Program Information

Our Missionfemale student talking in class

We believe that adult learning is fundamental to individual, professional, and social development.  It comprises both explicit and implicit processes that are based in experience and interactions between individuals and their environments. Optimal adult learning is supported through attention to individual attributes, key cognitive processes, and and contexts in which individuals learn.  Our mission is to graduate scholar-practitioners, researchers, and leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and values to support adult learning at individual, community, organizational, and policy levels.

Grenier on Adult Learning Program, YouTubeOverview

The field of study in Adult Learning at the University of Connecticut prepares professionals to support the learning needs of adults in a wide range of settings. For nearly 30 years, we have dedicated our research to better understanding how adults learn and to advancing practices that enhance adult learning.

Graduates have a strong theoretical foundation and an empirically validated set of best practices enabling them to design, facilitate, and evaluate learning opportunities for individuals, communities, and organizations.



As a field of study Adult Learning is unique in that it offers opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and values that you can apply to any other academic discipline, profession, or career. Adult Learning can lead you to new professional horizons or enable you to excel in your current career.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds in terms of personal and professional experience, academic training, and career goals. They have in common, however, a desire to meet the needs of adult learners and create conditions that optimize learning based on current research and theory in the field.

A great way to appreciate the career opportunities in Adult Learning is to explore what graduates and current students from our program “do for a living.” Among the ranks of our graduates and students are professors and administrators in public universities, private colleges, and community colleges; as well as educational technology specialists, ESL/EFL instructors, and community and cooperative extension educators. Manufacturing executives, human resource development administrators, and corporate trainers have graduated from our program, as well as executive coaches and consultants. Students and graduates also represent a variety of health care fields. They include physicians, nurses, social workers, and allied health therapists.

Graduates of our Master’s program in Adult Learning often become leaders in their organizations for planning, design, delivery, and assessment of learning programs. Graduates of our Adult Learning concentration in the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Ph.D. program influence change across organizations and disciplines through administrative leadership, research, policy, and advocacy.


Courses Offered 2016-2017

Fall 2016

  • EDLR 5201 Influences on Adult Learning Section 2. Mondays, 6:30-9:00 pm. Dr. Bell
  • EDLR 5201 Influences on Adult Learning Section 1. Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30 pm. Dr. Bell
  • EDLR 5202 Workplace Learning. Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm. Dr. Kehrhahn
  • EDLR 5205 Professional Development. Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Dr. Bernstein

Spring 2017

  • EDLR 5203 The Brain, Experience, and Adult Learning. Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm. Dr. Bell
  • EDLR 5204 Organizational Learning. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm. Dr. Bernstein
  • EDLR 5206 Development of Programs for Adult & Human Resource Educators. Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30 pm. Dr. Grenier