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

EAD 505

Adult Learning Theory (6)

Adult Learning Theory explores the major concepts in the field of adult learning. This course will provide advanced study of adult learning theory, philosophical foundations of adult education, and current research relating to specific issues and approaches for facilitating adult education in training, business, and educational contexts.

EAD 507

Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (6)

Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners provides a substantial grounding in the skills and abilities associated with effective teaching or training in adult contexts. By examining current approaches and best practices, students build their skills and emerge with a “tool kit” of strategies to facilitate learning in a variety of settings and with diverse groups of learners. Educators working with adult students in educational or business settings also need a foundation in the legal and ethical dimensions that will inform their practice, such as including students with disabilities, universal design, sexual harassment, and workplace or campus violence.

EAD 524

Instructional Design Technology (6)

This course focuses on how learning professionals effectively incorporate technology, enhance the learning process, and improve outcomes for the diverse learning styles and needs of adult learners both in-person and online. This course covers the design, development, and integration of digital media to enhance the learning experience with emphasis placed on how media, emerging and mobile tools, and online applications influence technology-mediated learning environments. Students will learn how technology is transforming adult education by removing traditional barriers to learning in both online and in-person classrooms.

EAD 527

Program Design, Assessment, and Evaluation (6)

Developing educational or training programs for adults requires higher level skills, which include identifying needs, establishing objectives, and critically evaluating outcomes. Evidence of student development or learning must then be assessed based on the outcomes and then be evaluated for quality. This course examines theories and techniques associated with the evaluation of educational or training programs, along with an overview of various models for evaluating courses and programs in education, industry, and adult training environments. Additionally, students will learn how program evaluation ties into accreditation or certification and provides evidence to support the assertions made in the program plan.

EAD 529

Curriculum Development and Instructional Design (6)

Curriculum Development and Instructional Design familiarizes students with the various curriculum development and instructional design models needed to support adult learning in education, business, and training contexts. Topics include: purposes of learning, learning contexts, learner characteristics, work setting characteristics, work/task analysis, learning outcomes, needs assessment, course design, and assessment strategies. Recent historical emphasis on accountability of student learning provides the context for a clear and effective approach to designing and assessing learning relative to established outcomes. Students learn various types of assessment strategies and tools, including authentic assessment. They also learn how to apply the results of learning outcomes assessment to improve student achievement and program effectiveness.



EAD 611

Capstone: Adult Education and Service Learning (6)

The capstone in adult education and service learning will allow students to focus on an area of interest in adult education and then create an applied project or a thesis based on research they will do on the educational modality and context.

EAD 612

Capstone: Training in Organizations (6)

The capstone in training in organizations will allow students to choose between an applied project, which will create a training program for a specific context familiar to the student or a thesis examining a problem or issue in the field of training and development.

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

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.