Online Graduate Certificate: Adult Learning in Professional Settings

Adult Learning in
Professional Settings

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

Program Overview

Are you a graduate student who is looking to expand your Adult Education knowledge and expertise? Add on an online graduate certificate!

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers an online Graduate Certificate for Adult Learning in Professional Settings.This distance learning program is offered to graduate students via the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences. Online students will acquire and develop skills in adult education for a variety of settings such as healthcare, corporate, military government environments, and more.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775

Testing Requirements


Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Expand Your Knowledge of Adult Learning 

The graduate certificate in Adult Learning in Professional Settings is intended for new and currently admitted graduate students wishing to acquire knowledge and develop skills to plan, design, implement, and evaluate principles of adult learning in various postsecondary and professional settings such as healthcare, corporate, military, continuing education, continuing medical education, higher education, human resources, and governmental settings. As adults continuously engage in learning that lasts for one’s lifetime and occurs in various social contexts, understanding how, why, what, and where adults learn is important for professionals. This graduate certificate will prepare learners to be able to apply and advance their knowledge in the education and training of adults in professional settings. 

Featured Courses

The Adult Learning in Professional Settings Graduate Certificate requires the completion of the following courses:

EDPY 521: Program Planning in Adult Education

Theories and methods from research and practice in planning and operating educational programs. The focus is on the practice of planning educational programs. Concepts can be applied in a variety of contexts such as professional development, health education, training in the workplace, or parent education.

EDPY 523: Adult Learning in Social Context

Examining the social contexts of adult education, and the role of adult education in society, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity analyses. Addressing relevant historical, sociological, political, and economic factors that influence adult education theory, practice, and research.

EDPY 524: Learning in the Workplace

Theories and concepts supporting design and management of learning activities for adults in the workplace.

EDPY 525: Adult Learning

Key characteristics of adult learners, current theory and research on adult learning, and implications for teaching and learning concepts.

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Ready to Lead the Way in Adult Education?