Learning Outcomes and Objectives

AHE Learning Outcomes*

Graduates of the Adult and Higher Education Program will have valuable, actionable knowledge in the following areas which are integrated in core/required courses:

Diversity and Social Justice

  • Sociocultural Perspectives
  • Ethics and Power
  • Identities, Struggle, and Social Action

Research and Evaluation

  • Inquiry-based Practice
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Action research


  • Organizational Learning
  • Educational Policies
  • Program Development

Adult Learning Theories

  • Foundations and Philosophies of Adult and Higher Education
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Critical Reflection

Teaching and Facilitation

  • Teaching and Facilitation
  • Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Assessment
  • E-learning and blended learning

*CPAE Standards (AAACE) and AACE standards; see objectives in course syllabi

AHE Learning Objectives

The following objectives reflect the Program Overview and Learning Outcomes and appear in AHE course syllabi, as “course objectives.”  The required courses contain these Objectives (with electives as supportive) and the addendum below illustrates this harmonization.  These Objectives are explicit in required courses, especially the culminating portfolio and research course, AHE 588.  Upon graduation, students in AHE will be able to:

  1. Formulate, analyze, and appraise foundations of the AHE field and apply this knowledge to historical and current settings as well as develop and expand these to fit with themes of social justice and diversity.

  2. Determine, design and choose relevant research and evaluation methods and approaches and apply these to professional and academic settings.

  3. Examine, manage, and evaluate AHE learning and development practices and issues in educational organizations and institutions for adults concerning all levels and settings of the field and with regard to best practices in adult learning.

  4. Debate, construct, compare and contrast teaching and assessment practices and policies and apply these to national and international settings.

  5. Differentiate, propose, and appraise leadership styles, processes, and policies in adult and higher education.