Degrees & Programs

Adult Education

Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Even as adults, we must learn and adapt. Technological advancements and rapidly changing work environments present challenges which require new skills. Educators who are committed to helping adult learners overcome challenges and achieve their goals are in high demand. Qualified adult education professionals are needed in academic, community, governmental, and corporate organizations.

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How do you teach adult learners? How do their needs differ from those of young learners? How do you develop effective instructional programs for adults? What are the components of a learning environment where adults feel safe, comfortable, and able to grow? We prepare educators to answer these questions and develop the skills to engage adult learners in a variety of learning environments.

The M.S.Ed. in Adult Education is a program designed to help professionals like you work effectively with adult learners. It provides a strong background in adult learning and program planning, as well as the diverse philosophical, theoretical, and historical contexts of adult education in the United States. It emphasizes purposeful, active learning and the development of practitioners who apply theory to practice and, in turn, practice to theory.

Established in 1946, it is one of the nation's oldest adult education programs. It was converted to an online format in 1998 and offers the flexibility needed by working professionals.


Adult Education faculty are instrumental in developing and sharing best practices for teaching adult learners. As practitioners, their real-world experience influenced their approach to skill training and educational program planning. And as teachers, they combine theory with practice in their course instruction to prepare educators who will help adults expand their knowledge and achieve their goals.


Graduates of the program live and work throughout the world. They include teachers and administrators in vocational programs and community colleges, human resource managers, corporate trainers, continuing educators, academic advisors, technical instructors, and instructional designers. Alumni job titles indicate the variety of adult education career opportunities in both the private and public sectors.

This practitioner-oriented master's degree prepares individuals interested in working with adult learners in a variety of fields, including but not limited to continuing professional education, corporate training and development, postsecondary education, government, non-profit organizations, human services, the military, and adult basic education.


For detailed information about our adult education program, please contact:

Frank Di Silvestro
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 2230
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 855-6520