Doctoral Degrees

Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning

The Adult and Lifelong Learning Doctor of Education degree (ADLL Ed.D.) is designed to prepare scholar/practitioners for instructional and leadership roles.  Coursework focuses on the assessment, design, and implementation of educational programs for adult learners at all stages of development.  Adult and Lifelong Learning scholar/practitioners work with specialized groups of adults including those with less than a secondary (high school equivalent) education, adult learners in postsecondary education, participants in educational programs offered by community and nonprofit agencies, and participants in professional education programs. 

Graduates of the M.Ed. degree in Adult and Lifelong Learning are employed as instructors, coordinators, and directors of adult ‎education and lifelong programs within adult literacy and general education development, leisure learning, community and ‎nonprofit organizations, extension education, military education, postsecondary education, and continuing professional ‎education programs.  

Graduates of the Adult and Lifelong Learning program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess the educational needs of adult learners in a myriad of learning environments,
  • Design, implement, evaluate, and manage programming for adult learners,
  • Demonstrate leadership capacity to enhance the organization and administration of adult and lifelong learning initiatives,
  • Research and evaluate diverse theories, concepts, and practices to enhance individual and professional development.

The Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning is a 96-hour program that offers two cohorts to prepare students for leadership roles in adult education and community development.