SNL awards a Certificate of Achievement in Educating Adults to graduate students or non-degree-seeking professionals who successfully complete three core courses (12 credit hours) that relate directly to the effective design, implementation and assessment of learning programs in any setting. The three courses include:
DESIGNING EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS
In this course, students will be introduced to major components involved in designing educational offerings for adult learners in various face-to-face settings. Students will develop (or revise) a design plan for an educational offering appropriate to their selected adult clientele. In particular, they will articulate learning outcomes around which to build their design plan (backward design). They will apply theories, concepts, and principles of adult learning while making design decisions. While the design principles addressed in this
course are relevant to on-line environments, students who wish to delve further into on-line learning/teaching technology are encouraged to do so through the MAEA Electives option.
FACILITATING ADULTS LEARNING
In this course, students will develop and hone skills to facilitate adult learning in a variety of settings. Students will learn about concepts that inform learner-centered methods and techniques of facilitating learning. Throughout the course, they will apply various methods and techniques in various settings and reflect on how these methods influence learning. The repertoire of skills that students develop as facilitators of learning will have both immediate and future application. While the concepts, methods, and techniques covered in this course
are relevant to on-line learning, students who wish to delve further into facilitating on-line learning are encouraged to do so through the MAEA Electives option.
ASSESSING LEARNING AND EVALUATING PROGRAMS
In this course, students will learn about and apply various approaches, strategies, and tools for assessing learning outcomes of individuals. Students will select and apply assessment models relevant to their practice settings, and gain skills in designing assessment instruments. Students also will be introduced to basic approaches and concepts involved in evaluating educational programs, with particular attention to how assessing learning can connect with program evaluation. Students who wish to delve further into program evaluation are encouraged to do so through the MAEA Electives option.