Online Doctor of Education in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

Online Doctor of Education Degree Program in Adult and Lifelong Learning

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Offered by:
College of Education and Health Professions

Program at a Glance

  • 75 percent online  
    Requires four face-to-face sessions on the Fayetteville campus
  • 96 Credit hours
  • GRE required
  • Completion time is about 2.5 years
  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Application Deadlines

  • Nov. 1, 2016
    Community College Leadership Cohort, Spring 2017
  • Nov. 1, 2017
    Adult Education Leadership Cohort, Spring 2018

Estimated Cost

  • $420.19 Tuition
  • $2.77 Library fee
  • $10.48 Network & Data Systems fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee
*Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2017 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Become a Leader in Lifelong Learning

The Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning degree prepares students for employment in programs that provide adult literacy and education, lifelong learning, community and nonprofit organizations, military education, postsecondary education, and continuing professional education. Coursework focuses on the assessment, design, and implementation of educational programs for adult learners at all stages of development.


 Choose one of the two cohorts below that best suits your professional goals.

The Adult Education Leadership Cohort for this doctoral program requires 96 credit hours of graduate coursework, but 42 hours of master's degree coursework can be counted toward the 96-hour requirement.

The Community College Leadership Cohort for this doctoral program requires 96 credit hours of graduate coursework, but 33 hours of master's degree coursework can be counted toward the 96-hour requirement.


What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of the Adult and Lifelong Learning program will be able to:

  • Assess the educational needs of adult learners in a myriad of adult and lifelong learning environments.
  • Develop and implement procedures to assess learning needs for adult learners.
  • Create and design instructional programs aimed at meeting the needs of adult learners.
  • Demonstrate leadership and management skills applicable to the organization and administration of adult and lifelong learning programs.
  • Apply problem solving skills in order to research and evaluate the impact of adult and lifelong learning programs on participants.