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 

  • Boise State University
    Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Graduate Programs

    We, Boise State University’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) department, started our online master’s degree program in 1989 – a year in advance of the debut of the World Wide Web! For over 30 years, we have been offering practitioner-oriented online courses to training

    1910 University Drive Boise, Idaho 83725-2070 United States Map It »
    Boise State University
  • American Public University System

    YOUR PARTNER IN EDUCATION You've built a workforce strategy to reach your goals. Propel your organization to successfully achieve those goals with American Public University. APU has proudly helped more than 100,000 working professionals achieve their learning ambitions and numerous organizations fu...

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    American Public University System
  • Ashland University
    Accent on the Individual

    Organizational Training and Development Online Degree:

    This degree will give you the credential to move your career from “doing” to “teaching.” The program offers a great opportunity to study with your peers – adults with substantial work experience. Not only do you learn from the prof

    401 College Ave Ashland, Ohio 44805 United States Map It »
    Ashland University
  • Drexel University Online

    Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a top-ranked, urban research university, located in the heart of Philadelphia. Known as an academic center of excellence, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Drexel was a pioneer in technology-enhanced education for working adults. Today, nearly two decades after...

    3020 Market Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States Map It »
  • George Mason University
    College of Education and Human Development

    4400 University Drive, MSN5D6 Fairfax, Virginia 22030 United States Map It »
  • Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
    Go For More with an IUP Graduate Degree

    IUP is a member insitution of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education located in Indiana, PA. Our Education, Training, and Instructional Technology, MA is a new program built on 40 years of providing quality education on adult and community instrution and 20 years of providing quality inst...

    664 Pratt Drive Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705 United States Map It »
    Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
  • Lewis University

    Graduate degree in Organizational Leadership with five (5) concentration options:

    Training and Development – Recognized for the online master’s in Training and Development by Best Colleges.com, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% expansion in this field over the next 8 years. E

    1 University Parkway Romeoville, Illinois 60446 United States Map It »
  • Southern Nazarene University
    SNU Professional and Graduate Studies- Degree Programs Designed for Busy Adults.

    Degree programs include:
    Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology
    Master of Leadership
    Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership
    + more!

    6729 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, Oklahoma 73008 United States Map It »
    Southern Nazarene University
  • University of New Mexico
    Interdisciplinary Degrees-Doctor of Philosphy, Masters of Arts, Bachelors of Science and Professional Certificates

    The Organization, Information and Learning Sciences (OILS) interdisciplinary program focuses on adult learning; learning sciences; instructional design and technology; organizational learning and development; evaluation; distance education; eLearning; human performance technologies and data manageme...

    University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library Room 242, MSC053020 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 United States Map It »
    University of New Mexico
  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
    Leadership for Employee Engagement Certificate Program

    Penn GSE’s newest certificate offering provides you with strategic tools and frameworks to strengthen your team and your organization. Managers are facing unprecedented challenges, brought about by new work modalities, changing expectations from employees, increased levels of uncertainty, and incr

    3700 Walnut St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States Map It »
  • 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 »
  • 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


    1455 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West Montreal, Quebec Canada Map It »
  • Florida International University

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

    600 W College Ave Tallahassee, Florida 32306 United States Map It »
  • Oregon State University

    Oregon United States Map It »
  • University of the Pacific

    Sacramento, California 95817 United States Map It »