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Adult & Lifelong Learning Degree and Certificate Options

The Adult & Lifelong Learning graduate degrees and certificate are highly applicable, practical and flexible for your career needs. Our graduates work in state, national or international higher education, business and industry, healthcare, K-12, non-governmental/community organizations, pastoral care, military, and more.
The Master’s degrees and graduate certificate are offered fully online and allow for learner autonomy as well as opportunities to connect with students, faculty members and professional networks. The Ph.D. concentration in Adult & Lifelong Education offers students a chance for depth of study and expertise building in niche areas across the field. You can begin your studies at anytime – we offer rolling monthly admissions for the M.Ed., M.S. and Graduate certificate.

Training and development

Why study Adult & Lifelong Learning at NC State

Adult & Lifelong Learning faculty examples of research and engagement include:

Why Study Adult & Lifelong Learning at NC State

100% online

Complete your degree or certificate all online

Best practices

Integrate the best of established adult and lifelong education topics with emerging
professional fields

Strong ROI

Study at a nationally top-ranked college of education and at the university that tops N.C. in value

Through our Adult & Lifelong Learning program, you will . . . 

In one of these professions? Consider a degree in Adult & Lifelong Learning.

  • Nonprofit directors, learning officers
  • International education organizations 
  • Social workers in educational settings
  • Health professions (practicing and clinical)
  • Hospital training/learning and assessment departments; IPE centers
  • Workplace instructional designers, training directors, HR 
  • Student services for adult learners, veterans, and advising nontraditional populations
  • K-12 professional development of teachers
  • Community college faculty (Academic, Continuing Ed, Allied Health, Prison Education, Basic Skills)