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 

  • 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
  • Colorado State University
    Colorado State University offers online, regionally accredited bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and graduate certificates.

    Colorado State University is an accredited, public research university in Fort Collins offering more than 70 online degrees, graduate certificates, and professional development programs. As of 2019, CSU’s College of Business offers the #1 ranked online M.B.A. program in Colorado, according to...

    2545 Research Blvd. Fort Collins, Colorado 80526 United States Map It »
    Colorado State University
  • Columbia University Teachers College
    Where True Change Begins.

    The mission of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia University Teachers College is to educate, train, and serve current and future leaders. They include administrators, executives, policy makers, researchers, psychologists, and educators from around the world. Our students are,...

    525 W. 120th St., Box 50 New York, New York 10027 United States Map It »
    Columbia University Teachers College
  • 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...

    3141 Chesnut St Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States Map It »
  • Quinnipiac University Online Programs

    An early adopter of online learning, Quinnipiac University has been perfecting its design and delivery since 2001. Students can easily complete coursework on a weekly basis without attending a scheduled class at a particular date or time. Quinnipiac University offers a range of online bachelor's, ma...

    275 Mount Carmel Avenue OF-QUO Hamden, Connecticut 06518 United States Map It »
    Quinnipiac University Online Programs
  • The University of St. Francis
    Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

    MS in Talent Development, 10 courses, 30 credit hours, affordable, online program. It is designed for practitioners like you who are currently or would like to work in the fields of talent development, training, learning and development, human resources, employee relations, adult learning, instructi

    500 Wilcox Street Joliet, Illinois 60435 United States Map It »
    The University of St. Francis
  • University of Cincinnati Online
    Evolving Education for a Changing World.

    The University of Cincinnati Online is dedicated to providing a world-class educational experience that provides flexibility for busy professionals, lifelong learners, and students from around the world. All of UC Online’s programs are led by nationally recognized faculty and combine innovatio...

    45 W Corry Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 United States Map It »
    University of Cincinnati Online
  • 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; online learning; human performance technologies.

    University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library Room 242, MSC053020 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 United States Map It »
    University of New Mexico
  • William James College
    Meeting the Need ... Making a Difference

    Our Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (MAOP) is a multidisciplinary
    program built on the psychology of human systems and organizational development.
    It will prepare you to develop a career in organizational development, talent
    management, management consulting, leadership, and human

    1 Wells Avenue Newton, Massachusetts 02459 United States Map It »
    William James College
  • 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 »
  • 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 »