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Programs for an Adult Education Degree

Those who would rather teach adults than children should consider looking into adult education programs. Such programs are designed to provide an education on postsecondary education, adult literacy and ongoing professional development. Individuals who currently have other careers or obligations but would still like to earn a degree in adult learning might be more comfortable with a distance learning program.

Courses in adult education programs often touch on such subject areas as ways to evaluate and teach adults, and modern methods of continuing and distance education. A majority of programs give students the option of selecting their own electives in order that they may meet their specific career goals. Two of the most common concentration areas include education technology and English as a Second Language. Depending on the program, students might be able to earn a degree in as few as 16 months. There are also programs that take two years or more to finish.

No matter the concentration or whether the program is traditional or taught online, it’s best to ensure the program is accredited by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Prospective students should also examine the program description carefully to see whether it’s designed to mold human resources professionals and corporate trainers or if students will learn how to teach adult learners in a traditional school setting.

 

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