EDAE 520 - Adult Education

  • 3 credits

This introductory course covers the philosophical foundations, a description of program service areas, adult participation trends, and current issues. The goal for this course is the ability to articulate the foundations and the current situation of adult education as a field of study and practice.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Experience & Education (1938)
    J. Dewey
    ISBN: 0-684-83828-1
  • Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education
    Ross-Gordon, Rose, and Kasworm
  • Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (2010)
    Carol E. Kasworm, Amy Rose & Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
    ISBN: 9781412960502
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    Washington, DC : Author
    ISBN: 9781433805615


Kelly McKenna
Kelly McKenna


Dr. Kelly McKenna is an assistant professor in the Adult Education and Training Program in the School of Education at Colorado State University. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds an M.Ed. in Education and Human Resources Studies with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training and a B.A., both from Colorado State University. Kelly’s research interests lie in the field of adult education, with research objectives aimed to support adult learners in their educational and occupational endeavors by creating optimal learning environments and facilitating successful student experiences. She focuses on distance education, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, and learning communities.

Cynthia R. Stevens


Dr. Cynthia Stevens is part time faculty at DePaul University where she is teaching in the Masters of Arts Educating Adults graduate program and the Degree Completion Majors undergraduate program. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Ed.D in Adult and Higher Education. She also holds a B.A. from National Louis University in Applied Behavioral Science and an M.S.Ed in Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University. Her research interests include adult education, prior learning assessment, experiential learning, nontraditional education, college-level learning, and developmental education with a specific interest in literacy. She has been teaching at the college level since 2004. Her current volunteer work includes being a reviewer for an academic journal and sitting on a board for a softball league as the VP of Travel with well over 200 teams playing.