Course Description

This course focuses on the role of the school principal as a catalyst for developing and for maintaining collaborations with families, business and community groups, and the media to support a school’s vision and programs. Candidates analyze the research on school and community relations and its implications for their particular school. They also examine ways of learning about the nature of community resources, interests, and needs; establishing reciprocal relationships; the use of conflict resolution and decision making tools; and ethical issues when working with families, business, community, and media groups. In addition, candidates plan a social action project that involves school, families, community, and the media.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas and Kentucky.

Course Objectives

Week 1 

  • Examine the history of adult learning and andragogy. 
  • Evaluate the impact of federal mandates on adult education and training. 
  • Compare andragogical and pedagogical theories. 
  • Analyze current trends and developments in the field of adult education and training. 

Week 2 

  • Evaluate key adult learning theories. 
  • Analyze the fundamental principles of adult learning. 
  • Compare traditional and non-traditional instructional models. 

Week 3 

  • Evaluate the impact of learning styles on adult learning. 
  • Analyze the adult learning process and experience. 
  • Examine the use of self-directed learning for adult education and training. 
  • Determine the relationship between transformative learning and adult education. 
  • Compare the models of experiential learning. 

Week 4 

  • Examine the biological and psychological development of adult learners. 
  • Evaluate the influences of sociocultural perspectives on learning development. 
  • Determine cognitive development in adulthood. 
  • Analyze multiple intelligences in adult learners. 

Week 5 

  • Evaluate the purposes of adult education and training. 
  • Compare the types of providers for adult education and training. 
  • Differentiate strategies for promoting critical thinking skills in adult education. 
  • Examine motivation strategies for adult learners. 


Week 6 

  • Assess formal and informal adult education and training settings. 
  • Evaluate the implications of learning in the digital age. 
  • Determine the most common challenges in an adult education setting or training environment. 
  • Examine the effect of cultural diversity on the adult learning environment. 


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.


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