MAY 15, 2012

City University of Seattle Launches a Master of Education in Adult Learning Program

The news has been filled with stories about the “skills gap” and the need for training to help people get back to work. This means a stronger emphasis on training and an increased need for professionals who understand how to educate adults.  The training landscape is changing—there are new technologies and new ways of learning, including open-source platforms and the “gamification” of training. Adult education professionals need to learn new ways of engaging adult learners.

To help meet this demand, City University of Seattle (CityU) has launched the new Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Learning. Today, CityU will begin accepting applications for this program, with classes beginning in October 2012. The M.Ed. in Adult Learning program is uniquely designed for professionals who teach adults and want to expand their expertise to integrate current theory and best practices. Offered entirely online, this program is flexible around a full-time work schedule.

As with every program at CityU, the goal is for students to be able to apply what they learn the very next day.  Students in this program will learn how to integrate technology, apply traditional and non-traditional teaching techniques, and engage with adult learners in a variety of ways. Instructional and curriculum design, e-learning techniques, and evaluation methods are just a few of the topics taught within this Master’s program. Students will be studying in the environment that adult learners will need and demand in the future.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that public and private educational services will grow by 14 percent, adding about 1.8 million new jobs through 2020. The demand for adult education services are expected to increase as America strives to equip adults to meet tomorrow’s workplace challenges. The M.Ed. in Adult Learning program will prepare graduates to be better curriculum developers, instructional designers, training administrators, corporate trainers, or adult educators to help meet a growing need.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, students can go here.


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