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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning

The Adult Learning certificate can help students meet the increasing demand for qualified adult educators and training professionals. Students will explore a broad range of teaching techniques designed to help adult learners in areas that include adult literacy, vocational education, community programs, employee training, and self-enrichment.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

EDUC 6171 - Theories and Frameworks for Adult Learning

3 semester credits

EDUC 6174 - Developing a Repertoire of Effective Teaching Practices

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6175 - Planning, Assessing, and Improving Adult Learning

3 semester credits

EDUC 6176 - Facilitating Collaboration and Group Process

3 semester credits