Adult Learning and Leadership Online MA

MASTER OF ARTS IN ADULT LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP ONLINE


Our new M.A. program was created for those who design, implement, facilitate, or otherwise support learning and development for adults in many different settings—businesses, non-profits, public sector, healthcare, educational institutions, and community settings. We emphasize leadership for transformative learning and change in today’s rapidly-evolving digital world. The program will help participants to:

  • Use effective strategies for learning that take into account leadership, structural and cultural factors in the groups, communities, or organizations in which adults live or work
  • Design, deliver, and assess adult learning programs and interventions
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of technology for diverse adult learning needs

Students will earn 36 graduate credits and complete an integrative project. Core courses include:

  • ORLD 4050 Introduction to Adult Learning
  • ORLD 4051 How Adults Learn
  • ORLD 4053 Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Choice of: ORLD 4827, Fostering Transformative Learning, or ORLD 4828, Imagination, Authenticity and Individuation Transformative Learning
  • ORLD 5023 Leadership and Self Development
  • ORLD 5063 Online Teaching and Learning
  • ORLD 6914 Learning Communities (research projects)

Remaining elective credits can be taken fully online (or up to 14 credits on campus if preferred) from a variety of courses related, for example, to Leadership, Coaching and Facilitation, Management Skills, policy, or intelligent technology offered across the College. 

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Adult Learning and Leadership program has been approved by New York State to offer a fully online Master's degree. (As noted below, students can also take some face-to-face workshops and courses if they have access to the College campus.)

Our program is designed for those who design, implement, facilitate, or otherwise support learning and development for adults in many different settings—businesses, non-profits, public sector, healthcare, educational institutions, and community settings. We emphasize leadership for transformative learning and change in today’s rapidly-evolving digital world. The program will help participants to:

  • Use effective strategies for learning that take into account leadership, structural and cultural factors in the groups, communities, or organizations in which adults live or work

  • Design, deliver, and assess adult learning programs and interventions

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of technology for diverse adult learning needs

Students will earn 36 graduate credits and complete an integrative project. Up to 14 credits in the Online MA program can be taken in-person.

Core courses include:

FOUNDATIONS (22-23 credits)

  • ORLD 4050 Introduction to Adult and Continuing Ed. (3)

  • ORLD 4053 Facilitating Adult Learning  (3)

  • ORLD 4051 How Adults Learn  (3)

  • ORLD 5063 Online Teaching and Learning: Applying Adult Learning Principles  (3)

  • ORLD 5023 Leadership and Self Development  (3)

  • ORLD 5054 Strategy Development as a Learning Process in Organizations  (3)

  • Either ORLD 4827 Fostering Transformative Learning (2-3)
    or        ORLD 4828 Imagination, authenticity, and individuation in transformative learning (2-3)

  • ORLD 6914 Learning Communities (2) (Research requirement)

ELECTIVE COURSES (13-14 credits)

Electives include, but may not be limited to, courses in adult learning practices, coaching, leadership, 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. 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. 

See recommended elective options below:

Applied Workshops in Adult Learning Practices (online, intensive 2-day sessions):

  • ORLD 4815 Developing Critical Thinkers (1)

  • ORLD 4844 Helping Adults Learn (1)

  • ORLD 4850 Discussion as a Way of Teaching (1)

  • ORLD 4855 Learning as a Way of Leading (1)

  • ORLD 4860 Teaching Race in Predominantly White Organizations (1)

  • ORLD 5815 Critical Theory and Adult Learning (1)

Coaching Specialization:

  • ORLD 4060 Coaching From an Adult learning Perspective (3)

  • ORLD 5821 Leveraging EQ to Enhance Org. Effectiveness (F2F) (3)

  • ORLD 5822 Building Prdctv Relationships with SQ (F2F) (3)

  • ORLD 5823 Bldg 21st Century Cap. W CQ (Cultural Intelligence) (F2F) (3)

Leadership Specialization:

  • ORLD 4065 Leading Change in a Democratic Society  (3)

  • ORLD 4085 Management and Leadership Skills in Practice (F2F) (3)

  • ORLD 5070 Leadership for Adult Development (3)

  • ORLD 6054 Learning to Think Strategically (F2F) (3)

  • ORLJ 5340 Adaptive Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (F2F) (3)

Other Breadth Course Options, including but not limited to the following (check the Academic Catalog or the Course Schedule for potential prerequisite requirements and whether the course is offered online or in-person):

  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods I (3)

  • ORL 5524 Instrument Design and Validation (3)

  • CCPJ 4050 Microagressions in institutional climates: Race, gender, and sexual orientation (3)

  • C&T 4002 Curriculum theory and history

  • MSTU 4083 Instructional Design of Ed Tech (Online) (3)

  • HBSS 5112 Social marketing and health communications (3)

  • HUDK 4012 Learning In Small Groups (3)

  • HUDK 4029 Human cognition and learning (3)

  • HUDK 5029  Personality development and socialization across the lifespan (3)

 

Culminating Project

Required

The M.A. project is a project-based application to practice.

Guidelines for the Online M.A. Culminating Project are available in the Program of Study Advisement Guides (as downloadable 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.

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