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Adult Education Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organization Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 14
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Adult Education PBacc Certificate Grad
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The graduate program in adult education (AdEd), is a specialized academic area of the Human Resource Development program track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. AdEd graduate programs prepare individuals to work with adults in a variety of roles, such as program developers, teachers, advisors, administrators, and managers in a variety of formal and informal settings, such as educational institutions, business and industry, community agencies, healthcare organizations, continuing and professional education, and adult basic education.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Admission is open to degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students who possess a U.S. bachelor's degree (or international equivalent). Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be submitted at any time.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
Required Coursework
OLPD 5801 - Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5202 - Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3.0 cr)
Students should enroll for a minimum of 4 credits of OLPD 5296 or OLPD 5696
OLPD 5296 - Field Experience in Adult Education (1.0-6.0 cr)
or OLPD 5696 - Internship: Human Resource Development (1.0-10.0 cr)
Only if needed to meet 14 credit minimum
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development (3.0 cr)
or Additional OLPD courses with adviser approval to make total credits earned equal at least 14 credits.
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OLPD 5801 - Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of fields of human resource development and adult education. Societal context, theories, processes, definitions, philosophies, goals, sponsoring agencies, professional roles, participants, and resources. Unique characteristics and ways fields overlap and enhance one another. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5202 - Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Emphasis on major adult development theorists, theories, and current applications. Transformative learning, self-directed learning, experiential learning, and cooperative learning provide theoretical framework for exploring physiological, psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of adult development through the life span.
OLPD 5296 - Field Experience in Adult Education
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised fieldwork and practice. Presentations and evaluations of adult education practices.
OLPD 5696 - Internship: Human Resource Development
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students apply/contract for human resource development positions. prereq: [[3901 or HRD 3601, [3696 or HRD 3196], [3620 or 3640 or HRD 3201 or HRD 3301], [3202 or ADED 3101], undergrad] or [[5607 or 5615 or HRD 5201 or HRD 5301], [5801 or WHRE 5001], grad student]], instr consent
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to major concepts, skills, and techniques for organization development/change. prereq: Grad student only