Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning (GCAL) is a UConn Educational Leadership Department (EDLR) 12-credit program for students interested in expanding their preparation in and understanding of workplace and organizational learning.The program offers face-to-face classes on the Storrs campus. Courses are designed and scheduled to meet the needs of our graduate students who tend to be working professionals. All EDLR classes are offered in the evening at either 4 PM or 6:30 PM one night a week, but some electives outside our program may be at other times.

The GCAL is:

  • Geared toward those individuals not interested in pursuing an MA or PhD, but are interested in workplace learning and adult education to support their professional practice.
  • Designed to address the needs and interests of professionals who are responsible for education, training, professional development, or continuing education programs and services.
  • Appropriate for professionals in a variety of settings, such as schools and universities, businesses, state and federal agencies, health centers, non-profits, community services, and consulting.
  • Also appropriate for current UConn graduate students in other programs seeking to strengthen their knowledge of learning in organizational contexts.

Certificate graduates will have knowledge and skills to employ best practices in planning, facilitating, and assessing workplace learning programs and services. The GCAL curriculum is founded on the most current methodological, theoretical, and empirical contributions in adult learning and organizational development.

Once admitted into the program, participants may choose from among several courses offered by the Adult Learning Program. In most cases, the 12 credits will be attained by completing four, 3-credit courses. Please see our Course Guide for more information. Because the certificate program attracts participants from an array of professional fields, participants may customize their course sequence by replacing one of the Adult Learning courses with a graduate-level course offered by the University of Connecticut in a field of their choice, upon approval of his or her advisor. Participants must pass all courses counted toward the Graduate Certificate with a letter grade of B- or better in each course and an overall GPA for the 12 credits of 3.0 or greater.

Sample Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning Plan of Study

For more information about the GCAL, please contact Dr. Robin Grenier.