educational implications for adult educators. As these theories are based on assumptions about the nature of knowledge, current assumptions are examined. As student populations have grown more diverse, educators have devised methods for more culturally responsive teaching. How diversity impacts motivation and strategies for successful motivation is explored. Emphasis is placed on how these ideas can be used in a practical way to enhance the learning and motivation of the adult learner.

EDACE 875 – Program Evaluation (3 credits) (or equivalent approved course by the program contact)

This course examines the foundational elements and key ideas associated with the process and practice of program evaluation. Various approaches to program evaluation, program evaluation models, data collection and analysis practices are discussed. Participants are given opportunities to review and critique current literature concerning program evaluation and to develop a basic individualized framework for program evaluation. Multiple opportunities for discussion and analysis of class concepts and the implications for the improvement of instruction and educational practice are included in this course.

Application and Admission Requirements

Applications to the Graduate Certificates programs are accepted year round and students may start courses any time during the year.

Students New to K-State Graduate School
  • Complete the online Graduate School Application indicating the field of study will be chosen graduate certificate program.
  • Submit an official transcripts documenting completion of a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • Submit a one to two page statement of objectives explaining how this graduate certificate will support career goals or profession.
  • Applicants who are also English second language learners must also submit documents meeting the Graduate School English Proficiency Requirements with the application materials. (An applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university is exempt from this requirement.
Students Already in a Master's or Doctoral Degree Program at K-State

If you are already admitted to a Graduate Degree program at K-State and maintain both good academic standing in the Graduate School and a 3.00 GPA, contact Dr. Royce Ann Collins (racollin@k-state.edu) with the name of the certificate program and explain in a few paragraphs why you want to add the certificate program.

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