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Workforce education student

Get certified in workforce and adult education

This graduate certificate is designed for individuals who work with adult learners in workforce development efforts at all levels in both industry-based and educational adult learning environments, including technical educators, higher education personnel, career and occupations counselors and workforce development professionals. Learn to provide administration and evaluation of adult education programs to equip you to strengthen the adult workforce and foster a culture of innovative, lifelong learning that helps individuals and communities thrive.


This program builds your knowledge of adult learner characteristics, including instructional strategies and curriculum design for adult learners. 


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses) of graduate-level coursework. Credit hours are transferable to the following master's degree program: 


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Courses are offered fully online for maximum flexibility for full-time working professionals, as well as on the OSU Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with many opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration. Online courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU's online learning platform.


Required (nine credit hours):

  • WAED 5013: Characteristics of Adult Learners
  • WAED 5153: Curriculum Planning in Occupational Education
  • WAED 5353: Instructional Strategies for Adults

Elective (three credit hours - select one of the following):

  • WAED 5123: Evaluation of Occupational and Workforce Education
  • WAED 5143: Organization and Administration of Adult Education Research
  • WAED 5203: Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education
  • WAED 5313: History, Principles and Organization of Workforce Education

Course information


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines​

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; applicants with a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA may be admitted on a probationary basis)
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Professional goals statement

Workforce educaiton student


Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students


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