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Adult Education and Training M.Ed.

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Degree Overview Open Accordion

AET faculty describe the distinct ways this online master's in adult education and training sets you up to be a successful student, and in turn, a successful adult educator.

Become an expert in adult education by earning your master's degree online

Prepare to train and educate adults when you earn your master’s degree in Adult Education. Through our online degree program, you’ll learn to build educational programs and engage adult learners using a variety of delivery formats.

When completed, you’ll be prepared to work in the following fields:

  • Adult basic education
  • Athletics coaching
  • Corporate training
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) education
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction
  • Health education
  • Outdoor education
  • Many other fields involving adult learning

Learn strategic approaches to adult education

Through project-based assignments you'll receive real-world knowledge you can apply on the job. You will learn to think more strategically about:

  • Adult learning theory
  • Instructional design
  • Methods of instruction
  • Learning technologies
  • Learning transfer
  • Program assessment

Engage with a diverse learning community

Participate with classmates from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. Offered through the School of Education in the College of Health and Human Sciences, the online master's in adult education program gives you the skills to teach in a variety of adult learning environments within a culturally diverse global context.

  • Collaborative projects encourage individual and professional growth through exposure to other colleagues.
  • Advisors assist you in becoming a critically reflective practitioner, capable of conducting and communicating workplace research as it relates to and informs the field of adult learning and training.

Graduate certificate option also available

If you’re not quite ready to pursue a master's degree, CSU also offers a 12-credit Facilitating Adult Learning Graduate Certificate. This certificate provides learners with a foundation in adult learning theory, adult teaching methods, and instructional design, but does not require the commitment of a full graduate degree. Graduate certificate coursework may also be applied toward earning the AET master's degree upon admission into the program.

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Curriculum Open Accordion


  • Minimum of 30 credits of academic coursework.
  • 24 credits must be earned from Colorado State University.


Required core courses

Elective courses

You are encouraged to take electives in your area of expertise and matched to your career goals. Suggested courses include:

Read all of the course descriptions.

A.E.T. students interested in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change (O.L.P.C.) may choose to take electives (up to 9 credits), from the O.L.P.C. program. The value of A.E.T. with an emphasis in O.L.P.C. may benefit students that are engaged in a variety of contexts that are associated with organizational change, organizational learning, or human resource development. The Student Affairs in Higher Education and Counseling and Career Development (on campus only) programs in the School of Education also offer courses that may be of significant interest for a student's professional context. Students may also focus on research or content outside of the School of Education. Students will work with their advisor to plan a sequence of elective courses that best fit their interests and career track.

Course Descriptions Open Accordion
EDAE 520 – Adult Education

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.

EDAE 521 – Introduction to Adult Education and Training

This course serves as an introduction to graduate level learning and the Adult Education and Training M.Ed. specialization. During this course students will be introduced to concepts and resources that will help them to succeed during their tenure in the AET program. They will also begin work on capstone portfolio projects, which they will continue to develop throughout the program.

EDAE 582A – Study Abroad: Spiritual Practices in Thailand

Through this summer faculty-led program, students examine historical, social, political, and cultural differences that shape spiritual practices in Thailand. Students will expand their knowledge of spirituality and adult education abroad and within their local community. Prior to departure, online coursework will provide students with an introduction to adult learning concepts related to spirituality in Thailand. Coursework will be enhanced through guest lectures, hands-on learning experiences, and opportunities to participate in conversations and spiritual practices while on-site in Thailand. Educational visits include, but are not limited to, traditional markets, Buddhist temples, Doi Suthep mountain, a local Islamic mosque and school, and an elephant rescue sanctuary. This course is open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

EDAE 590 – Workshop: Teaching and Learning at a Distance

The focus of this course is two-fold, with the first emphasis on the technologies available for distance delivery. The second and primary emphasis is directed toward methods for generating and maintaining communication, designing and developing materials, and incorporating interactive and collaborative learning activities.

EDAE 601 – Philosophy/Organization of Workforce Education

This course introduces participants to the history, philosophies, structures, and approaches to workforce education, on national, regional, and local levels. The purpose of this course is to introduce or reintroduce the learner to the history, philosophical underpinnings, and organization of the workforce education system with a primary focus on the United States’ structure. Because this is a nearly boundless topic the course uses a seminar method whereby the learners choose, research, and present on the areas of interest to them. At the end of the course the participants will be able to identify and discuss the history, philosophy, and reasons for some of the key ideas within the workforce education field including but not limited to:

  • History and structure of the Workforce Education (WFED) system
  • Foundations of WFED
  • WFED policies and agencies
  • Current issues within WFED
  • Future trends in WFED

EDAE 620 – Processes and Methods of Instruction

This course introduces you to the processes and methods used by adult learning facilitators. Whether you are an adult educator, community educator, community college instructor, or trainer, you'll learn the strategies and competencies needed to deliver a training or education program.

