Benefits: Degree in Adult Continuing Education


A certificate in adult and continuing education is a notable certification program to pursue.  There are numerous opportunities available within this specific area of studies.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) predicts that the number of adult learners in the United States will be almost 7 million by the year 2013. This means that number of colleges and universities offering this major to its student will keep on increasing. These statistics further indicate that there will continue to be a demand for teachers with training in adult learning, especially for students who want to enroll in a web-based (virtual) learning environment.                 

Typically, a student wishing to obtain a certificate in adult continuing education will already hold a Bachelor’s in Education. In this case, this means that they may already teacher elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school.

Certificate programs available as follows:-

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching – This certification is available through Boise State University and is for those professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. The major program can be customized toward K-12 grades or online teaching for adult learners. All coursework may be used toward the pursuit of a Master’s degree in Ed Tech. Curriculum is delivered entirely in a virtual setup and there are no residential requirements associated with it.

Post-Baccalaureate – It is offered for those professionals who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college that wish to specialize in this particular field. This course is offered as night, evening and weekend courses in a traditional classroom environment.

Teaching Adult Learner Certificate – This type of certification is for high school graduates wishing to teach in continuing education classes both online and in the traditional classroom. This program does not lead toward a licensure to teach in any state.

Whether you already have a graduate distinction or want to begin your teaching degree with an emphasis in continuing education, it is an excellent academic specialty to consider. In today’s fast-growing global economy, career opportunities will be ample and having certified training to teach mature learners will be a huge benefit.

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