Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Adult and Lifelong Learning Community College Leadership Cohort admits new students every two years. ADLL blends online instruction with on-campus meetings. Students move through the program as a learning community, taking approximately six (6) hours (2 courses) each semester.

Up to two (2) Saturday, on-campus meetings are scheduled during each Fall and Spring semester. Applicants are selected in the Fall and begin coursework the following Spring. 

Program of Study

The student, in cooperation with the Doctoral Advisory Committee chair (advisor) will develop the Program of Study within completion of the first 12 credit hours after being admitted to the ADLL Ed.D.

The Program of Study requires 96 credit hours, including 45 hours of ADLL coursework and 18 hours of dissertation research.

The Program of Study includes coursework in the areas of Research Methods/Evaluation, Adult and Lifelong Learning Core, Specialized Community College Leadership Core, and Dissertation Research. The number of hours and courses applicable to each area are indicated below.

ADLL 6403 - Quantitative Reasoning 1 for Adult Educators*

ADLL 6413 - Quantitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning*

ADLL 6423 - Qualitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning*

ADLL 6433 - Program Evaluation*

ADLL 6443 - Adult and Lifelong Learning Dissertation Seminar*

* This course meets in-person three to five times during the semester. Class dates are announced to ADLL students the preceding semester. Classes are held on campus on Saturdays from 9AM to 5PM.  Participation is mandatory.

ADLL 6113 - Advanced Adult Learning Theory

ADLL 6123 - Leadership and Ethics in Adult and Lifelong Learning

ADLL 5173 - Program Planning in Adult and Lifelong Learning

ADLL 6173 - Organization Development, Learning, and Change

ADLL 6163 - Adult Development and Psychology

  • Workforce and Community Development: Community College as Economic Catalyst
  • Signature Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in Community Colleges
  • History and Significance of Community Colleges
  • Current Trends in Community College Education and Administration (Kenda)
  • Policy Analysis and Public Governance of Community Colleges

ADLL 700V - Doctoral Dissertation

Students who do not hold a master's degree in adult education may select electives from coursework applicable to the M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning or may take courses from related areas of study with consent of their advisor.

For more information about our Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program contact:

Dr. Kit Kacirek, Program Coordinator
114 Graduate Education Building
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-4875 Fax: 479-575-3319
Email: kitk@uark.edu