Master of Education
Online M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training

All-in price:
$8,675
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Application due date for February 21, 2022 term:
February 18
Estimated time to completion:
15 months
All-in price:
$8,675
View Tuition Details
Application due date for February 21, 2022 term:
February 18
Estimated time to completion:
15 months

Train the next generation of leaders.

Help adult learners advance their careers with strategic, thoughtfully designed professional development. Whether you’re a corporate trainer, manager or even a volunteer organizer, the M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training will help you understand adult learner needs and create engaging, effective and rewarding training programs to meet those specific needs. You’ll learn to harness innovative educational technology to deliver career-advancement training.

97%

of students believe their professional skills are stronger after completing courses in our programs.*

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How you'll get there.

  1. You’ll take a total of eleven courses (most students take one at a time) centered around adult learning and training. Each course is five weeks long. You’ll learn to analyze training needs, teach diverse learners and assess training program efficacy. By the end of the program, you’ll be prepared to use innovative technology to create an engaging and effective training experience.
  2. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a capstone course to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the program.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Well-rounded approach This program focuses on research and technology to help you create smart, effective training for adult learners. You’ll learn about diverse learners, instructional strategies, course design and more to reach your audience with a strong, well-crafted message.
  • Quality instruction We are, and always have been, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Respected programs We're #4 in the nation for most master’s degrees awarded in education.T
  • Flexible class format Our asynchronous online classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is 5 weeks long with outlined expectations each week.
  • Relevant coursework Our classes teach practical and immediately applicable skills. What you learn at ACE today can be applied at work tomorrow.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

31 semester credits
x $235 per credit

$7,285

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$1,240 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,390

Total Program Cost1

$8,675

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A degree you can count on.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

Courses

M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 31 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Research Course  (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits
This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their schools and organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for educational and organizational leaders.

Teaching/Learning Core Courses  (16 semester credits)

3 semester credits
This course examines the theory and research of andragogy, with an emphasis on the historical influences, practical applications, and critical analysis. Topics include fields of practice, schools of thought, clarification of concepts, and emerging issues and challenges.
3 semester credits
Learning happens as a natural function of the brain. Regardless of the situation, the environment influences how the brain perceives and performs. This course considers how to customize elements within an environment to foster value and interest, success and productivity. Moving beyond the physical setting, consideration is given to accessibility, organizational structure, and compatibility in regard to ability and attitude. The role of technology integration in differentiating to meet learner needs will be discussed and applied.
3 semester credits
This course examines a variety of learning and teaching strategies to enhance adult learning. Students analyze methods suited for adult learning in different settings, apply knowledge of adult learning theories, and explore ways in which adults learn critical thinking.
3 semester credits
This course focuses on theories and processes of measuring student learning to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs. Students conduct a program evaluation and apply the results to develop an improvement plan. 
3 semester credits
This course provides an introduction to the historical developments, theoretical perspectives, fundamental approaches, and real-world practices of evaluating adult learners. Students learn to apply a variety of methods to assess learning outcomes effectively and to analyze assessment data to improve teaching and learning.
1 semester credit
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the M.Ed. Adult Education and Training program. 

Digital Teaching/Technology Courses  (12 semester credits)

3 semester credits
This course will address multiple design modes in creating instruction. Designing to support Universal Design principles as well as multiple means of learning will be applied as students develop instructional learning activities. Students will analyze instructional design concepts in a hands-on environment and design instruction that considers effective online interaction methods, laws, and ethics related to technology-based delivery. This course will serve as the pre-requisite to direct application in DL5743.
3 semester credits
Students enrolled in this course will select an individual focus of study to demonstrate competency in an area of their choice. Students will develop a professional product which demonstrates an instructional experience utilizing the required technological elements.
3 semester credits
In this course, students learn about research, theories and principles underlying the effective design of online instruction. Various online learning experiences will be explored and evaluated. This course will serve as a pre-requisite to continued application in DL5783.
3 semester credits
Students apply instructional design principles, learning, engagement and other theories to create online instructional projects. Students design instruction that will build communities through the use of tools, models, interaction, activities, peer collaboration and more to keep learners engaged and learning in a digital medium.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission*

*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program


*Source: ACE college systems, Office of Institutional Analytics, 2020 Graduate Exit Survey

TSource: https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment fifty cents ($0.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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