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 60 credit hours, including 42 hours of ADLL coursework and 18 hours of dissertation research.

The Program of Study includes coursework in the areas of Adult and Lifelong Learning Core, Community College Leadership Core, Research Core, and Dissertation, as established by the ADLL Faculty. The number of hours and courses applicable to each area are indicated below.

ADLL 6113 - Advanced Adult Learning Theory

ADLL 6123 - Leadership and Ethics in Adult and Lifelong Learning

ADLL 6183 - Organization Development, Learning, and Change

ADLL 6433 - Program Evaluation

ADLL 6213 - Signature Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in Community Colleges

ADLL 6223 - Workforce and Community Development

ADLL 6233 - Survey and Significance of the American Community College

ADLL 6243 - Current Trends in Community Colleges

ADLL 6253 - Professional Development in ADLL

ADLL 6403 - Quantitative Reasoning I for Adult Educators*

ADLL 6413 - Quantitative Reasoning II in Adult and Lifelong Learning*

ADLL 6423 - Qualitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning*

ADLL 6463 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning*

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 7113 - Conceptualizing and Planning Dissertation Research

ADLL 7123 - Composition and Critique of Literature Review

ADLL 7133 - Dissertation Refinement, Defense, and Dissemination

ADLL 700V - Doctoral Dissertation (9 hours minimum)

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:

Kevin Roessger, Ph.D. 
ADLL Doctoral Program Coordinator
159 Graduate Education Building
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Kit Kacirek, Ed.D. 
Co-ADLL Doctoral Program Coordinator
133A Graduate Education Building
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701