Capella Online Professional Development Course

Adult Learning Theory

Adult Learning Theory

Focus on developing the skill of integrating adult learning theory and current research-based best practices into professional development program planning. Evaluate how to facilitate professional learning and professional development using the six principles of adult learning theory. Full Description


How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


Adult Learning Theory

Improving your professional development to deliver better outcomes starts with understanding your audience.  Facilitate professional learning and professional development using the six principles of adult learning theory and see how much more effective your PD can be.

During this course you will build

  • An analysis of your own professional development experiences using adult learning theories
  • A list for improving your own  professional learning plan aligned to a framework for adult learning 
  • A review (and recommendations) for a PD program
  • An evaluation of your school or district's current professional development plan 
  • A survey on professional development to be implemented at your school  
  • A report with recommendations for your  school or district's professional development plan


31 Student Reviews
by Sheena B. on June 4, 2020
As a new ABE instructor but long time educator, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Adult Learning Theories. It will help me to teach my adult students that are pursuing their HiSET as well as conduct better professional developments for the staff. Thank you for having this course available.
by DONNA G. on May 15, 2020
Horrible most of the presentations are identical making it hard to differentiate between information. None of the video has transcripts making even harder to learn.
by Susan B. on May 10, 2020
I've taken a lot of these PD courses. This one was okay, but difficult to follow, at times. Also, some of the questions were negatively framed & long/confusing. I can't say I'd recommend this class. The instructor also does not provide .pdf transcripts like most of the other classes. Those would be helpful.
by RUTH M. on February 24, 2020
by Deirdre B. on January 5, 2020
Adult Learning Theory was a valuable resource I will use in order to reflect on professional developments using surveys and the important theories as well.
by Lisa R. on October 1, 2019
This course was extremely informative. The course was prepared and delivered in a systematic way that ensured the participants understanding. In some cases the voice of one of the facilitators was a bit monotone making it difficult to attend to a few of the tutorials.
by Kaley F. on September 24, 2019
Made me think and put my PD experiences perspective!
by Shoshana K. on August 20, 2019
The touchstone instructions are not well-written. The rubrics also need to be proofread and edited to eliminate subjective terms.