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


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.

Tobin Lopes
Tobin Lopes


Dr. Tobin Lopes has been practicing and studying the field of workforce education and development since 1995. In addition to his work with Colorado State University, he most recently developed the curriculum for an executive-level hybrid graduate program for the University of Colorado Denver and was a workforce policy analyst for the City and County of Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development with a minor in Applied Statistics from Pennsylvania State University, a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College. Tobin's research interests include evaluation and assessment, hybrid learning and teaching methods for adults, career development, and quantitative research methods.