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Facilitating Adult Learning Graduate Certificate

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Online Facilitating Adult Learning Certificate

Earn your adult learning certificate online and gain facilitation skills

Enhance your ability to teach in your area of expertise. As a subject matter expert, you may have found yourself in a role where you are imparting your knowledge or training other adults, without having set out to become an educator. Teaching adult learners, whether in a professional work environment or in an educational setting, requires a different approach that involves facilitation and collaboration in order to meet learning outcomes. This Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Adult Learning was designed for professionals who are already in training and education roles and would like to learn the tools and strategies to improve their instructional skills in online, hybrid, or face-to-face learning environments.

Learn how to teach adults using guidance strategies

Facilitation is an art that involves co-learning between instructors and students in an educational setting. Accomplish distinct learning outcomes by implementing techniques such as:

  • Experiential learning
  • Self-directed learning
  • Teaching with technology
  • Collaborative and group learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Transformative learning

As a student in the program, you'll be connected to a faculty member to work with as you learn to engage these techniques to facilitate learning.

In addition to enhancing your facilitation skills, your coursework will prepare you to:

Influence decision-making

Conduct research and analysis work at your place of employment to understand organizational educational needs and communicate with stakeholders to gain their buy-in.

Use instructional design principles

Develop a new learning program using specific instructional design elements such as selecting appropriate technology, defining objectives, addressing diverse populations, and creating assessments and evaluations.

Apply theory to practice

Apply various adult learning theories and models to potential challenges you may face at work, and design and implement the solutions to address them.

Align methods with learning outcomes

Analyze methods of instruction (e.g., lecture, guided discussion, case study, nominal group technique, role playing, demonstration, simulation, etc.) and determine which ones best meet the learning outcomes for your setting.

Apply certificate credits toward a master's degree

This online graduate certificate is a companion to the Master's in Adult Education and Training degree. Nine credits can transfer into the program (with a grade of B or better) and can be applied toward the degree after formal admission per University transfer policies. However, successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

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Curriculum Open Accordion

A bachelor's degree is required to register for these adult learning courses.

Required courses

Note: EDAE 620 and EDAE 624 are prerequisites and must be completed before taking EDAE 639.

Elective courses

Complete at least three credits of elective courses.

Education: Adult Education and Training
Education: Counseling and Career Development
Education: General
Education: Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change

Note: Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites and may be subject to instructor approval. This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

Adult learning courses are also part of the online adult education and training master's degree. The credits completed as part of this certificate program can be applied toward the degree after formal admission per University transfer policies. However, successful completion of the courses does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester January 2
Summer semester N/A

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution or a CSU-recognized international institution is required.
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
    Applicants whose GPA is below 3.00 are still encouraged to apply. You may be required to demonstrate your potential for academic success by providing additional evidence. Please contact an AET faculty member to discuss your options.
  • GRE scores are not required.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

Statement of purpose
The Statement of Purpose serves as an academic writing sample for the faculty to determine your readiness for graduate level writing, learn more about you, and ascertain how your goals align with this certificate. Please address all of the following in your statement.

  • Reasons for seeking the Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Adult Learning.
  • A summary of your long-term professional, educational, or personal goals and how the certificate will meet your goals.
  • Your expectations for the certificate program.

Resume or vita

  • Include job duties and dates of all professional employment.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Facilitating Adult Learning (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Selection Timeline
Applications are reviewed monthly on a rolling basis. Faculty review of applications takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

12 credits
$694 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Adult Learning
Time Frame
Can be completed in two semesters, depending on intensity of study and course availability
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
January 2
Summer semester

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