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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



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.


City University of Seattle is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1


Degree programs that fit your busy lifestyle. Faculty and staff that want you to succeed.


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


Join the 50,000+ alumni who have graduated from City University of Seattle since 1973.