Become a Leader in Adult Education and Training

Designed and facilitated by practicing professionals, Regis University’s Master of Science in Adult Education and Training Degree develops leaders in adult learning environments including corporate training, workforce development and continuing education.
Online Accelerated

M.S. Adult Education & Training

Master of Science Adult Education & Training (Non-Licensure)

Discover how global economic, social, and political issues influence adult education and training in the 21st century and acquire the skills needed to address the educational needs of a rapidly changing society. In this program, students will learn to:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable education and training programs.
  • Learn face-to-face and virtual facilitation techniques for corporate, community and educational classrooms.
  • Gain expert knowledge in foundational and emerging perspectives on adult learning.

Total Degree Requirements 39 credit hours
Foundational Course Requirements 9 credit hours
Core Course Requirements 15 credit hours
Area of Emphasis Electives 9 credit hours
Degree Completion Requirements* 6 credit hours

*After completing ADET697 – Research methods and Inquiry II, students may choose from an applied research project or graduate thesis to complete their degree requirements.

This program aligns with standards set forth by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) and is offered completely online.

Students may choose from three areas of emphasis in addition to a general emphasis:

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • Higher Education Instruction
  • General – for students who are interested in transferring credits toward their degree

Graduates of this program will be well qualified for post-secondary, corporate, nonprofit, community, and government education and training positions. Specific job titles include:

  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Career and Technical Education Faculty (community college)
  • Training & Development Manager
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Distance Learning Coordinators

      Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

      M.S. Adult Education Program Requirements

      Listed below are the required courses for completion of this M.S. degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

      This degree program requires 39.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

      CPS: M.S. Adult Education and Training

      ADET 602 - Survey of Adult Education & Training

      Provides an overview of adult education and training and an orientation to graduate work and research, life in an e-learning community, and Regis University's core values and learning outcomes.

      ADET 604 - Theory of Adult Education & Training

      Explores adult learning theory that informs the field of adult education and training today. Considers the global nature of adult education and studies the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*602;

      ADET 606 - Research Methods & Inquiry I

      Explores the role of scholarly and action research focusing on finding, interpreting and evaluating research for practical application. Knowlege gained in the course will prepare students for program assignments and professional writing.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*604;

      ADET 612 - Training/Development Global Workforce

      Examines ways in which economic, social, multigenerational and political issues transform adult education and training and how these issues influence learning theory applied to creating education and training programs for a global workforce.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 614 - Program Planning Sustainable Learning

      Uses a collaborative approach to analyze planning models, adult learner characteristics, and learning contexts to develop programs designed with considerations for sustainability.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 616 - Facilitating Learning in 21st Century

      Provides an in-depth understanding of facilitation techniques for workplace, community, and educational classrooms that occur face-to-face, virtually, or electronically. Learners design and facilitate instructional plans appropriate for their chosen career path.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 622 - The Adult Educator As Change Agent

      Presents concepts of collaboration, shared decision making, and group processes to address the needs of a rapidly changing multi-generational workplace. Includes creation of educative practices.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 624 - Adult Education Leadership

      Integrates leadership models, experiences, and theories into leadership practice. Learners articulate their own leadership philosophy, discuss practical strategies, and develop a professional development plan for their future growth as adult learning leaders.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 697 - Research Methods & Inquiry II

      Learners examine research methods and synthesize this knowledge to develop the first three chapters of their applied research project or thesis. Evidence will include a written report, a journal, and an online poster presentation.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*612 ADET*614 ADET*616 ADET*622 AND ADET*624;

      Degree Completion

      The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

      ADET 693- Applied Research Project
      OR
      ADET 698- Graduate Thesis

      Emphasis Area

      The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

      Complete one Area of Emphasis
      Higher Education Instruction:
      Take courses ADET 632, ADET 634 and ADET 636

      Nonprofit Leadership:
      Take courses MNM 601, MNM 607 and MNM 633

      Human Resources Development:
      Take courses MSM 602, MSM 612 and MSM 638

      General:
      Take 3 elective courses

      Course Descriptions

      Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

      ADET 602 Survey of Adult Education & Training (3.00)

      Provides an overview of adult education and training and an orientation to graduate work and research, life in an e-learning community, and Regis University's core values and learning outcomes.

