Instructional Design in Adult Education Certificate

Interdisciplinary Professions

Instructional Design in Adult Education Certificate
Are you interested in instructional technology/design and adult education?

The Instructional Design in Adult Education Certificate is open to students with baccalaureate or graduate degrees who currently work in, or aspire to work in, the field of instructional design or instructional technology in many different venues, including business and industry, non-profit and community-based organizations, the military, higher education and many others. The focus of the coursework is on the preparation of knowledgeable and proficient practitioners who are able to apply principles of instructional design in formal and informal adult learning situations.     

Program Details:

Application for admission to the Graduate School is made either online or on forms furnished by the Graduate School. All applicants for admissions pay a nondeductible, nonrefundable fee of $75. The application form and all supporting documents should be received by the Graduate School, Ragsdale Building, (252) 328-6012.  Click here for application deadlines.

Applicants are asked to furnish two official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, a statement of intent, and at least two letters of recommendation. Once the application is complete and has been forwarded to the Coordinator of the Adult Education program, it will be reviewed and an admission decision will be made.

General Admissions Requirements

  1. Academic Achievement – Applicants must first meet the requirements for the admission to the Graduate School. The junior and senior years of undergraduate study are particularly crucial. It is recognized, however, that some applicants have finished their undergraduate study some time ago and that work experience and motivation are also factors in success in graduate study.
  2. Letters of Recommendation – Applicants will be asked to present two letters of reference which can speak to their ability to perform graduate level academic work as well as their interest and experience in adult education. Letters of recommendation may be waived if you fall in one of the following categories:
    • Current ECU faculty member
    • Participant in the Army FC 32 Cohort program
    • You have previously earned a graduate degree*
      • (Note: An unofficial transcript showing proof of the degree must be submitted to the program for approval before the recommendations can be waived.)
  3. Statement of Intent – All applicants to the program will be required to include a Statement of Intent with application materials. This statement should highlight applicants’ reasons for applying to the Adult Education program.
Program Requirements

The Instructional Design in Adult Education Certificate requires a minimum of 15 semester hours. Coursework is as follows:

Instructional Design in Adult Education Core Courses (15 semester hours)
  • ADED 6453 The Adult Learner
  • ADED 6487 Instructional Strategies in Adult Education OR EDTC 6020 Principles of Instructional Design
  • ADED 6495 Educational Program Evaluation
  • EDTC 6030 Authoring Systems for Instructional Product Development
  • EDTC 7030 Web Teaching: Design and Development