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Teaching Adult Learners Certificate

The Teaching Adult Learners Professional Certificate is an online certificate program. The program is designed to prepare you to work with groups of adult learners in diverse and challenging environments. Whether you work in an educational or corporate setting, understanding how to teach and train adults can build effective management skills, make your classrooms much more effective and engaging, and ultimately advance your career to new levels of success.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (All 11 are required)
Introduction to Online Learning
EDUC-30989
2
O O O O
Foundations of Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDUC-30990
2
O O O O
Foundations of Adult Education
EDUC-30045
3
O   O  
Interpersonal Relations, Communication Skills, and Guidance
EDUC-30054
2
  O   O
Teaching and Training Adults in Diverse Settings
EDUC-31266
3
  O   O
Effective Strategies for Teaching and Training Adults
EDUC-31267
3
  O   O
Post-Secondary Instruction Emphasis (Complete all courses listed in area)
Instructional Practices
EDUC-30053
3
  O   O
Current Issues in Adult Education
EDUC-30006
2
O   O  
Preparing for a Community College Career
EDUC-30556
1
O   O  
Instructional Technology Tools
CSE-40798
2
O O O O
Adult Learners Capstone Portfolio
EDUC-31233
1
Schedule Varies
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Education, 858-534-9286
Email: unexeduc@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

This is an opportunity to enhance your existing area of expertise and become a skilled and engaging trainer in an educational or corporate setting. The program will develop your abilities to:
(1) Understand how to teach and train adults in diverse settings.
(2) Create effective curriculum and successful training sessions.
(3) Demonstrate your new skills and abilities to advance your career.

Certificate Guidelines

All candidates who wish to receive the Teaching Adult Learners Professional Certificate are required to:

  • (1) Enroll in the Teaching Adult Learners certificate program.
  • (2) Pay the certificate fee.
  • (3) Complete all the required online courses with a grade of “C” or better.
  • (4) Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.
Students must first complete “Introduction to Online Learning” and “Foundations of Curriculum Design and Evaluation.”

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Steps Experience course. These courses allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.

Enrich your understanding of Teaching Adult Learners and explore topics such as foundations of curriculum and design; foundations of adult education; instructional practices; instructional technology tools; and effective strategies for teaching and training adults.

Candidates are also encouraged to take the Next Step by enrolling in the Adult Learners Capstone Portfolio where they develop their portfolio demonstrating the application of the skills and abilities learned throughout the program working collaboratively with a program advisor. During the application process, a prospective candidate should consider possible adult learners from his or her current company, employer, or volunteer organization; to apply learned skills and demonstrate results in delivering curriculum to adult learners.

State Requirements

EDUC 30989 Introduction to Teaching Online and EDUC 30990 Foundations of Curriculum Design and Evaluation are required prerequisites for all the other courses throughout the program.

Industry Requirements

If you wish to take one of the Teaching Adult Learners Professional Certificate online courses for professional development without registering for the program, you may do so. Simply register for an available section.

Advisors

Tony Alfaro
Principal
Chula Vista Adult School

Christine Bagwell
Manager of Instructional WWW Development Center
University of California San Diego

Lisa Bonebrake
Director
Collaborations of Teachers and Artists

Cynthia Schubert-Irastorza
Co-Chair, Teacher Education Department
National University