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Capella Online Professional Development Course

Adult Learning Theory
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Adult Learning Theory

Focus on developing the skill of integrating adult learning theory and current research-based best practices into professional development program planning. Evaluate how to facilitate professional learning and professional development using the six principles of adult learning theory. Full Description


How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


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Improving your professional development to deliver better outcomes starts with understanding your audience.  Facilitate professional learning and professional development using the six principles of adult learning theory and see how much more effective your PD can be.

During this course you will build

  • An analysis of your own professional development experiences using adult learning theories
  • A list for improving your own  professional learning plan aligned to a framework for adult learning 
  • A review (and recommendations) for a PD program
  • An evaluation of your school or district's current professional development plan 
  • A survey on professional development to be implemented at your school  
  • A report with recommendations for your  school or district's professional development plan


19 Student Reviews
by Kimberly R. on February 7, 2019
I enjoyed taking this course. However, I found that many of the links under "Additional Resources" in Part 2 of the course were either no longer active or went to the wrong site.
by Amber S. on February 6, 2019
very informational and easy to navigate
by Cody B. on December 22, 2018
It would have been nice if the powerpoints by Jody Waltman had a transcript of her lecture notes.
by Jamie K. on August 27, 2018
This was a great course. I am an instructional coach and I feel much more confident planning professional development for my district.
by Lee H. on August 27, 2018
The course was excellent.
by Danna M. on June 9, 2018
by Patrice F. on May 14, 2018
Excellent Course for Adult Learning Theory.
by Katie S. on May 11, 2018
Wow that was one of the most engaging eLearnings I've ever had. I knocked it out in 2 days. The stories made it very engaging and not dreadful. The only thing that I'd critique on is the lesson videos. It wasn't very tech savvy and a little bit poor quality but the teacher I used did an awesome job nonetheless.