Adult Education

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Adult Education

Do you have a knack for teaching? Are you willing to gain knowledge in order to educate/train others? Then pursuing a course in Adult Education or Literacy is what you can aim for! Running for a period of 3-4 years at the bachelor’s level and 1-2 years at the masters level, Adult Education courses train students in evaluation practices, skill facilitation, literacy and language, removing barriers of communication, developing effective workplace strategies and human resources, etc. This opens the door to employment opportunities across government and private organisations, academic institutions, corporate sectors, etc.

What does an Adult Education Course Entail?

When adults, who due to some reasons could not continue their formal education, but now wish to engage in self-education activities in order to obtain new forms of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, it is called Adult Education. This can be done by pursuing vocational, short term courses, degree programs, or skill development courses. However, to teach and train such individuals, professionals are needed. This is where the Adult Education courses come into the picture. Those who graduate with a degree in Adult Education or its variants are well equipped to not only impart subject-specific knowledge to the adults but also instill confidence, aid in personality development, and formulate curriculum.

Role of an Adult Educator

  • Aid in skill development.
  • Educate learners in a wide range of areas like cooking, photography, management, communication, etc.
  • Provide assistance to individuals with special needs.
  • Focus on building competencies that can help in fetching jobs.
  • Impart advanced knowledge to those who already have pursued a course in a particular field or have working experience.
  • Formulate instructional strategies in order to train a wide pool of employees.

Adult Education Courses

Adult education courses, which are designed to inculcate new forms of knowledge and equip learners with new skills are offered by scores of universities across the world at the graduate and postgraduate levels. Moreover, some of the technical and vocational institutions also provide these courses at a very nominal fee. Enlisted are some of the popular courses on Adult Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Literacy, Learning, and Leadership: Community Education Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Literacy Education
  • Master of Arts in Educating Adults
  • M.Ed. in Adult Learning
  • Master of Education (MED) in Adult and Higher Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Literacy Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education

While choosing a specialisation is important, selecting a university that offers quality education, state of the art infrastructure, well-trained faculty, and opportunities for gaining industrial exposure is essential. Here is a list of some of the renowned universities you can consider for pursuing Adult Education courses.

University Courses
Minnesota State University BS Family Consumer Science Education
University of Dundee BA (Hons) Community Education
University of the Fraser Valley Bachelor in AE
Brock University Certificate/BEd in AE
Charles Stuart University Bachelor/Associate degree in Adult and Vocational Education
University of California  MA/Ed.M. in Adult Learning and Leadership
Massey Univerity MEd Literacy Education
The University of British Columbia M.Ed in Adult Learning and Global Change
University of Glasgow MSc Educational Studies for Adult, Youth & Community Contexts 
Texas A&M University PhD in Educational HRD – Emphasis on AE
University of New South Wales MEd (Research) – Language and Literacy Education
Griffith University Master of Training and Development

Note: “AE” here refers to Adult Education. Furthermore, this is not an exhaustive list.

Career Prospects

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If you have a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Adult and Workforce Education, then you can find lucrative career opportunities in the corporate sector as well as in academic institutions, government organisations, and even small businesses. Enlisted are some of the major work profiles an Adult Education course graduate can work as:  

  • GED Instructor
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Continuing Education Professor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Curriculum Strategist/Writer

Hopefully, with this blog, you are now aware of the major courses and universities offering degree programs in Adult Education! Interested in pursuing these programs but not sure how to proceed with the application? Then reach out to our experts at Leverage Edu who will provide guidance in completing the admission formalities and will also help you write a statement of purpose(SOP) that will make your candidature stand out from the rest!

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