EDAE 624 – Adult Teaching and Learning

This course investigates the theory, research, and practice of adult teaching and learning concepts. Its goal is to help you acquire the ability to relate the models and theories of adult teaching and learning to your professional and personal lives.

EDAE 629 – Program Development

Program Development focuses on the macro level of managing learning organizations and their corresponding training programs, curriculum, or conferences/symposiums. Topics investigated include: Partnerships, stakeholders, marketing, budgets, course sequencing, instructor support, and program level evaluation and sustainability.

EDAE 639 – Instructional Design

In this course, you will design and develop a learning event of your choice. We work through a systematic design model from inception to completion including determining the need, conducting an audience analysis, selecting or creating instructional materials, developing assessments and determining evaluation methods.

EDAE 664 – Assessment and Evaluation in Adult Education

This course examines theories and techniques associated with the acquisition of knowledge, evaluation of educational programs, and methods of return on investment (ROI) commonly used. It includes an overview of various models for assessing individual learners, and evaluating courses and programs in education, industry, and adult training environments is the focus. Hands-on use of assessment tools and the development of evaluation and ROI plans complement course materials and provide you an opportunity to immediately apply your newly-learned knowledge and skills.

EDAE 692 – Seminar: Adult Education – Experiential Learning

This course is held for one week each summer at the CSU Mountain Campus (with some work to be done online before/after the course). During this seminar students discuss and experience the tenets of experiential learning. They will plan and participate in various experiential learning activities, practice processing the learning experience with adult learners, and explore strategies to help the learner transfer experiences in the learning environment into real world applications.

EDAE 698 – Research (Capstone Exam)

This course synthesizes major aspects of the adult education and training master's program into one culminating learning project. The learning project enables you to demonstrate your mastery of select skills, knowledge bases, and adult education values.

EDRM 600 – Introduction to Research Methods

The goal of this course is for you to acquire the ability to review, develop, and produce research. This is accomplished through the facilitation of learning activities in the areas of the development of an area of focus, problem and research statements, reviewing the literature, designing a research method (qualitative and quantitative), analyzing results, and writing about your findings.

EDUC 651 – Multicultural and Special Populations

Working within educational and social institutions in the United States requires a deep understanding of issues of diversity and equity. This course engages students in developing their own personal understandings of multiculturalism in their lives and professions, in critically examining how institutions and societies end up providing differing opportunities and experiences to different groups of people, and examining our roles in supporting or altering these systems and structures. The course draws upon disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other positions and practices offered by intercultural, multicultural, and social justice researchers to examine core concepts such as culture, social identity, empathy, diversity, equality, equity, culturally inclusive curriculum, privilege, power, multiculturalism, oppression, social justice education, cultural competence, transformational education, critical pedagogy, and the interrelationship of race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, language, and (dis)ability. The institution we examine specifically is education but your expertise and knowledge of other institutional inequities will add to the complex dimensions of this work.

Faculty Open Accordion

The Master of Education degree is housed in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Faculty in the Adult Education and Training specialization are practitioners of adult education and experts in the fields of adult learning, teaching, instructional design, assessment, evaluation, and learning transfer.

Leann M. R. Kaiser

Leann M. R. Kaiser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Adult Teaching and Learning Theory, Online Learning, Transformational Learning

Leann M.R. Kaiser holds a Ph.D. in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming, a M.S. from Arizona State University, and a B.S. from the University of Wyoming. Leann's research interests encompass adult teaching and learning theory, transformational learning, and distance student educational experiences. Leann has taught in the fields of adult education and outdoor education at the post-secondary level since 2001. Her other professional experience includes work in natural resource education programming and public land management.


Tobin P. Lopes

Tobin P. Lopes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Adult Education and Training, Workforce Development

Tobin Lopes holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development 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. He has been practicing and studying in the field of workforce education and development since 1995. In addition to his work with CSU, Tobin 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. His research interests include evaluation and assessment, hybrid learning and teaching methods for adults, career development, and quantitative research methods.

