Adult Education PhD Programs

Adult education PhD programs can lead to interesting careers in education and training. As the name suggests, these programs prepare you to work with adult learners, a task which requires an entirely different approach to teaching minors. The programs are based on adult learning philosophy, known as andragogy. In andragogy, learners are assumed to be self-motivated, self-directed, and have accumulated life experiences that need to be accounted for in course design and delivery. This same learning philosophy applies to adult education in higher education as applies to other adult learning settings, and you can usually tailor your doctoral studies to match your setting. You can take a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) or a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in higher education or in postsecondary and adult education. It is also possible to take related specializations in a Ph.D. in Education, for example, if your interest is in moving into leadership, it is possible to take adult education leadership or leadership for higher education.

This page provides information on what is studied in adult education doctorate programs, where you can take them, what the prospects are, and more. You might also like to check out the adult education programs page and the adult education masters programs page for more details.

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