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Adult Learning Graduate Education Programs

Alverno's School of Education has multiple Graduate Education Programs for professionals working in environments of adult learning. To request an information packet and application form e-mail Admissions. Questions? Contact Katie Kipp, Graduate Admissions Office, at 414-382-6045, toll free at 800-933-3401, or e-mail: katie.kipp@alverno.edu.

If you are a licensed K-12 teacher looking for an MA degree and/or advanced licensure, please use the "K-12 Advanced Licensure and Degree programs" link.  If you are a graduate student looking for initial teaching license, please click on the "Education Majors" link.

Adult Education and Instructional Design 

Total semester hours: 36 

This specialization focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in the development of adults in work settings. It is geared to those professionals whose work involves needs assessment, design, and delivery of training. The professionals for whom this program is appropriate include instructional designers, technical writers, course designers or developers, trainers, training designers and managers, and human-resource development professionals. Students apply their work in the program to real-life work sites and may use their own work sites for this purpose.

Qualified candidates must be engaged in a work setting in which their role focuses on assisting others to learn and develop their skills. Candidates complete four of the core requirements for the Master of Arts as well as the core requirements for Adult Education and elective courses focusing on Instructional Design.

Adult Education and Organizational Development 

Total semester hours: 36 

This specialization focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the development of organizations through change. While such work may call for traditional training at times, more often it focuses on facilitation of groups, internal and external consulting, and the use of intervention tools. The professionals for whom this program is appropriate include learning center directors, human-resource and organizational development professionals, performance technologists, performance consultants, and performance coaches. Students apply their work in the program to real-life work sites and may use their own work sites for this purpose.

Qualified candidates must be engaged in a work setting in which their role focuses on assisting others to learn and develop their skills. Candidates complete four of the core requirements for the Master of Arts as well the Adult Education core courses and elective courses focusing on Organizational Development.

To request an information packet and application form e-mail Admissions. Questions? Contact Katie Kipp, Graduate Admissions Office, at 414-382-6045, toll free at 800-933-3401, or e-mail: katie.kipp@alverno.edu.

Adult Education and Professional Development 

Total semester hours: PK-12 Focus 30 
Community College Focus 33

Through the Professional Development specialization, professionals in corporate, nonprofit, technical and community college settings develop their knowledge and skills to more effectively meet the needs of learners. These candidates can choose from a variety of electives offered in the Master of Arts program and/or submit proposals for self-designed courses, in order to pursue professional development options tailored to their specific classroom and/or subject area needs and interests. Through the independent study option, students can focus as many as 18 semester hours of electives on a specific content area. Students in this specialization work closely with their advisor to determine an appropriate course plan.

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