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About the Teaching Adult Learners Program

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.
 
The Professional Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners is designed and taught by specialists currently working in the field. Our instructors are highly experienced in andragogy, online instruction, and curriculum development and focus on the development of practical classroom skills and effective teaching techniques. Their skills and knowledge are what keeps our program up-to-date in the field. This certificate will certainly add to your expertise and knowledge of teaching adults and presenting material in the online environment.

Target Audience
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:

  • Understand how to teach and train adults in diverse settings.
  • Create effective curriculum and successful training sessions.
  • Demonstrate your new skills and abilities to advance your career.

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 our new skills and abilities to advance your career.

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 a "C" or better.
  4. Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.

Students must first complete an Introduction to Online Learning and a Foundations of Curriculum Design and Evaluation.

Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $3,200

Duration: 9 - 12 Months

Contact
Department
Education
Phone
858-534-9286
Email
unexeduc@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • # of courses required: 11
  • Total units: 24

All 11 are required

Introduction to Online LearningEDUC-40989

Units: 2.00

$245

This course offers an overview of distance learning: its history, current status and future progress. Participants will also receive an introduction to learning theories and be introduced to different...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Foundations of Curriculum Design and EvaluationEDUC-40990

Units: 2.00

$245

This course presents an overview of curriculum development & an introduction to the Instructional Systems Design Model. Participants will learn to design & evaluate curriculum, develop instructional m...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Foundations of Adult EducationEDUC-40096

Units: 3.00

$385

This course features practical strategies & effective instructional techniques for holding the attention of adult learners, thereby enhancing their educational experience. Topics include ages & stages...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Interpersonal Relations, Communication Skills, and GuidanceEDUC-40098

Units: 2.00

$245

Adults participating in continuing education and post secondary programs reflect a wide range of interests and are of various ages and economic levels. Because we are all unique, educators must be ab...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Teaching and Training Adults in Diverse SettingsEDUC-41266

Units: 3.00

$385

This course provides students with perspectives on working with adults from diverse backgrounds in divergent settings. This course focuses on the differentiation of teaching and training to build upon...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Effective Strategies for Teaching and Training AdultsEDUC-41267

Units: 3.00

$385

This course presents effective research-based strategies to maximize adult learning in a variety of contexts. Effective Strategies examines Androgogy, the science of adult learning, including the foll...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

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Instructional PracticesEDUC-40097

Units: 3.00

$385

This course explores the current and future directions in learning and adult education, focusing on successful techniques for developing relevant and effective adult-oriented educational programs and ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Current Issues in Adult EducationEDUC-40091

Units: 2.00

$245

As learning has become a lifelong pursuit, educators as well as the media are placing more emphasis on adulthood. This course explores some of the issues that impact adult education, with a focus on u...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Preparing for a Community College CareerEDUC-40556

Units: 1.00

$245

This course is designed for individuals interested in teaching, counseling, and administrative opportunities in the community colleges. Students gain an overview of the California community college sy...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

Instructional Technology ToolsCSE-40798

Units: 2.00

$245

This course will introduce participants to leading learning management systems (LMS). Participants will receive an orientation of what tools are available in each LMS, as well as best practices for ac...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Adult Learners Capstone PortfolioEDUC-41233

Units: 1.00

$200

Students will work collaboratively with a program advisor to create a final portfolio. This portfolio will consist of a compilation of highlights from throughout the program and a personal review of ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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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 Board Requirements

EDUC 40989 Introduction to Teaching Online and EDUC 40990 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.

Advisory Board

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

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.