Adult Education and Professional Development (AE&PD)

This practitioner-oriented track is suited for those who want to work with adult learners and are interested in a career in teaching adults, designing and developing educational and training programs for them. Coursework focuses on adult learning theory, cultural influences on learning, instructional design, development, and evaluation, instructional methods and techniques, mentoring and career development, and distance learning. The courses develop skills in professionals who can design, teach, support, evaluate, lead, and manage programs for diverse adult audiences and contribute towards the continuing professional development of adults. Project-based assignments enable participants to gain real-world experience and skills that can be immediately applied on the job. In addition, participants will contribute their own experiences and expertise in designing and developing learning environments for adults. The program pays special attention to addressing cultural issues in adult learning in a changing global workplace. Careers targeted by this concentration include career development officer, college readiness officer, adult education and training instructor, and educational developer in organizations such as schools, government, higher education, the military, or the corporate sector.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours

OILS 535


OILS 536


OILS 545 

Cultural & Global eLearning I1
Cultural & Global eLearning II2
Cross Cultural Issues in Adult Learning3
OILS 541The Adult Learner3
OILS 544Program Evaluation3
OILS 546Framing Designs of Learning (Instructional Design)3
OILS 547Prototyping Designs for Learning (Instructional Design)











Students must register for OILS 597 Capstone. The Capstone is offered as a 1 credit hour segment 5 times an academic year (Fall 1st Half, Fall 2nd Half, Spring 1st Half, Spring 2nd Half, and Summer). Students should repeat the course three times to fulfill the requirement for 3 credit hours. Students may take the 1 credit hour segments consecutively, but it is not required. For students who plan to graduate in one year, students should take the Capstone during their second semester. For Students who plan to graduate in two years, students should take the Capstone during their third semester.

Required Courses for the Adult Education & Professional Development (AE&PD) Concentration (9 credit hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OILS 551Training Techniques3
OILS 555Mentoring Adult Career Development3
OILS 559Positive Psychology in Organizations3

Elective Courses for the AE&PD Concentration (6 credit hours)

Students may select 6 additional hours of electives from the following list selected in consultation with their advisor.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OILS 500Contemporary Instructional Technologies3
OILS 533Management of Learning Technology3
OILS 534Mobile Learning3
OILS 540Foundations of HRD & Instructional Technology3
OILS 545Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning3
OILS 552Team Development & Facilitation3
OILS 553The Role of Wisdom in Adult Learning Across Cultures3
OILS 661*Transformational Learning3

*Note: Students may only take OILS 661, Transformational Learning, only with the instructor's permission.