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Teaching Adult Learners Graduate Certificate

The Teaching Adult Learners Graduate Certificate is a specialty for those interested in the facilitation of adult learning in college and workplace settings. The certificate program is designed primarily for:

  • Teachers and instructors who have advanced degrees, but do not have professional educational preparation in adult learning
  • Instructors in vocational technical fields
  • Workplace educators/trainers, whose responsibilities include teaching adult learners

Certificate learning objectives

  • The certificate program aims to prepare professional educators of adults who:
    • Are knowledgeable about adult learning and development
    • Are committed to meeting the needs of diverse learners
    • Base their teaching strategies on current research findings and theoretical frameworks about adult learning and development
    • Continually strive to improve teaching practice through assessment of student learning

Certificate curriculum (18 credits total)

For the convenience of our diverse student body, students can choose to take these certificates in two ways: 

  • Distance option - completely online courses or hybrid courses (meet 4 times F2F with online work between meetings).
  • On-Campus option - weekly face to face courses or hybrid courses (meet 4 times F2F with online work between meetings).

Schedule

Refer to the PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats (online, hybrid, F2F).

COURSE CREDITS 
Required courses
ELP 520 Developmental Perspectives of Adult Learners 4
ELP 521 Adult Learning and Motivation 4
ELP 522 Teaching Diverse Adult Learners
Elective courses (Choose one)
Any ELP course 511-599 can count as an elective. Refer to the PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats (online, hybrid, F2F).
Culminating experience
ELP 506 Self-Directed Learning Experience
  OR
ELP 509 Internship/Practicum 
2

How to apply

For application instructions and to apply, visit the PACE Graduate Certificate Admissions page.

For information about the PACE Master's degree, please visit the PACE Master's Degree Program of Study.


Length of program

Intended time to complete: 3 terms

Employment

Jobs related to this program
Education administrators, all other: 11-9039

Contact

Andy Job

Teaching Adult Learners Graduate Certificate Coordinator
ajob@pdx.edu
503-725-4606
1-800-547-8887 ext. 54606

Additional financial information