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 

  • Bay Path University
    For a constantly changing world

    About Bay Path Unviersity's Graduate School It’s your time to take the lead in this constantly changing world. Bay Path University offers 30+ career-orientated, relevant, and innovative graduate degrees and certificates that bend to the shape of our students lives. The Chronicle of Higher Educ...

    588 Longmeadow St Longmeadow, Massachusetts 01106-2212 United States Map It »
    Bay Path 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 »
  • Clemson University
    Best in Class

    Lead the Business of Learning
    The Master of Human Resource Development (MHRD) degree is designed for in-career professionals working in business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. This fully online program consists of 12 courses which can be completed in 2 years.

    UCG, Suite D6 - MC 705 Greenville, South Carolina 29607 United States Map It »
    Clemson University
  • 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
  • Quinnipiac University Online

    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
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    An Honors University in Maryland

    UMBC is defined by makers, explorers, doers and dreamers. Our applied graduate programs will put your career outlook into focus. Our students build applied knowledge through programs that focus on tomorrow’s innovations, growth, and success. UMBC combines the emphasis on teaching found at the...

    1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, Maryland 21250 United States Map It »
    University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of St. Francis
    Respect. Service. Integrity. Compassion.

    MS in Training and Development with concentrations in:
    Instructional Design in Online Learning
    Human Resource Management
    Health Administration
    Business Administration
    Management of Training and Development

    500 Wilcox Street Joliet, Illinois 60435 United States Map It »
    University of St. Francis
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Florida State University

    600 W College Ave Tallahassee, Florida 32306 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 »