Providing learning and development opportunities and initiatives for adults in the workplace is very different from K-12 education. The M.Ed. in adult learning provides its graduates with the knowledge and skills to be major contributors to organizations, whether in human resource development or as instructional designers.
We realize that learning in the workplace, whether for-profit or non-profit, revolves around using technology as a learning tool and format. Each course incorporates the use of – and learning of – current technologies. Students leave the program with theoretical and practical knowledge and experience to aid them in providing learning to adults in the workplace.
Our graduates work in business and industry, healthcare, government, non-profit, higher education, and community and human services agencies. As organizations realize the need for talent development and workforce development, our graduates have been poised to meet their needs and help organizations achieve their overall talent and workforce objectives.
Admission to this 33-hour program (which can be completed in two years) is predicated on the "whole person" concept, taking into account life experiences, academic records, references, and the reasons for the student’s interest in the program. As of spring 2020, the MAT or GRE is not required for admission. Successful applicants will have sufficient work experience to enable them to bring relevant experiences into the classroom learning environment, which is encouraged.
Prospective students are encouraged to take a course in the adult learning master’s program as a "non-degree seeking student" before admission to ensure the program is a fit for their career goals. This is not a requirement, but only a suggestion if students have doubts regarding the program. Any classes taken prior to admission into the program will be transferred into the program if the student is accepted.
Why Choose the Adult Learning Master at VCU?
Convenient format designed for working professionals (most classes are in the face-to-face format, but some are online and/or hybrid)
Faculty with real-world experience working in adult learning environments
May be completed in two years if take two courses per semester (not required)
Small class size; focused faculty attention
In lieu of a thesis and comprehensive exam, students create an e-portfolio and undertake an Action Learning project that focuses on real problems of strategic importance to an organization
Focus is on learning and development with projects which may be part of the student’s actual work and relevant to their current position
Hands-on experience in working with and in adult learning environments