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.M. level, prepares professionals who have experience in designing and delivering adult learning and development in and outside the classroom, and who wish to build their capabilities as leaders of such learning. The intellectual framework of the program examines the relationship of adult learning to organizational, management and leadership issues. The program prepares students to oversee and manage adult learning programs and interventions, with a focus on strategic learning and whole system change. Students can deepen their capabilities as facilitators of learning and in helping organizations, communities, or other institutions to support learning for individuals and for the organizations or other social units that benefit from the lifelong learning of its members.
With advisor approval, up to 30 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.M. (minimum 6 points):
Ed.M. students must take two of the courses listed above, one of which must be a statistics course.
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.
Ed.M. (Culminating Project)
Guidelines for the Ed.M. Culminating Project are available in the Program of Study Advisement Guides (as PDF files) located on the Adult Learning and Leadership program website.
Students should meet with their advisor the semester before they plan on graduating to review the guidelines.
Master of Education
The Ed.M. program in Adult Learning and Leadership is structured around a sequence of core courses, research requirements and electives. A culminating project is required at all times. 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. 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.M. courses are listed in the general course information. 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.