Ph.D. On Campus

Educational Psychology and Research, Adult Learning

University of Tennessee Knoxville

48 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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The doctoral concentration in adult learning serves the needs of individuals who work with adult learners in diverse settings, including business, government, higher education, and non-profit organizations. The Educational Psychology and Research, Adult Learning program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



Emphasis of the concentration is on the development of reflective practitioners and engaged scholars who actively participate in leadership and service that promotes lifelong learning in a global community. It focuses on three areas of study and practice: self-directed learning, transformative learning, and reflective practice. 

In addition to addressing more general areas of adult learning, core faculty offer their expertise in their supervision of student research and in their respective courses. For example, faculty members’ expertise may serve as the focus of proseminars, especially as the seminars focus on evolving research in related disciplines, research methodologies, and exemplars of notable studies in the three areas of adult learning.

The program offers students a choice of two ways to meet the university’s residency requirement. One is the traditional residency requirement that calls for two consecutive semesters of full-time study (nine credit hours). The other is an alternative residency requirement that requires students to enroll in six to nine credit hours of coursework each semester for six consecutive semesters.

The curriculum is structured in terms of a core, an advanced core, research methods requirements, a cognate, electives, and dissertation research. In most cases, students will be expected to successfully complete requisite 500-level courses or their equivalents prior to enrolling in advanced courses at the 600-level. 

Courses that constitute the several areas of the curriculum are shown below. In some circumstances, a student may substitute other courses upon approval by his or her major advisor. The Educational Psychology and Research, Adult Learning program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Adult Learning 
  • Adult Development 
  • Reflective Practice in Education and Psychology 
  • Professional Seminar 
  • Advanced Seminar in Adult Learning 
  • Advanced Seminar in Adult Development 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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  • National

    13380 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
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