Adult Education

The Adult Education program will prepare you to enter the nation's largest educational enterprise, that of Adult Education. Rapid changes in technology and in the workplace influence individuals to retrain, update, or perhaps change careers.  Adult education provides a means to address issues in training and development.

In 2013, the Commission of Professors of Adult Education awarded its Curriculum Innovation Award to the Auburn University Adult Education Program and faculty members James Witte, Maria Witte and Leslie Cordie.  The award, presented once every two years, rec­ognizes innovative approaches to adult education. Receiving the award requires a demonstration of evi­dence of innovative work within conventional courses and innovative delivery of the overall curriculum in adult education preparation programs.  “To be recognized by peers is always valued, but to have the entire program recognized is especially significant,” said James Witte, the Adult Education Program Coordinator.  The commission is part of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and serves as a vehicle for strengthening and supporting excellence in academic programs in adult education.

What will I learn?

Course work is designed to prepare individuals to incorporate prevailing educational theories into practice and to provide continuous program and technical updating as well as advanced professional development.  Advanced course work will focus on the development and application of systematic inquiry skills at the graduate level of study, combined with existing experience and continued study of adult education.  It is designed to develop competencies of educational practitioners and to obtain and synthesize knowledge for the solution of educational problems and practices.

How will I use my degree?

This program will prepare you for a career in adult education fields, such as: business and industry trainers, college and university faculty, teachers of Adult Basic Education, independent training consultants, educational program writers and evaluators, individuals with special interests or expertise offering sessions through community or educational agencies, conducting evening adult classes, community leadership positions, and authors of self-help books.

How can I learn more?

Please contact the Adult Education Program Coordinator: Dr. James E. Witte
witteje@auburn.edu    l    (334) 844-3054    l    Adult Education Programs
For information on application procedures, please consult the Application page.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2014

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