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

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Ducere Global Business School
    Ducere Global Business School. Bachelors and MBAs. Tailored to your career. The world’s leading, work-integrated education.

    Ducere Global Business School (www.ducere.education) is a recognised leader in university/enterprise collaborations, to design and deliver degrees that have significant career impact. We partner with major universities across 4 continents, global corporations, government departments and NGOs, as wel...

    120 Newport Center Drive, #50 Newport Beach, California 92660 United States Map It »
    Ducere Global Business School
  • Emory Executive Education

    Emory Executive Education – One of the World’s Best for Executive Education Market-relevant continuing education courses, certificates, and custom programs for organizations turn theory into insight and insight into action. Emory Executive Education offerings are centered around creating...

    1300 Clifton Road Atlanta, Georgia 30322 United States Map It »
    Emory Executive Education
  • Fielding Graduate University
    Change the world. Start with yours.™

    2020 De La Vina St Santa Barbara, California 93105-3538 United States Map It »
  • 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 »
  • Purdue University
    MS in Corporate Training and Communication

    Purdue University’s online Master’s Degree in Corporate Training and Communication is designed to teach professionals charged with communicating and with leading training efforts in a variety of organizations and contexts. The degree emphasizes the uses of strategic communication, instructional

    100 South Grant Street West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 United States Map It »
    Purdue University
  • 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
  • Roosevelt University
    Make Your Mark.

    The master's degree in organization development is focused on improving workplace performance in a 21st century global business world. With changes in globalization, information technology and managerial innovation, organizations need professionals to build systems to support and improve both people

    430 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60605 United States Map It »
    Roosevelt University
  • 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
    Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

    Offering quality bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs, the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois will provide the care and attention you need for a rewarding learning experience and successful future. Through our graduate business, education, nursing or social...

    500 Wilcox Street Joliet, Illinois 60435 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 »
  • 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 »