Earning an Online Certificate in Adult Education

Gone are the days when the word "student" conjured a child, teen, or young adult. In a society and economy that is rapidly switching gears, being an adaptable lifelong learner is more important than ever. That means it is becoming far more commonplace to see students of all ages (even senior citizens) to further their education. And now, they can do it via a very flexible medium that allows for "anytime, anywhere" access to course materials, lectures, and instructor correspondence. In short, online certification and training programs in Adult and Higher Education topics are well designed for the demands of an adult's lifestyle.

According to the Lumina Foundation, the nation faces the challenge (and opportunity) of finding ways to provide certification, degree and training programs for the 54 million adults* without a four-year-degree. As a quick survey of many campuses will show, adult learners are fast becoming less of a minority than they used to. As a result, adult and higher education is opening up a wide avenue of career opportunities for motivated educators. Whether you are a seasoned professional in a particular industry, a long-time teacher, or an individual interested in the administrative side, adult education might be the noble calling you've been waiting for.

Thanks to the flexibility of online certification and training programs, it is now possible for students to quickly pick up knowledge needed to prepare for a career in adult and higher education. Adult and higher education instructors design courses, facilitate online discussion, and communicate with students online or over the phone. Using the same technology that has enabled millions of adults to go back to school conveniently, students can now enjoy the flexible multimedia platform while pursuing their personal goals in the field.

While a master degree is usually required to teach adult and higher education at the post-secondary level, students who already possess the necessary credentials may wish to supplement their knowledge, while enjoying the flexibility of a certificate or training program. Online programs are also staffed by professionals with a background in education administration who help everything run smoothly between students, mentors, and accrediting agencies. If you already possess a bachelor or graduate degree in education, continual learning may nevertheless be necessary to stay up-to-date in this fast-changing field. Programs in adult education and higher education offer coursework in foundations, method, theory, and curriculum of adult learning, as well as fieldwork opportunities.

* The preceding information was obtained from the Lumina Foundation for Educations' online resource, "Returning to Learning: Adults' Success in College is Key to America's Future," available at: http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/ReturntolearningApril2007.pdf