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Adult Education
Master of Science in Higher Education

A career in adult education offers you an opportunity to help others redefine what’s possible in their lives. In the online MS in Higher Education, Adult Education* program from Capella University, you’ll focus on current theory and research for teaching adults and college students, including instructional models, assessment strategies, collaborative learning and program development. The curriculum is designed to enhance your qualifications in adult education, give you the tools needed to improve adult achievement and help you understand the learning styles of adults from diverse backgrounds.

*This degree program does not satisfy licensure requirements for K–12 public school teachers or administrators.

Online learning

Learn in a dynamic, interactive and collaborative environment with access anytime, from anywhere.

Professional development

To help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track, you can create a professional development plan in your first course.

Increase adult achievement

Apply adult education principles and theories to instruction, program development and enhancement of learning.

Classes start February 7

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses
  • Capstone

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Higher Education degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Science in Higher Education, Adult Education specialization.

Job titles to explore

  • Instructor
  • Adult education teacher
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • Adult education program
  • Continuing education program
  • Community based organization
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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