PhDs in Education & Training

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Adult education programmes focus on training teachers who can provide instruction to adult students looking to advance their general knowledge, gain credentials or seeking a career change or advancement.

Students gain theoretical knowledge, research skills and the ability to apply adult education principles while teaching. They will learn to adapt to the particular needs of adults, and find out how to motivate adults to share their professional experiences and help them learn through discussions, collaboration and practical activities. Future adult education teachers will also learn how to effectively make use of online learning mediums (e-learning), typically used in flexible adult education classes. Future teachers will also gain in-depth knowledge about critical issues in adult learning, instructional design and strategies, assessment, management and marketing, while adapting to the diverse cultural background of the students.

Specialisations or concentrations may include topics such as education technology, literacy or distance education.

Teachers in adult education may practice in various settings including corporate training, professional development, community college, non-profit or human services. Some programs also qualify graduates to become trainers in specific professions, such as emergency medical technician training (EMT), health training, life coaching, and others.

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Ph. D. Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Higher Education and Adult Learning

Do you aspire to drive transformative educational change in your institution and community? Designed for practitioners and administrators from P-12 to higher education, Walden University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program offers flexibility and choices to meet your needs—even if those needs change along the way.

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Ph.D. Higher Education

The Dreeben School of Education Doctoral Program prepares students for scholarly research and professional leadership. The Higher Education degree is offered by the University of the Incarnate Word.

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Ph.D. Adult and Community Education

The overall aim of the Structured PhD Programme is to facilitate the students in making an original contribution to the knowledge base in the field of adult and community education through research. This is part of a University-wide programme, which provides modules that students can undertake in the course of their studies.

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