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Adult Learning & Development Graduate Certificate

Cleveland State University's Adult Learning and Development (ALD) graduate certificate program is designed to provide present and future adult educators with theories, competencies, and knowledge that will help them plan, teach, and administer programs for a diverse population of adult learners in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, technical/vocational colleges; proprietary schools; four-year colleges; literacy, ABE, and GED programs; and training programs within health care, business, and industrial settings.

The ALD graduate certificate program provides an avenue for meeting the continuing professional education requirements often required of professional adult educators. Additionally, the certificate program presents a challenging course of study for adult educators who seek further education but not necessarily a graduate degree.

Today's adult educator must possess vision, theory, and practical skills to promote active learning and reflection among a diverse population of adult learners. The ALD graduate certificate program provides present and future adult educators with an awareness of the issues facing them in a variety of learning environments. Theories, practical applications, instructional design, philosophy, and program planning and administration are emphasized through the courses in the program.

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Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Transcripts

Program Requirements

  • ALD 605 - Adult Learning & Development Theories and Practice
  • ALD 607 - Adult Education in a Changing Society
  • ALD 645 - Organizational Learning and Change
  • ALD 663 - Planning Programs for Adult Learners
  • Course work chosen by the student with faculty approval (3 credits).
Did You Know?

By 2020, 65% of all U.S. jobs will require education or training beyond high school, yet, 38% of the U.S. workforce—59 million out of 166 million adults—has only a high school education or less.

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Career Outcomes

  • Today's rapidly changing world requires adults to learn new ways of doing their jobs and prepare for career changes. This has resulted in a demand for qualified adult educators to assist adult learners as they cope with the effects of ever-changing technologies, organizational development, and new career requirements.
  • Adult educators work in a variety of settings, such as Adult Basic Education (ABE) or General Educational Development (GED) programs; two-and four-year colleges, universities, and technical institutions; ESL and literacy programs; continuing education, training, and development programs in human resource development departments in business and industry; cooperative extension services; health care organizations; social service agencies; continuing professional development; and community development.
  • These are some of the institutions hiring CSU grads: Cuyahoga Community College, Seeds of Literacy, Life Skills High Schools, MJH, and Medical Mutual.