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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Adult Learning and Leadership

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

About > Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The M.A. program in Adult Learning and Leadership is structured around core courses, a core research sequence, concentration courses, and electives. A culminating project is required at all times. Required core courses can be selected in the areas of leadership, strategy and management, adult learning, human resource development, group dynamics, organizational behavior, and technology for learning or management. At least one course is to be taken in each of these seven areas no matter what the degree level. Many courses are offered by the Program or the Department; other courses can be taken elsewhere in Teachers College or Columbia University.

All required M.A. courses are listed in the general course information. Please see the most recent Program Study Guide Worksheet for actual core sequence requirement.

At the M.A. level, the culminating project is usually an application to real world problems or concerns of what has been learned.


Master of Education

The Ed.M. program in Adult Learning and Leadership is structured around core courses, a core research sequence, concentration courses, and electives. A culminating project is required at all times. Required core courses can be selected in the areas of leadership, strategy and management, adult learning, human resource development, group dynamics, organizational behavior, and technology for learning or management. At least one course is to be taken (or in some cases, transferred from prior accredited graduate study) in each of these seven areas no matter what the degree level. Many courses are offered by the Program or the Department; other courses can be taken elsewhere in Teachers College or Columbia University.

All Ed.M. courses are listed in the general course information. Please see the most recent Program Study Guide Worksheet for actual core sequence requirement.

The Ed.M. project is required for this degree program, and it is research-focused.


Doctor of Education

The Ed.D. program in Adult Learning and Leadership is structured around core courses, a core research sequence, concentration courses, and electives. A culminating project is required at all times. Required core courses can be selected in the areas of leadership, strategy and management, adult learning, human resource development, group dynamics, organizational behavior, and technology for learning or management. At least one course is to be taken (or in some cases, transferred from prior accredited graduate study) in each of these seven areas no matter what the degree level. Many courses are offered by the Program or the Department; other courses can be taken elsewhere in Teachers College or Columbia University.

All Ed.D. courses are listed in the general course information. Please see the most recent Program Study Guide Worksheet for actual core sequence requirement.

For the Ed.D., a dissertation is required, and it is research-based. Additional Ed.D. dissertation information is in the general course information.


Doctor of Education, AEGIS

AEGIS students must complete 39 transferable semester credits from a previous successful graduate study at an accredited institution prior to beginning the program. AEGIS students fulfill the remaining 51 course points at Teachers College in a structured program that provides required courses in three areas: theory, research, and the study of professional practice in various settings where adults learn. For the final phase of the program, students must pass a certification examination, write a qualifying paper, and complete a dissertation.

First Year: (22 points)
Summer (Three-week session)
  • ORLD 6800 Workshop in adult education: Life history (2)
  • ORLD 6902 Pro-seminar in adult education (3)
  • ORLD 6918 Introduction to research (3) Fall
Fall
  • ORLD 6908 Adult education/learning: Theory and practice (3)
  • ORLD 6800 Workshop in adult education: Literacy/ABE (1)
  • ORLD 6918 Advanced research (3) Spring
Spring
  • ORLD 6800 Workshop in adult education: Learning society (1)
  • ORLD 6903 Qualitative research (3)
  • ORLD 6906 Program development (3)
Second Year: (26 points)
Summer (Three-week session)
  • ORLD 6908 Advanced seminar: Leadership in adult education (3)
  • ORLD 6908 Adult development (3)
  • ORLJ 5340 Basic practicum in conflict resolution (3)
Fall
  • HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research (3)
  • ORLD 6914 Learning communities I (Face-to-face) (2)
  • ORLD 6918 Advanced research (3)
Spring
  • ORLD 6800 Workshop in adult education:  Technology in organizations (1)
  • ORLD 6908 Workshop and organizational learning (3)
  • ORLD 6915 Learning communities II (Virtual) (2)
  • ORLD 6918 Advanced research (3)
Third Year: (3 points)
Summer (Three-week session)
  • ORLD 6800 Workshop in adult education: Capstone (1)
  • ORLD 6916 Learning communities III (Face-to-face) (2)

AEGIS course offerings vary from cohort to cohort. Please see the most recent Program Study Guide Worksheet for actual core sequence requirement.