Kelly McKenna

Kelly McKenna, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Adult Education, Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning, Distance Education, Learning Communities

Kelly McKenna holds a Ph.D. in educational technology from the University of Northern Colorado and a M.Ed. in education and human resources studies with a specialization in adult education and training 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. Her areas of focus include distance education, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, and learning communities.


  • AAACE CDLT Outstanding Distance Learning Adult Educator Award, 2020
    This award is presented by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT). It is the preeminent award for the facilitation of distance teaching within adult education. The award recognizes excellence in teaching at a distance and the integration of technology to support innovative distance teaching and learning.

Jill Zarestky

Jill Zarestky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Adult Education, Nonformal and Community-based Education, Globalization and Social Justice

Jill Zarestky holds a Ph.D. in educational human resource development with a specialization in adult education from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in computational and applied mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include non-formal and community-based adult education, art-based learning, and issues of feminism, globalization, and social justice. As a former mathematics faculty member, she also continues interdisciplinary collaborations in STEM education in both university and community college settings.


  • UCWHRE Assistant Professor Award, 2020
    The University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education (UCWHRE) is an organization composed of 19 major universities that provide research, service, teacher education, and advanced graduate studies in career and technical education and human resource development. This award recognizes the accomplishments in research, teaching, and service of an individual in the early academic career stage.
  • AAACE CPAE Early Career Award, 2019
    This award honors individuals who are in the early stages of their academic career, and who have made significant contributions in scholarship and service to the field. Each year the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) seeks to honor one individual at the assistant professor level or equivalent who demonstrates excellence in research and publication and potential capacity for leadership in the field.
Career Opportunities Open Accordion

Take your career to the next level while you gain the confidence to succeed in the ever-changing world of education. This program is primarily designed to serve subject matter experts in any field that facilitates adult learning activities, preparing you to take on planning and instructional responsibilities in areas such as:

  • Adult basic education
  • Career and technical education
  • Community college and university instruction
  • Community development
  • Corporate and business training
  • ESL instruction and tutoring
  • Experiential education
  • Medicine
  • Military training
  • Public service
  • Student and instructional services

Who Should Earn This Degree

This program is designed for working professionals wishing to facilitate adult learning activities, including:

  • Instructors and program developers in proprietary schools, business and industry training departments, and community colleges.
  • Consultants interested in planning, implementing, and evaluating adult education programs.
  • Career-changers and entrepreneurs who seek an applied degree that is valued in the competitive adult training arena.
  • Students preparing for a Ph.D. program.
Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion
What is adult education?

Adult education is a field focused on helping adults learn. Because adults typically learn differently and for different reasons, in comparison to children, adult educators can benefit from studying adult learning theory, methods, and instructional design.

How can I become an adult educator?

Earning a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training (or a similar program) is an excellent way to learn the skills needed to succeed as an adult educator. This program is most valuable when combined with actual teaching and/or training experience, either through a current job, internship, or volunteer position. But, those wishing to become adult educators can also benefit from this degree.

What are some adult education jobs?

Careers in adult education include: adult basic education professionals, corporate/workplace training specialists, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors, instructional designers, health education specialists, outdoor education specialists, and other fields focused on adult learning.

Is there out-of-state tuition or an out-of-state fee for this program?

No. Tuition for CSU’s online programs is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.

What are the additional fees?

Aside from tuition, the only additional fee is a $32 per semester technology fee. The cost of books must also be covered by the student.

Is the curriculum flexible?

Students must complete 30 total credits to earn this degree, including 21 required credits and 9 elective credits. At least 24 credits must be earned from Colorado State University. Students may choose to take one or two courses per semester and courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms.

What topics are covered in the coursework?

The curriculum is focused on three main areas: adult education teaching processes and methods, adult education learning and development theory, and instructional design. Students are also able to focus on an additional area(s) of interest through three elective courses.

Can I focus on my area of interest during the coursework?

Yes, the curriculum is designed to support a wide variety of adult education contexts. Students all learn the underlying processes, theories, and design related to adult learning. Then, through projects and assignments, students are able to take that foundational information and apply it to their specific contexts and areas of interest within adult education.

Am I required to be on campus or attend any courses in real-time?

All courses are held asynchronously at a distance. While students are expected to be active and engaged throughout each week of class, there is no set time they need to be available to attend class. Participation occurs on the student’s schedule.

How much time can I expect to spend working on a class?

