Course Description

Shift from Creating and Teaching Curriculum for K-12 Students to Designing and Presenting Professional Learning Experiences for Adult Learners

This course will focus on building understanding by the participant of the differences that exist between working with adult learners as opposed to typical K-12 students. This course will use Andragogy as the foundation for Adult Learning Theory. The learner will gain an understanding of how an adult most successfully gains and accepts knowledge. The learner will gain an understanding of how to leverage this successfully when developing professional learning for peers and other adults. The learner will gain practical tools not only in how to design effective learning experiences for adults but also how to know when adults are ready to receive knowledge. This course will be a blend of theory and application which will leave the learner capable and prepared to better meet the needs of any adult learners they may work with.

NOTE:  This course is not applicable toward Adult Education preliminary credential in California.

Learner Outcomes

  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to design more effective professional learning for adult learners
  • Know and understand the differences between pedagogy and andragogy
  • Understand how the differences between pedagogy and andragogy can be a difficult yet important shift for educators of K-12 students who are asked to provide professional development for colleagues  
  • Know and understand why learning experiences meant for adult learners that are not designed with andragogy principles can be ineffective
  • Learn and understand how even great design may not be able to overcome learners who are not ready for learning experiences
  • Gain an understanding of the six assumptions of andragogy and how to leverage them when designing professional learning
  • Understand and be able to apply the andragogical process model for learning when designing professional learning for adult learners

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for any educator looking to hone skills in designing and facilitating professional learning experiences for other adults (workshops, trainings, presentations, courses) by understanding adult learning theory and implementing skills to reach the adult learner.

Course Materials: Text, The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (9th Edition) by Malcolm Knowles, Elwood Holton III, Richard Swanson, and Petra Robinson available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.  Ebook and paperback versions are available. This same book will be used in the following two courses (EDU-X716S and EDU-X717S) in the Professional Development Facilitation and Leadership Certificate Program.

Technical Requirements


"Appropriately challenging course with well design module assignments. One of the best USD courses I have taken." -- Kevin Drury, Educator, DoDEA

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $504 credit (3 units) $504.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Extension Credit
3 units
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