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Want to be hired as a trainer? Learn these four things

A recent search of local job postings for training positions uncovered key elements of training position requirements which are supported by the Adult Learning and Leadership programs through Kansas State University. The training position job postings were gathered from a short Google search with keywords: training position job opening. Some such training position job openings were posted from corporations such as Garmin, Walmart, and Brinks, and smaller contracting companies in construction, industrial laundry, and government contractors. Several key elements in the job posting requirements were strong written and oral communication, developing online or web-based training materials, interpersonal relationships and collaboration, critical thinking with problem-solving in fast-paced environments, knowledge of adult learning theories and strategies, confident facilitation of effective presentations, and prioritizing multiple projects.

Each of these key elements are met and exceeded in the Adult Learning and Leadership programs at Kansas State University in the required curriculum. The electives in the program provide each student with the ability to specialize in ways to benefit their individual career goals such as Academic Advising, Leadership Dynamics, Social Justice Education, Conflict Resolution, and many more.

A recent graduate of the MS in Adult Learning and Leadership, Emily Brown, works in Talent Development for a large mid-Western construction company and uses her education of the key elements of training in her position. She shares four ways she is able to use her degree in her position: 

  1. “The curriculum in the Adult Learning and Leadership program has helped me excel professionally by providing me with relevant, timely content that I could immediately implement into my role in corporate Talent Development.” 
  2. “Learning how to structure research has made my engagements with subject matter experts clear and concise, resulting in more efficient curriculum development.” 
  3. “Building an awareness around social issues affecting adult education broadened my perspective as a facilitator to consider outside influences to learning like generational differences and individual levels of comfort in the learning environment as well as individual learner motivations.” 
  4. “An indirect benefit of the Adult Learning and Leadership degree from Kansas State University is the network of Learning and Development professionals I found through the program. Many of us were classmates in different courses in the program and are now professional colleagues.” —-Emily Brown, MS

The Adult Learning and Leadership programs at Kansas State University are offered completely online and in person at the Olathe campus in the Kansas City Metro area. As Emily Brown described, even in an online format, friendships and working partnerships are cultivated and encouraged throughout the program in ways other universities have not mastered.  

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Online Course Schedule: Summer 2022

EDACE 7145

International Education

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credit hours)     

Instructor: Dr. Kang

Online,  March 7th thru April 29thThis course provides a contemporary overview of the field of comparative and international education. Different theoretical approaches will be introduced and students will utilize these approaches to understand current topics and issues related to international educational development. This course will also introduce students to institutions actively involved with educational development in diverse global settings.



Characteristics of Adult Learning1,2

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credit hours), 

Instructor: Dr. Kang

Online, January 10th-March 4th

The purpose of the course is to help the student gain increased knowledge about the characteristics of adults and how these impact learning.  Students will be asked to develop a critical understanding of relevant theories, concepts, and research.  Lastly, they will develop a better understanding of themselves as an adult learner. 



Reflective Practice in Social Justice Education3,5

KSIS Class #:TBA     (3 credit hours).  

Instructor: Dr. Yelich-Biniecki

Online, January 18th – May 6th

This course focuses on the application of principles of social justice education in informal and formal educational settings.  Student-conceptualized and implemented theory-to-practice social justice education projects serve as the capstone or culmination of the graduate certificate, with projects presenting powerful opportunities for students to foster social change and positively impact the communities in which they work.  



Critical and Social Issues in Adult Learning1

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credit hours).   

Instructor: Dr. Yelich-Biniecki

Online,  March 7th thru April 29th

This course is designed for adult and continuing education students and college or university personnel in sociology related fields dealing with adults.  It is based on the premise that learning is affected by society, government, and economics.  Included is an in-depth examination between adult education and culture. 



Developing Teams and Leaders8,5

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credit hours).  

Instructor: Dr. Zacharakis

Online,  March 7th and April 29th

Adult education theory and adult learning principles are emerging effective organizational tools to use when developing teams and leaders.  This course will examine how teams and leaders can be developed using adult education theory and adult learning principles.  Through this course, students will be able to analyze when it is appropriate to use these tools, their strengths, weaknesses and limitations.  


EDACE 886  Adult Education Research1

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credit hours).   

Instructor:  Dr. Johnson

Online, January 10th thru March 4thThis course will focus upon the fundamental principles and methods of social science research. Additionally, it will provide an opportunity for students to become critical readers of research-based literature in adult education by developing an understanding of the key aspects of quantitative, qualitative and action-based analytical methods and research traditions.  Note:  EDACE 886 satisfies the Research Methods requirement.  Students may complete either EDCEP 816 Research Methods (semester length) or EDACE 886 Adult Education Research.———-


Quality Program and Staff Management7,5

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credits)   

Instructor:  Dr. Zacharakis

Online,  January 10th thru March 4th

Utilizes the use of adult learning theories of program administration to enhance student understanding of staff and team dynamics.  Focuses on developing interpersonal skills so that students can be more effective leaders, problem solvers, motivators, coaches, and change managers.


EDACE 886 

Coaching for High Performance7

KSIS Class #:  TBA  (3 credit hours) 

Instructor:  Dr. Judy Favor

Meets at the K-State Olathe Campus – Tuesdays – January 18th-March 8th; 5:30–9:30 p.m.  (Distance students may join via Zoom.)

This course focuses on group and team behavior and processes in the adult education environment. Various factors that impact group behavior, processes, and effectiveness will be examined and participants will learn skills needed to more effectively manage and facilitate groups and teams of adults to achieve organizational objectives, accomplish tasks, and fulfill individual members’ needs.



Adult Learning and Motivation 2,5

KSIS Class #: TBA  (3 credit hours)  

Instructor:  Dr. Judy Favor

Online, March 9th-May 1st 

This course is an overview of significant learning and motivational theories and the educational implications for adult educators. Students will develop an awareness of what learning is and how it occurs, examine current and developing concepts on learning and motivation, and explore how adult learning is influenced by factors such as gender, race, and socioeconomic class. 



Adult Development and Learning4

KSIS Class #:  TBA (3 credits)  

Instructor: Dr. Fishback

Online,  March 9th thru May 11th

Mandatory Zoom class sessions: (5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) 3/09, 3/23, 4/06, 4/27, 5/11

This course introduces students to major concepts and issues in adult development and aging that are relevant to adult learners. Developmental psychology presumes that human beings are changing creatures. Emphasis is on how change occurs over the life span and how education and the educational environment influence this change. Students examine the practical implications of research-based findings in the field of adult development, look at classic and current contributors to adult development, and become aware of major issues and disagreements in adult development, especially as it pertains to adult learning.

Prerequisite:  Must be accepted in a doctoral program. 



1 Required for Masters Degree in Adult Learning and Leadership and Doctoral

2Required for Adult Learning Graduate Certificate

3Required for Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate

4One of the 7 courses offered for Doctoral program.  Students must complete 4 of the 7 courses available. 

5Elective Course

7One of the 5 optional courses for the Leadership Dynamics Graduate Certificate.  Students must complete 2 of the 5 courses available. 

8Required for Leadership Dynamics Certificate