On average, as with any graduate level course, learners should expect to work 9-12 hours per week, per 3 credit class. This includes time for reading, discussion participation, assignments, and any other course related activities. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length. Summer courses may be shorter in length and the time commitment per week will be higher. The majority of students work full or part time and engage in other life commitments while taking either one or two courses per semester.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in the program and taking at least 5 credits per semester. Contact the CSU Financial Aid Office for more details.

Can I take courses before applying to the program?

Yes. The department allows students to take up to three courses (9 credits) in the program before officially enrolling. As long as you are accepted into the program, all 9 credits will transfer in.

Do you need all of my transcripts, or just the transcripts from the school that awarded my bachelor’s degree?

The CSU admissions department typically requires all official transcripts directly from every institution you have attended, even if you transferred those credits in the past.

My undergraduate GPA was below a 3.0. Can I still apply?

Yes, you are welcome to apply. Applicants should speak with an AET faculty member to discuss options to be considered for admission ( or (970) 491-6499).

What should on focus on when writing my Statement of Purpose for the application?

The Statement of Purpose serves as an academic writing sample for the faculty to determine your readiness for graduate level writing, learn more about you, and ascertain how your goals align with the AET program. This is an important piece used by the faculty to determine admission recommendations.

Is there another option in addition to a master’s degree?

Yes, there is a 12-credit graduate certificate offered through the Adult Education and Training program. It is designed for practitioners in any related area of education or training.

I live in or near Ft. Collins. Can I take courses on campus?

Yes, some AET courses are also offered on-campus. For additional details, please visit the School of Education website or reach out to an AET faculty member.

I have additional questions. Can I speak to a faculty member?

Absolutely. The AET faculty are happy to share information about the program and answer questions you may have. You may contact them at or (970) 491-6499

Learning Experience Open Accordion

Students enter the adult education and training (A.E.T.) program with a tremendous amount of personal and life experience. By learning with peers in different professions and with different experience levels, you gain a broad perspective on techniques, tools of the trade, and best practices.

As part of creating an engaged learning community, the faculty go above and beyond to create a personal touch within the online learning environment. They enjoy taking the time to get to know you, explore your professional background, and identify your educational goals. In addition, you can expect the following during your time as a CSU adult education and training student:

  • Assignments are focused on delving deeper into research and program development areas that align with students' personal and professional goals.
  • You’ll be immersed in a collaborative learning environment, including interactive projects created to encourage individual and professional growth through exposure to other colleagues.
  • Advisors assist you in becoming a critically reflective practitioner, capable of conducting and communicating workplace research as it relates to and informs the field of adult learning and training.
  • You’ll graduate with the skills to teach in a variety of adult learning environments within a culturally diverse, global context.

A.E.T. Student Testimonials

"The communication with my professors was great...they were definitely there for me and wanted me to be successful. I could email them, and they would always write back within a very short amount of time...they were very, very present."
– Amanda C.

"For me, the program changed me fundamentally as an educator. So, it isn't so much that you are applying the learning, it is that the learning changes you."
– Kyle G.

"I am not sure exactly how the "magic" happens, but I really value and am thriving on the quality of engagement and discourse and our collective willingness to have our thinking pushed."
– Luanne T.

"Dr. Gupta has been a stellar model for how to facilitate during a time when cognitive loads are increased. Same with Dr. Kaiser, who is my facilitator for 698 this semester. I'm so grateful that much of my learning in this class (and in the entire AET program) is the result of exceptional facilitators who put theory to practice and model many of the transfer techniques we have learned about. This has inspired me intellectually, emotionally/spiritually, AND experientially."
–Kristen G.

"When researching programs, CSU/AET had the curriculum and approach I was looking for, but it also has something else... that feeling of a tight-knit team. I’m not exactly sure how I picked up on that, but I noticed something. And after watching the introduction videos as part of the Advising Portal, I can definitely feel it. I’m happy to be part of the community."
–Jason F.

Hear from Our Students Open Accordion

What do students have to say about our adult education and training program? Get a glimpse of their experiences, hear what they think about CSU's faculty and curriculum, and discover how online education is impacting people just like you.

Emily Dinwiddie

Watch Emily's account of how the online A.E.T. program allowed her to persevere and complete her degree in the midst of a trying pregnancy.

Wesley Brookshear

"My life has dramatically changed since I entered the AET program and graduated from the AET program. It gave me confidence, it gave me knowledge, skills, abilities that I never even knew existed."

Mary-Ellen Friedland

“It’s not an overstatement to say that my experience in the AET program transformed me both professionally and personally. As a result of my experience, I’m much more confident about the decisions I make as an adult educator, while also feeling energized, empowered, and self-confident.”

