April 14, 2011 | | 3 Comments In an effort to address the needs of the growing number of adult students, the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University is now offering an M.S. in Adult Learning degree program. The degree program was created to meet the demand for educators who can design, deliver and manage courses and programs for adult students. This new online master’s degree will help prepare educators to understand the motivations and aspirations specific to adult learners, including how to help them achieve their educational goals. Students in the program will examine emerging trends and research in the field and learn how best to assist adult students in cultivating skills that will increase success in the current workplace. Students in the M.S. in Adult Learning program can choose from the General Program or one of four specializations: Developmental Education Online Teaching Teaching Adults English as a Second Language Training and performance Improvement Developmental Education Developmental Education explores theory, political and economic issues, and research in the field. It also examines effective strategies for intake and placement, advising, teaching, and assessment in developmental education programs for adults. The specialization also investigates the best practices in curriculum design and the use of technology to support retention of adult learners. Online Teaching Online Teaching examines how to design and deliver effective online courses and programs. Students learn to integrate online teaching strategies with course management and multimedia tools. They also develop assessment strategies to measure adult learning outcomes in online environments. Teaching Adults English as a Second Language This specialization will provide students with the the tools and strategies necessary to meet the growing demand for English language instructors. This specialization explores essential theories and concepts of second language acquisition and also the basic principles and best practices in the field as students prepare to plan lessons, design assessments, and conduct evaluations for adult learners. Additionally, it will help the student create effective environments for adults learning English as a second language. Training and performance Improvement Training and performance Improvement will prepare students to manage and deliver training programs that can help adults improve their workplace performance. The specialization supports the growth and development of the workforce through the design of quality instructional materials and systems that meet the needs and goals of an organization. It also explore technologies that assist in planning, presenting, and managing instructor-led and self-directed courses. The new M.S. in Adult Learning degree program joins the Riley College of Education and Leadership’s suite of adult education programs and specializations, which includes M.S. in Higher Education, M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, Ph.D. in Education and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). For more information, visit here. About Walden University Founded in 1970, Walden University is a private, for-profit, specialized distance-learning institution of higher education and is headquartered in the Mills District in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities networkâ€”a global network of more than 55 online and campus-based universities in 27 countries. Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology.