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Program Development in Adult Education




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Course level: EDU Graduate

Learners examine a leader's role in developing and managing adult education within an organization. Learners define the organization's learning needs from a systems perspective, review the leader's role in management of multicultural training, and understand return on investment methodologies. In addition, learners review topics about networking and partnerships for successful learning, and identifying future trends in training and program development.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Adult Training Perspectives

  • Analyze the evolution and best practices of adult training.
  • Explain education as it relates to organizational systems.
  • Define leadership needs for learning organizations.
  • Compare public and private adult education and training programs.

Staff Development Needs

  • Analyze adult learning theories and human motivation in education.
  • Identify adult education and training program competencies for staff development.
  • Construct gap analysis programs for adult education and training.
  • Analyze the role of e-learning or other social media learning methodologies.
  • Determine ethical parameters of adult education and training.

Evaluation Methods

  • Apply Kirkpatrick’s evaluation model and other evaluation methodologies.
  • Determine resource allocation including scheduling, outsourcing, and budgeting.
  • Determine result of training programs on an organization.
  • Calculate return on investment of adult education and training programs.

Learning Program Strategies

  • Evaluate staffing needs and performance management plans.
  • Identify key business learning partners and the outcomes desired for each partnership.
  • Develop the mission, vision, and strategy of a program that will address the learning needs of a multicultural workforce.
  • Assess workforce requirements and partnerships with businesses to meet those needs.
  • Assess the fit of adult education and training programs with the overall human resource talent management strategy.

Engaging the Adult Learner

  • Identify and evaluate current and future communications channels that promote the value of adult education and training.
  • Create a plan that includes goals, objectives, and strategies.
  • Research findings on trends in the education or training marketplace.
  • Evaluate the marketing and communication plan to determine effectiveness.

Changing Learning Environment

  • Identify new training concepts for adult learners.
  • Assess how new adult training concepts can be used.
  • Identify continuous improvement plans.
  • Define plans to anticipate ongoing change that affects adult education and training programs.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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