2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Adult Education

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The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Adult Education prepares current and aspiring adult education and training practitioners to develop and deliver effective adult instruction in a variety of settings. In this post-master’s program, students explore adult education theory; methods for studying how adults learn; and best practices for designing, assessing, and facilitating adult learning experiences. In the final capstone course, students examine the impact of new technologies and globalization on adult learning trends and apply their coursework to a real-world challenge within their work environment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge related to the current research-based literature and trends in adult learning.
  2. Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed by a professional in higher education and/or adult learning.
  3. Provide evidence of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, and interpret educational research.
  4. Exhibit the ability to provide leadership via effective communication and use of technology.
  5. Articulate the impact of global interrelationships and affirm diversity in one’s own work in adult learning.
  6. Apply collaborative skills with a range of stakeholders in higher education and/or in adult learning organizations to effect positive social change.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to impact social change in adult education.


Degree Requirements

  • 36 total semester credit hours
  • Foundations course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Applied Research (6 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone (6 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum of 6 semesters’ enrollment


Core Curriculum

Course Sequence

Semester Course
1 EDUC 7010 Foundations: The Changing Context of Postsecondary and Adult Teaching and Learning*
2 EDUC 7011 How Adults Learn: Theory and Research
3 EDUC 7012 Applied Research in Education
4 EDUC 7304 Designing and Assessing Learning Experiences
5 EDUC 7014 Facilitating Adult Learning
6 EDUC 7015 Adult Education Capstone: Trends, Issues, Global Perspectives

*Note: This course may not be taken concurrently with any other course.


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