Doctoral Program

The Adult Learning concentration in the Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy (LLEP) PhD prepares individuals to:

  • Identify issues that impact adult learning across a variety of contexts
  • Critically examine important questions in the field using rigorous research methodologies and methods
  • Construct theoretical models based on sound empirical research to guide practice and policy
  • Lead organizations in assessing and meeting learning needs of individual adults, organizations, and communities
  • Design supportive learning environments and systems
  • Facilitate learning activities to optimize adult learning
  • Apply lenses of social justice and organizational change to work in and with complex organizations

The LLEP Ph.D. with Adult Learning concentration Plan of Study includes 18 credits of core coursework, 9 or more credits in area of concentration, 9 or more credits in research design and methods, 15 credits of Doctoral Dissertation preparation credits, completion of a comprehensive examination, and successful dissertation defense.

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Sample LLEP Ph.D. Adult Learning concentration Plan of Study