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Help Adult Learners Achieve Their Goals

The Master of Education in Adult Education and Instructional Design (MAEID) prepares students to become leaders in the design, development, and integration of technology and online learning into both academic and private sectors. The program emphasizes the instructional design development and design process, adult learning theory, gamification, media, and technology. The program connects theory to practice preparing learning professionals (educators, consultants, corporate trainers, program designers, and managers) to design learning experiences that promote creativity and active learning in class and online. The program allows students to apply course content to create applied projects and practice their skills through instructor and peer feedback. To this end, students are encouraged to promote global connections, ethical responsibility, and multicultural understanding.

The MEd in Adult Education and Instructional Design was created for the working adult. You will work with faculty who are also practitioners in their field. Not only are they responsive and provide relevant, constructive feedback, they also bring the course content to life with real stories to help you make connections. You will have access to free textbooks and resources for all classes 24/7, as well as personalized library support.

Students receiving a TESOL Certificate from CityU can transfer 12 credits into the program replacing EAD 507 and EAD529, which allows them to complete this master's degree program in one year.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Education in Adult Education program, you’ll learn:

  • Adult learning theory
  • Instructional strategies for adult learners
  • The use of technology while considering the diverse learning styles
  • Developing educational or training programs for adults
  • Curriculum development and instructional design models

Total Required Credits (36 credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Core (30 credits)

EAD 505 Adult Learning Theory (6)

EAD 507 Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (6)

EAD 524 Instructional Design Technology (6)

EAD 527 Program Design, Assessment and Evaluation (6)

EAD 529 Curriculum Development and Instructional Design (6)

Capstone (6 credits) 

EAD 611 Capstone: Adult Education and Instructional Design (6)


No matter what stage of your career you’re in, the CityU master’s in adult education will help you gain skills to immediately improve your performance, benefit the lives of others, and open up employment opportunities.

The MEd in Adult Education program fosters a design mindset that prepares graduates for roles as:

  • Trainers
  • Instructional designers
  • Teachers
  • Instructors
  • Curriculum developers
  • Program designers
  • Training administrators

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.