Businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations are always searching for talent capable of facilitating professional and community education to their employees. Earning your graduate certificate in adult/community education will help you develop your individual philosophies of adult education and teaching, as well as the skills to use that knowledge in effectively delivering community education programs.

The graduate certificate program is also a great option for those searching for professional development, job promotion, or skills development for a career change.

You can pursue the certificate program on campus, off campus at Ball State locations in Indianapolis or Fishers, Indiana, or a hybrid of on-campus and online courses. By taking the right courses, you can complete the program fully online.

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  • You have the opportunity to participate in research studies, present at conferences, and submit journal articles.
  • An academic advisor is available to meet face to face, or via telephone, video conferencing, and email.
  • Project-based learning gives you the opportunity to connect theories and methodologies with real-world experiences.
  • You can transfer your certificate credits into Ball State’s M.A. degree in Adult and Community Education or the Ed.D. in Adult and Community Education
  • You’ll have access to textbook authors and internationally known leaders in the field via adult, continuing, and community education conferences as well as video conferences.
  • You will develop your individual philosophy of adult education and philosophy of teaching and develop skills to use that knowledge in effectively delivering community education programs.
  • Your professors are active members of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association of Adult and Community Education.

Course Requirements

The certificate program consists of 15 credits. You may choose between two concentrations: Adult Education or Community Education. For complete program requirements and course listings, see the course catalog.

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Core Courses (6 credits):
EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education
EDAC 655 Continuing Education for Professionals

Choose one of the following (3 credits):

EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner
EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults

Choose two of the following (6 credits):
EDAC 629 Psychology of Adult Adjustment
EDAC 632 Org Ad and Comm Ed Progs
EDAC 638 Prog Planning in Comm Ad Ed
EDAC 644 Collaborative Learning
EDAC 646 Work Vol Comm Agncs
EDAC 648 The Community Educator
EDAC 681 Managing Community Education
EDAC 698 Seminar in Ad and Comm Ed
EDFO 660 Comparative Education
EDMU 660 Multcl Multieth Ed in Amer Sch
EDST 680 Staff Development to Strengthen Curriculum
EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research
EDTE 660 Instructional Design and Technology
EDTE 665 Visual and Digital Literacies
EDTE 675 Distance Education and Distrib Learning Tech

Or equivalent courses to be determined with Advisor.

Core Courses (6 credits):
EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education
EDAC 648 The Community Educator

Choose two of the following (6 credits):
EDAC 638 Prog Planning in Comm Ad Ed
EDAC 646 Work Vol Comm Agncs
EDAC 681 Managing Community Education

Choose one of the following (3 credits):
EDAC 629 Psychology of Adult Adjustment
EDAC 632 Org Ad and Comm Ed Progs
EDAC 681 Managing Community Education
EDAC 698 Seminar in Ad and Comm Ed
EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research

Or equivalent courses to be determined with Advisor.


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Are you interested in our program? Then it’s time to apply!

You do not need to take the GRE to be considered for admission.

You may begin taking courses for this program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The deadline to apply is two weeks before the start of the term.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

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