Graduate Programs in Adult and Community Education

  • Graduate students listen in an Adult and Community Education classroom.

    Help adults learn, businesses prosper, and communities grow

    With the increased emphasis on educational and recreational services for baby boomers and the almost infinite educational and training needs in the private and public sectors, the demand for adult, business, and distance education has never been higher.

    Graduates from our programs include nurses, police officers, community organizers, corporate trainers, instructional designers, business educators, and human resource professionals. They earned our degrees to help advance their careers. But you don’t have to have preexisting expertise to succeed; you just need the desire to help others learn, businesses prosper, and communities grow.

    Adult and Community Education, MA (Online) 

    The oldest graduate program in adult and community education in Pennsylvania is now a 100-percent-online program. Being online helps align your professional advancement with your busy work schedule. And you won’t feel alone in your studies! Our courses are designed to promote a high degree of interaction with your professor and fellow students. In addition, you will have the time and guidance to make sure you develop your own unique set of skills that will help further your individual career goals. 

    Instructional Design and Technology, MA 

    More and more businesses, organizations, and schools are working to integrate technology and instruction, using online instruction to reach their students and employees more effectively and efficiently. And all indications are that the importance of educational technology for teaching and training adults will only grow. Our master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology gives you the expertise to effectively use technology in the design, delivery, and evaluation of adult instruction.

    Combining theory and practice, you’ll take classes from IUP’s internationally recognized educators at a fraction of the cost of a private institution. With your degree, you’ll be prepared for careers as a distance educator or instructional designer in corporations, social service agencies, nonprofit groups, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and institutions of higher education.

    Business/Workforce Development, MEd

    Chart the academic course that meets your professional needs by choosing from three options built into the MEd in Business/Workforce Development.

    Select from a business specialization with a possible path toward teaching certification, a workforce specialization focusing on training and technology, and an administrative specialization targeting curriculum development and supervision of vocational programs. 

    Designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals, this program includes a common core of 18 credits, plus 12 credits of courses in your specialization that meet your professional needs and interest. 

    The IUP Difference

    Individual Attention.   Our faculty provide a great deal of individual attention, especially when helping you to develop your specific area of expertise. With our theory-to-practice model, you apply what is learned in your classes directly to your workplace needs or your individual career goals.

    Community of Learners.   Though our graduate students come from a variety of professional fields, we build a sense of community among them by balancing  our individualized approach with student collaboration. In both our on-campus classes and our online programs, our students form a community of learners.