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ATD Learning & Development Degree Directory

Search for advanced degree and certificate programs in HR, training, and learning & development-related fields from this comprehensive list of more than 300 institutes of higher learning.

Institutions Directory » Education Training and Adult Learning

Training can be defined as "the procedure whereby knowledge is transmitted with an instrumental and operational vision of the learning process and of its expected results" or as "a planned and systematic sequence of instruction under supervision, designed to impart skills, knowledge, information and attitudes." (Jarvis, P. International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education. Kogan Page, London, 3rd ed., 1999.)

Adult learning is defined as ‘the entire range of formal, non-formal and informal learning activities which are undertaken by adults after a break since leaving initial education and training, and which results in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills’. (Study on European Terminology in Adult Learning for a common language and common understanding and monitoring of the sector (July, 2010), p. 6; View link)

Job-related continuing education and training refers to all organized, systematic education and training activities in which people take part in order to obtain knowledge and/or learn new skills for a current or a future job, to increase earnings, to improve job and/or career opportunities in a current or another field and generally to improve their opportunities for advancement and promotion. (Education at a Glance, OECD, Paris, 2002, Glossary. View link)

Adult Learning Theory is a term that encompasses the collective theories and principles of how adults learn and acquire knowledge. Popularized by Malcolm Knowles, adult learning theory provides the foundation that training and development professionals need to meet workplace learning needs. (ASTD. 2011. The Infoline Dictionary of Basic Trainer Terms A Revised and Updated Edition. Alexandria, VA: ASTD Press.)

Careers in Education Training and Adult Learning may include the following job titles:

  • Distance Learning Coordinator/E-learning Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator/Designer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Project Manager
  • Instructional Technologist/Developer
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Human Capital Consultant/Director/Specialist 

  • American Public University

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    American Public University
  • Boise State University
    Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Graduate Programs

    Boise State University’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Department (formerly Instructional & Performance Technology) offers master’s degrees and certificates through an entirely online program. Students gain from communicating and collaborating with fellow professionals from a

    1910 University Drive Boise, Idaho 83725-2070 United States Map It »
  • Colorado State University Online
    Colorado State University offers online and distance undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are regionally accredited.

    Colorado State University's online and distance programs provide quality education that moves with you, wherever you are, and wherever you go. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are regionally accredited, and taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. We also offer certifi...

    2545 Research Blvd. Fort Collins, Colorado 80526 United States Map It »
  • Northeastern University

    Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a top-tier, private research university based in Boston, Mass. As part of the university’s expansion, the Charlotte campus opened in October 2011 to provide high-demand graduate programs aligned with the needs of industry in region and around the glo...

    101 N. Tryon Street, Suite 1100 Charlotte, North Carolina 28246 United States Map It »
    Northeastern University
  • Portland State University Graduate School of Education
    Leading, Learning, Life-Changing

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  • Strategic Thinking Institute
    Be Strategic or Be Gone

    Research has shown that the #1 cause of business failure is bad strategy and only 23% of managers are strong at strategic thinking. The Strategic Thinking Insittute is the worldwide leader in strategic thinking capability development with a full spectrum of resources to serve new managers all the wa...

    14 Country Oaks Lane Barrington, Illinois 60010 United States Map It »
    Strategic Thinking Institute
  • Anderson University

    Academic and Christian Discovery

    1100 East Fifth Street Anderson, Illinois 46012 United States Map It »
  • Andrews University

    Seek Knowledge. Affirm Faith. Change the World.

    4141 Administration Drive Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104 United States Map It »
  • Argosy University

    tradition | passion | excellence

    225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300 Chicago, Illinois 60601 United States Map It »
  • Arizona State University

    creating vibrant communities

    Tucson, Arizona 85721 United States Map It »
  • Barry University

    11300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, Florida 33161 United States Map It »
  • Bowling Green - College of Business

    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 United States Map It »
  • Brigham Young University

    Provo, Utah 84602 United States Map It »
  • California State University, East Bay

    25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard Hayward, California 94542 United States Map It »
  • Calumet College of St. Joseph

    2400 New York Avenue Whiting, Indiana 46394 United States Map It »
  • Carroll University

    A proud hertitage, a promising future

    100 North East Avenue Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186 United States Map It »
  • Concordia University (Montreal)

    1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 Canada Map It »
  • Concordia University Canada

    Canada

    1455 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West Montreal, Quebec Canada Map It »
  • Drexel University Online

    3001 Market Street, Suite 300 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States Map It »
  • Florida International University

    11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199 United States Map It »
  • Indiana University Of Pennsylvania

    664 Pratt Drive Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705 United States Map It »
  • University of the Pacific

    Sacramento, California 95817 United States Map It »