Adult and Higher EducationEd.M.

Credits required
45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 45 quarter credits are equal to 30 semester credits.
Cost per credit
Online You can complete all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
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Master of Education: Adult and Higher Education

Bottom line driven companies and budget conscious nonprofits expect measurable outcomes for their training dollars. Oregon State University's online Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education program can help you add value to any organization by elevating the effectiveness of its educational programs.

What makes our program unique

Our curriculum includes core courses in educational technology and online learning. You will learn innovative ways to engage adult learners as you develop the skills and knowledge for designing, administering and assessing training programs in a variety of instructional formats.

The program prepares you for careers in a variety of instructional settings, including business and industry, health agencies, community and nonprofit organizations, K-12 and postsecondary education.

100% online – for working professionals

You can complete this program fully online in two years. It’s designed to help you apply the knowledge and skills you are learning directly to your organization’s unique learning environment.

Collaborative learning cohort

A new cohort starts each fall term. As an active member of an online learning community, you will explore real-world challenges and insights with a diverse group of professionals, connect leading-edge research with workable solutions with the help of faculty scholars and build long-term relationships along with valuable networking opportunities.

Flexible internships 

Flexible internships allow you to focus on your individual interests in adult education through real-world experiences. We work with you to design an internship that targets your own population and is aligned with your professional goals. Many students complete the internship within in their own organization, provided it is outside of their current job description.

As an online student, you will receive the same quality education from the same research faculty, and earn the same Oregon State University degree as on-campus students.

This is not a teacher licensure program

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.


Erich N. Pitcher, Ph.D.
Program lead
OSU College of Education


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