Capella University

MS - Adult Education

Capella University's MS - Adult Education program is designed to provide current and aspiring educators with the opportunity to enhance their teaching qualifications for postsecondary environments. Students gain specialized training for educating adult learners. Find out more about Capella University's MS - Adult Education program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Adult Education

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to Capella's MS - Adult Education program must hold a bachelor's degree, but it doesn't have to be in education. While previous work experience in education is also not required, many applicants will have classroom hours in higher education settings.

Program Description:

As a student in Capella's MS - Adult Education program, you'll develop greater insight into meeting the instructional needs of mature learners from diverse backgrounds. The degree program is designed to improve postsecondary educators' performance through developmental emphases on reflective teaching, innovative instructional methods, and student-directed practices. The intent of the program is to provide actionable professional development that allows higher education instructors to create more effective adult learning environments.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

48 quarter credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Students enrolled in Capella University have several opportunities to reduce their tuition costs, including employer reimbursement programs, veterans benefit programs, tuition discounts through corporate alliances, U.S. Armed Forces education benefits, and credit transfers. Federal and non-federal loans and grants are available to qualifying students. Capella-funded scholarships are also available.

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Required Courses for a MS - Adult Education:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • ED 5010: Foundational for Master's Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5006: Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5012: Overview of Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5016: Foundations of Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

  • ED 5317: Foundations of Adult Education (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5340: Theories and Principles of Adult Learning (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5342: Multicultural Perspectives in Adult Education (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5344: Strategies and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5346: Assessment of Learning and Teaching in Adult Education (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5348: Adult Education Program Development (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 5390: Adult Education Capstone (4 quarter credits)

In addition, students must choose one of the following:

  • ED 5311: Collaborative Nature of Adult Education (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 7703: Student Development, Challenges, and Successes (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 7713: Student Advising and Retention (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 7716: Faculty Leadership (4 quarter credits)
  • ED 8601: Effective Online Course Design, Delivery, Facilitation, and Assessment (4 quarter credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

You may not need a doctoral degree to secure a teaching position in higher education, but those with doctorates could be favored for the most desirable jobs. Professionals who wish to advance their knowledge of educational concepts and contribute scholarly work to their field can choose from a variety of doctoral programs. Those earning a doctoral degree often go on to work in teacher education programs at postsecondary institutions.

Doctoral degrees that graduates may pursue include:

  • EdD - Educational Leadership and Management
  • EdD - Curriculum and Instruction
  • PhD - Postsecondary and Adult Education

Potential Career Paths:

Capella University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Adult Education program is designed to give current and prospective postsecondary teachers skills to provide effective instruction in learning environments, specifically those settings with mature learners. Graduates may be qualified for positions in two and four year postsecondary institutions, community education programs, and corporate training departments.

Positions graduates may pursue include:

  • Adjunct or part-time instructor of education courses
  • Continuing education coordinator
  • Corporate mid-level manager
  • Education specialist
  • Grant writer
  • Program director
  • Student services coordinator

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