Lifelong learning for adults is an increasingly important educational specialization in the 21st century. Rapid changes are transforming society and making it critical for adults to continue to learn across the lifespan. Much of that learning takes place in classrooms, but a lot of learning also occurs informally through interaction in groups, communities, organizations, and social networks.
The Adult Learning & Leadership program, at the Ed.D. level, is designed for professionals who already have experience in helping adults learn inside and outside the classroom, and who want to further hone their leadership abilities at more senior levels in organizations, consulting groups, or institutions of learning. The intellectual framework of the program examines the relationship of adult learning to organizational, management and leadership issues. The program prepares scholar-practitioners who examine practice in light of theory, and vice-versa, in ways that enable them to lead, assess, and plan strategically for adult learning programs and interventions. Students master research skills that support their leadership in helping individuals to learn more effectively, and in helping organizations to learn from and with those adults.
With advisor approval, up to 45 graduate credits from an accredited graduate program/institution with a grade of B or better can be transferred from outside of TC and that some credits taken at TC in other programs can also be applied (no need to transfer) -- within College guidelines and if they can satisfy program plan requirements.
The M.A., Ed.M., and Ed.D. programs in Adult Learning and Leadership are structured around a sequence of core courses, research requirements and electives.
Each program has between two and three required foundations courses. In addition, students may choose courses to take in the areas of adult development, adult learning theory and applications, program development and evaluation, systems learning, leadership, strategy and management, human resource development, group dynamics, organizational behavior, technology, conflict resolution, and research. At least one course is to be taken (or in some cases, can be transferred from prior accredited graduate study) in each of these twelve areas, no matter what the degree level. Many of these courses are offered by the ADUL Program or the O &L Department; other courses can be taken elsewhere in Teachers College or Columbia University.
Foundations (6-9 credits, depending on degree program):
Adult Development (3-6 credits, depending on degree program):
Adult Learning Theory and Applications (6-14 credits, depending on degree program):
Program Development and Evaluation (3 credits):
Systems Learning (3 credits):
Leadership (3 credits):
Strategy and Management (3 credits):
Human Resource Development (3 credits):
Group Dynamics (3 credits):
Organizational Behavior (3 credits):
Technology (3 credits):
Conflict Resolution (minimum of 3 points):
Ed.D. (Minimum 18 points):
At the Ed.D. level, coursework must include a research design course, a data collection course (either qualitative or quantitative), a data analysis course (either qualitative or quantitative), and a dissertation seminar. These courses include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Ed.D. Candidates must take ORLD 7500 (1 point) in the semester in which they defend their dissertation proposals. Ed.D. candidates must also enroll in ORLD 8900 (or a 3-point Teachers College course) during fall and spring semester, after passing the certification examination.
Electives include, but may not be limited to, courses in conflict resolution, policy and evaluation, technology for learning, and management/information systems. These are tailored to the student’s career goals and can be taken in the Department or elsewhere in Teachers College or Columbia University. Electives can include transfer courses. Students are required to take a minimum of 6 points total at Teachers College outside of our immediate program area to satisfy the Teachers College breadth requirement.
Students should meet with their advisor the semester before they plan on graduating to review the guidelines.
Students in the Ed.D. program are also required to pass a certification examination, write a qualifying paper, and successfully defend their dissertations.
The Ed.D. program in Adult Learning and Leadership is structured around a sequence of core courses, research requirements and electives. A research-based dissertation is required. In addition to three required Foundations courses, students may choose courses to take in the following areas: adult development; adult learning theory and applications; program development and evaluation; systems learning; leadership; strategy and management; human resource development; group dynamics; organizational behavior; technology; conflict resolution; and research. At least one course is to be taken (or in some cases, transferred from prior accredited graduate study) in each of these twelve areas no matter what the degree level. Doctoral students are also required to take 18-19 points in the research area. Six of these research points must be in statistics.
Many of these 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 section. Please see the most recent Program of Study Advisement Guide (located on the Adult Learning and Leadership program website as a PDF file) for actual core sequence requirements.