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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.

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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

    Boise State University’s 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 and development professionals seeking to:

    develop th

    1910 University Drive Boise, Idaho 83725-2070 United States Map It »
  • The Wharton School, Executive Education
    Powerful Learning Solutions for Executives

    Be Wharton Ready for What Comes Next The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania provides world-class executive education that is delivered live virtual, on campus and online. Our programs are innovative, evidence-based, practical, and results-focused to prepare individuals and organization...

    255 South 38th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.6359 United States Map It »
  • American Public University
    Ready When You Are

    Helping your workforce reach their goals is our shared priority.

    United States Map It »
    American Public 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 »
  • Lewis University
    BECOME THE GO-TO PERSON EVERY ORGANIZATION SEEKS.

    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 »
  • PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program
    PennCLO

    The PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program prepares the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and other senior-level executives for success in their roles as learning and talent development leaders. Developing an organization's talent is a critical component of its success. Learning leaders who are committed to...

    208 S. 37th Street, Stiteler Building, Rm. 231 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States Map It »
    PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program
  • 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 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
  • 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

    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 »
  • Indiana University Of Pennsylvania

    664 Pratt Drive Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705 United States Map It »
  • Oregon State University

    Oregon United States Map It »
  • University of the Pacific

    Sacramento, California 95817 United States Map It »