      ADET 604 Theory of Adult Education & Training (3.00)

      Explores adult learning theory that informs the field of adult education and training today. Considers the global nature of adult education and studies the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*602;

      ADET 606 Research Methods & Inquiry I (3.00)

      Explores the role of scholarly and action research focusing on finding, interpreting and evaluating research for practical application. Knowlege gained in the course will prepare students for program assignments and professional writing.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*604;

      ADET 612 Training/Development Global Workforce (3.00)

      Examines ways in which economic, social, multigenerational and political issues transform adult education and training and how these issues influence learning theory applied to creating education and training programs for a global workforce.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 614 Program Planning Sustainable Learning (3.00)

      Uses a collaborative approach to analyze planning models, adult learner characteristics, and learning contexts to develop programs designed with considerations for sustainability.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 616 Facilitating Learning in 21st Century (3.00)

      Provides an in-depth understanding of facilitation techniques for workplace, community, and educational classrooms that occur face-to-face, virtually, or electronically. Learners design and facilitate instructional plans appropriate for their chosen career path.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 622 The Adult Educator As Change Agent (3.00)

      Presents concepts of collaboration, shared decision making, and group processes to address the needs of a rapidly changing multi-generational workplace. Includes creation of educative practices.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 624 Adult Education Leadership (3.00)

      Integrates leadership models, experiences, and theories into leadership practice. Learners articulate their own leadership philosophy, discuss practical strategies, and develop a professional development plan for their future growth as adult learning leaders.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*606;

      ADET 632 Facilitating Learning in Higher Ed (3.00)

      Prepares instructors and those who support the educational process to create innovative learning experiences for today's adult learner. Learners review and apply the best evidence-based instructional practices to higher education learning environments.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*612, ADET*614 AND ADET*616;

      ADET 634 Contemporary Curriculum Design (3.00)

      Emerging curriculum design models based on andragogical principles and grounded in evidence-based practice are applied to various disciplines and learner populations. Learners develop a curriculum project for their career appropriate adult-education setting.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*612, ADET*614 AND ADET*616;

      ADET 636 Leadership in Higher Education (3.00)

      Examines the instructor role and how instructor leadership impacts today's college classroom. Learners examine leadership in a complex, global environment and assess their own leadership effectiveness as a role model in the classroom.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*612, ADET*614 AND ADET*616;

      ADET 693 Applied Research Project (3.00)

      Learners continue to develop and finalize their applied research project using their work from ADET 697. Final evidence includes a final written report, a journal of their experience, and an online poster presentation.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*697;

      ADET 697 Research Methods & Inquiry II (3.00)

      Learners examine research methods and synthesize this knowledge to develop the first three chapters of their applied research project or thesis. Evidence will include a written report, a journal, and an online poster presentation.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*612 ADET*614 ADET*616 ADET*622 AND ADET*624;

      ADET 698 Thesis (3.00)

      Learners continue to develop and finalize their applied research project using their work from ADET 697. Final evidence includes the written thesis, oral defense of the thesis, a journal of their experience, and an online poster presentation.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE ADET*697;

      MNM 601 Hist/Theory/Future of Nonprofs (3.00)

      Examines origins and societal roles of nonprofit organizations in a global environment including social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. Addresses types and characteristics of nonprofit organizations, and trends and projections for the future of the third sector.

      MNM 607 Social Justice & the Nonprofit Sector (3.00)

      Focuses on developing a foundation for studying and developing critical thinking skills in the area of social justice. Examines the role of social justice in the third sector and its importance to current and future leaders. Investigates the role of globalization in and its impact on community development.

      Pre-requisite: TAKE MNM*601

      MNM 633 Human Resource Leadership in NPO's (3.00)

      Examines the effective management of people working in nonprofit organizations. Includes hiring policies and practices, compensation, staff development, staff evaluation, collective bargaining, labor/management issues and equal employment opportunity. Considers the role of volunteers; how volunteers are recruited, organized and managed in non-profits.

      MSM 602 The Leadership Management Challenge (3.00)

      Developed jointly with Aubrey Daniels International, this course will survey key leadership perspectives and prepare the student to utilize technical tools to bring out the best in people.

      Cross listing(s): MBAM 602.

      MSM 612 Making Decisions in Organizations (3.00)

      Researches relevant information, interprets that information in the context of the organization's strategy and problem to be solved, and uses consulting with others to make successful organizational decisions. Students will practice these skills while working with a client organization.

      MSM 638 Attracting & Retaining Workforce Talent (3.00)

      Identifies a framework for acquiring and maintaining diverse and talented employees in alignment with business requirements of the organization. Focuses on the recruitment, selection, and development systems that are part of the human resources function. Topics include recruitment, selection, and orienting new employees; training and development; and workforce diversity.

      Pre-requisite: MSM*602 MSM*612

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      MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

      Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

      • Application: Completed graduate application form
      • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
      • Submit official degree-bearing transcript a U.S. regionally accredited institution
      • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on degree-bearing transcript with option of supplying additional coursework transcripts
      • Critical analysis essay
      • Current resume (optional)
      • One recommendation from your principal, a colleague or supervisor who knows your work in a professional setting
      • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
      • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed

      After your file is complete, the Admissions Committee will review all documents in your application file. The Admissions Committee will contact you regarding the status of your acceptance

      Application Deadlines*

      Term Application Deadline Class Starts
      Summer 2014 April 7, 2014 May 5, 2014
      Fall 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014

      *Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

      Tuition

      Regis University Degree Tuition: M.S. in Adult Education and Training

      Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
      Online $17,040 39 $435 $75

      Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.