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The Doctor of Education degree with a major in Adult Learning & Development provides advanced, professional learning for individuals interested in technical and higher education, career and technical secondary education, community development, workplace training and development, and any other context in which adults are learning. This program prepares learners to engage thoughtfully and skillfully in their teaching-learning with adult learners by providing in-depth engagement in the theories of adult learning and development and curriculum design and facilitation, while also preparing learners to become independent practitioner-scholars with high-caliber research courses.

This program requires a minimum of 46 hours of coursework and a minimum of nine semester hours of dissertation work.  In a learner’s final semester of coursework, they complete, and must successfully pass, a comprehensive exam.

This interdisciplinary program offers learners an opportunity to craft a nine-hour, three-course concentration track in an area of their choosing, such as Adult Learning, Human Resource Development, Gifted Education Endorsement, Higher Education Leadership, and Leadership.  Additionally, if a learner has earned applicable graduate coursework from a regionally accredited institution beyond the master’s degree required for admission, up to nine credit hours can be transferred into the program as electives.


Adult Learning & Development Program of Study [link PDF]

Adult Learning & Development Course Sequence [link PDF]

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Gwen Scott Ruttencutter at gwescott@valdosta.edu or call 229 333 5978.