M.Ed. On Campus

Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

Pennsylvania State University

12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Lifelong Learning and Adult Education extends through the life span from late adolescence to advanced age and takes place in a rich diversity of organizational as well as informal settings. The program is offered at Pennsylvania State University.


The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education degree at Pennsylvania State University can open doors worldwide to successful careers in faculty and administration positions at universities and colleges or to fulfilling leadership and research positions at government and public agencies non-governmental organizations, churches or religious organizations, adult basic education programs, healthcare providers, international organizations, and community-based organizations.

Course work, reading assignments, research projects, internships, informal discussions, and the dissertation all provide opportunities for in-depth and challenging learning experiences. The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education program is interdisciplinary, and students are advised to take courses in supporting fields within the University.

Learning outcomes

  • Produce a brief, coherent prospectus on a topic area related to lifelong learning and adult education, supported by a logical rationale and relevant bodies of literature that may be used to examine this topic.
  • Demonstrate and articulate in-depth knowledge of the foundational issues, major theories, and methods that transect the field of lifelong learning and adult education.
  • Execute a critical review of literature related to a research topic or issue in lifelong learning and adult education, articulate the key features of this review, provide a compelling rationale for pursuing this issue, and describe how to use it to examine the research topic or related issue.
  • Articulate well-reasoned arguments and ideas with clarity in oral presentations and written formats and use the conventions of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the professional and ethical standards for research and practice in the field of lifelong learning and adult education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lifelong Learning and Adult Education
  • The Teaching of Adults
  • Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
  • Family Literacy
  • Adult Literacy
  • Distance Education
  • Teaching Math and Numeracy to Adults
  • Globalization and Lifelong Learning
  • Language, Literacy, Identity, and Culture in a Global Context
  • Historical and Social Issues in Adult Education
  • Foundations of Educational Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), are required for admission. Either the GRE or MAT score is accepted for the D.Ed. and M.Ed. programs, but GRE scores are preferred.
  • M.Ed. applicants submit a recent writing sample, such as a term paper, report, or publication of 3000 words or more.
  • Three letters of reference are required from people who are best qualified to evaluate the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate study.
  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant's short and long range career objectives is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39248 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


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