24 months
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
444 USD/credit 9990 USD/year
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To develop adult educators who are able to anticipate and respond to the changing developmental issues of diverse adult learners, organizations, and communities.A specialty for those interested in the facilitation of adult learning in college and workplace settings. The Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education program is offered at Portland State University. 

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The Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education specialty at Portland State University is guided by a specific set of principles and values that is incorporated into course content and interactions:

  • A commitment to social justice and equity 
  • The empowerment of change agents and agency
  • The integration of theory, research, assessment, and practice
  • The promotion of sound educational, social, economic, cultural, and environmental leadership and decision-making
  • The development of reflective practitioners
  • The fostering of life-long learning within inclusive, interdependent communities
  • The utilization of appropriate and contemporary resources and technology
  • Leveraging of multiple paradigms and perspectives to inform decision-making for the collective good

PACE learning outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the program, all graduates are expected to demonstrate their learning in the following core areas:

  • Understand foundational concepts regarding individual learners across intellectual, emotional, and cultural dimensions.
  • Apply the research and theoretical concepts of epistemology, pedagogy, and performance to individual educational practice. 
  • Understand foundational concepts (historical and current) of the organizational policies and procedures, alternate learning formats, and external forces that influence learning environments.
  • Apply the research and theoretical concepts of learning environments to individual practice through the creation of equitable policies and programs, individual and group professional development, and sustainable organizational practices.
  • Effectively use oral communication, written communication, research/assessment techniques, and technology appropriate to educational practice.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • ELP professional studies core 
  • Thematic specialization and electives 
  • Culminating experience 
  • Principles of Educational Research and Data Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the Graduate School of Education for the program application. 
  • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
  • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
  • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
  • Previous applicants:
  • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
  • Graduate Admissions
  • Portland State University 
  • PO Box 751 (OGS)
  • Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
  • Electronic official transcripts should be sent to graddocs@pdx.edu
  • Current resume
  • Personal goal statement
  • Two letters of reference (you will request these letters from within the application)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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