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.View all PhDs in Adult Education