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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

COURSE CREDITS  FALL  WINTER  SPRING  SUMMER 
Required courses
ELP 520 Developmental Perspectives of Adult Learners 4 F2F Online  Hybrid/
Saturday
Hybrid 
ELP 521 Adult Learning and Motivation 4 F2F  Hybrid/
Saturday
  Online 
ELP 522 Teaching Diverse Adult Learners 4
  F2F  Online 
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 Culminating Project (Self-Directed Learning Experience) 2  Online Online Online Online 

How to apply

For a complete application packet, click here.

For information about the PACE Master's degree, please visit www.pdx.edu/elp/pace-mams-program-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

Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.