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Pathways to Teaching Adult Learners

This program, offered either as a credit letter of recognition or a continuing education certificate, is appropriate for individuals teaching or training adults. The courses will increase the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge related to successful teaching and learning. Enhanced instructional effectiveness will maximize quality teaching and promote student success.  
Program Details

Award: Letter of Recognition or Continuing Education Certificate

Program Requirements for Letter of Recognition: Completion of each of the required courses with a grade of C or better. 

Program Requirements for Continuing Education Certificate: Successful completion of required courses. 

To earn this Letter of Recognition, you must apply to the college first if this is your first time taking credit courses at AACC. Click here to apply online as a non-degree seeking student. After approximately one day, you may register in person at any of the three college locations. Please visit the following links to register for credit sections or non-credit sections.

If you are an AACC employee or instructor, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver. The form is located on the intranet. 

Award Requirements: To obtain the letter of recognition, students must submit a request to the Records and Registration office upon completion of all course requirements. To obtain the continuing education certificate, students must submit a request to the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Instructional Support Center.

Required Coursework

Teaching the Adult Learner  
EDU 210/TAD 301 (offered fall/summer)
Equips participants with the understanding of theory and teaching methods related to instructing the adult learner. Focuses on identifying principles of adult learning, adult learning styles and motivation. Emphasizes understanding techniques and teaching strategies that work to create an active learning community for adult learners.  

Strategies for Teaching Adults with  Diverse Needs 
EDU 213/TAD 303 (offered winter/spring)
Investigate and analyze a variety of learning styles, disabilities, backgrounds and instructional strategies for meeting the needs of all learners.  Examine topics such as brain research and multiple intelligences pertaining to teaching adults with diverse needs.  

Assessing the Adult Learner 
EDU 219/TAD 304 (offered winter/spring)
Analyze the current thinking on the practice of assessing adult learners in a comprehensive and practical fashion.  Examine the principles of assessment including planning for assessment, creating an assessment toolkit and understanding and using assessment results.  Discover the uses of common assessment tools, including teacher-made tests, commercial materials, authentic assessment, alternative assessments and performance based assessments.    


Students must complete 3 of the following courses in order to earn Letter of Recognition or Continuing Education Certificate:

Supporting and Engaging Students 
EDU 212/TAD 302 (offered winter/spring)
Examine strategies that support student retention and persistence by reviewing concepts in motivation and learning.  Explore and practice communication and coaching skills to engage students and build a collaborative learning community.  Create a toolkit of campus resources that support student learning and development and contribute to successful student completion.

Technology for Educators  
EDU 216/TAD 305  (offered fall/summer)
Survey technologies for educational learning environments. Examine the issues and challenges of making informed and creative decisions regarding the instructional use of technology. Learn about the integration of technologies to enhance the instructional process by increasing engagement and appealing to multiple learning styles.  
Energizing your Presentations  
EDU 217/TAD 306 (offered summer)
Examine the principles of effective presentation design. Explore basic principles of the teaching-learning process. Discover how to optimize learning through the pedagogical process. Practice how to actively engage participants in the learning process.  

Innovation in Education  
EDU 220/TAD 307 (offered fall)
Investigate and analyze a variety of college trends, issues and challenges and the extent to which they impact student learning, student development and higher education in general.  Examine topics such as new instructional models, alternative educational resources and innovations described as “disruptive” to traditional college practices.

Educator Portfolio Development  
EDU 230/TAD 308 (offered spring/summer)
Learn about setting the purposes of the portfolio, then selecting artifacts that support and enhance that purpose. Develop skills needed to identify, analyze and reflect on artifacts appropriate for inclusion in a portfolio, which documents accomplishments and talents. Examine the alignment and organization of artifacts to reflect growth and learning that have occurred as a result of the creation of each artifact. 

Culturally Responsive Instruction  
EDU 236/TAD 309 (offered fall/summer)
Examine the philosophy of multicultural education and its relevance and connection to student achievement for all learners. Learn about strategies to infuse multicultural education into curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom climate and instructional materials selection. Examine individual cultural attitudes, teaching styles, learning styles and classroom practices as preparation for better addressing the needs of students. Examine research from state and national resources identifying "best practices" to recognize strategies, practices and principles that assist in eliminating gaps among student groups and accelerating student achievement. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or department permission. 

Management Strategies in the Classroom  
EDU 271/TAD 310 (offered winter/spring)
Examine classroom management strategies for developing a climate of success. Explore integration of effective teaching techniques with appropriate classroom strategies.  Learn about classroom and lesson planning, principles of effective instruction and teacher-student relationships.