Adult Learning Resources

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Adult learning courses offer the opportunity to further your education, whether that's earning your GED or simply mastering the skills necessary for career advancement. Check out some valuable adult learning resources below and get started on the path that's right for you.

Learning Resources for Adults

Adult learning can encompass a variety of learning activities ranging from formal coursework completed at an educational institution, to non-formal training courses provided through the workplace or community organizations. Adult learners usually seek out adult learning resources to obtain a GED, learn a new skill or language, or renew a license or certification. Browse the categories below to find courses that will help you achieve your educational goals.

GED Resources for Adults

For adults who have not received a high school diploma, obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) credential is a viable option and is typically required when seeking employment. Individuals can earn their GED by taking and passing the corresponding exams in science, math, social studies, reading and writing. Prepare for these tests by taking the courses below:

ESL Resources for Adults

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are popular adult learning courses that offer non-native speakers opportunities to learn and practice their English language skills. The ESL courses listed below include brief yet engaging video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes to help individuals memorize key information.

Continuing Education Resources for Adults

Another common type of adult learning is continuing education, or professional development, which includes courses for licensure renewal or to maintain a certification. Some careers that require and/or benefit from continuing education credits typically include teachers, accountants, healthcare workers, tradesmen/women, and realtors. Check out the courses below to see which ones can be applied to your continuing education credits.

Lifelong Learning Resources for Adults

Many adults decide to further their education because they enjoy learning and wish to pursue additional skills for personal fulfillment or professional advancement. Courses for this type of learning can range from technical training in the latest software to introductory classes in art or music. Review the categories below and the corresponding courses to see if any strike your interest for continued learning.

Business Courses for Adults

Even adults who hold college degrees and professional certifications can benefit from taking refresher courses in their field and/or acquiring additional business acumen. Taking these types of courses can provide opportunities for advancement or offer the skills needed to transition into a new career. Below are a few courses that will benefit most working professionals.

Hobbyist Courses for Adults

Having a personal interest in a certain subject is one of the main driving forces that lead many adults to pursue additional learning beyond what is typically required. Attending classes and completing assignments become more enjoyable when there is a self-motivated interest to learn about a specific topic. Study.com has a wide selection of courses in almost every possible subject that can help you further develop your interest and passion. A small sampling of such courses offers video lessons on:

Technical Courses for Adults

With the increased use of technology in the workplace and its rapid advancement in most all areas of life, it is important to learn and keep up with the latest developments. Adults of all ages, especially working professionals, can choose from a variety of courses in just about every technological application available to stay current. The courses below can be used to refresh or enhance professional skills, or provide a crash-course in the latest software for personal use.

Earning College Credit

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Transferring credit to the school of your choice

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