Joe De Ciman

“The AET program has provided me with numerous tools to add to my toolkit as an individual and as a basketball coach. My outlook on coaching has changed tremendously for the better due to this program, and it will definitely have a positive impact on the student athletes that I work with.”

Gen Ponce-Pore

“In order to act as a bridge between industry and the university for adult learning, I needed to understand how adults learn, how to create a robust learning experience, and how to move through a progression to create a program. I would have not been able to do it without this program."

Luanne Teller

"I would strongly encourage anyone considering CSU to take the leap! The flexibility that professors offer to support students in adapting assignments to real work projects creates rich opportunities for meaningful change. I encourage students to reach out to professors, who are great partners in helping to imagine how coursework might align with real work projects for greater impact.”

Beth Pouska

“The people I met in the program are my best memory. Even in a 100% online program with students across the world, I never felt isolated in the pursuit of this knowledge. My biggest takeaway from the program was confidence. I gained a new confidence in my work and my passion for adult education through the exploration of theory and practices supported by the discussions with our faculty and peers.”

Why Choose CSU? Open Accordion

As a student in CSU’s online adult education and training master’s program, you receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect:

  • Individualized Faculty-Student Engagement: Our program provides opportunities for frequent and meaningful one-on-one interactions with faculty through a variety of mediums. Faculty treat each student as a unique individual with a personalized learning style, exploring professional backgrounds and identifying educational goals -- tailoring their teaching methods to help each student succeed.
  • An Applied Learning Experience: Take what you learn in the online classroom, apply it to your own work environment, and bring your reflections back to share with classmates. This gives you a chance to test newly learned theories to discover which works best for you and your particular group of learners.
  • A Well-Rounded Education: Prepare yourself with the knowledge of both broad and specialized aspects of adult education, allowing you to pick the strategy which best fits your current teaching situation to help every learner succeed. Our core curriculum provides the foundational pieces necessary to facilitate adult learning, while elective courses highlight faculty specializations and equip you with a variety of theories applicable to many teaching settings.
  • A Diverse Learning Community: Participate with classmates from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. Be a part of a cohesive environment, learn valuable techniques from your peers, and discover alternative ways to facilitate learning while exploring new fields to which you can apply your own practice.
  • An Optional Hands-On Learning Experience: Complete an experiential week-long summer course at our Foothills campus at Pingree Park in Northern Colorado. This optional experience provides you with the opportunity to apply what you learn in the online classroom to a real-world scenario.

Ranked No. 1

For the second year in a row, CSU's AET program was ranked as the top online adult ed. program by Intelligent

How to Apply Open Accordion

We encourage you to contact one of the AET program faculty to discuss your educational goals and ensure the program is a fit for you. If you have questions, the faculty are happy to get to know you, explore your professional background, and identify your educational goals. This also allows advisors to give you the most up-to-date program information. Apply now or contact an AET faculty member to find out if this specialization is right for you.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester October 31

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

Apply Now

1Review Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution or a CSU-recognized international institution is required.
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

    Applicants whose GPA is below 3.00 are still encouraged to apply. You may be required to demonstrate your potential for academic success by providing additional evidence. Please contact an AET faculty member to discuss your options.

  • GRE scores are not required.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the degree specialization. Admission is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience, your personal statement, and fit with the program.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Statement of purpose
    The Statement of Purpose serves as an academic writing sample for the faculty to determine your readiness for graduate level writing, learn more about you, and ascertain how your goals align with the AET program. Please address all of the following in your statement:
    • Reasons for seeking the AET specialization.
    • What you bring to our community of learners.
    • A summary of your long-term professional, educational, or personal goals and how the program will meet your goals.
    • Your expectations for the program.
    • The factors that led you to consider CSU and the School of Education.
  • Resume or vita
    • Include job duties and dates of all professional employment.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Two professional recommendations are required. References should share how they know you and why they believe you will succeed in graduate studies, specifically the AET specialization. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Education and Human Resource Studies/Adult Education and Training (M.Ed.) - Distance" for the program of study

4Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Please Note: Students may be unconditionally admitted and registered in their first semester of courses with an unofficial transcript. Official transcripts must be submitted, prior to or during your first semester, before you can register for your second semester of graduate work. Failure to meet this condition will result in your dismissal from the Graduate School.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Selection Timeline
Applications are reviewed monthly on a rolling basis. Faculty review of applications takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.

CSU INTO Students

Completion of INTO courses does not guarantee admission to the Adult Education and Training specialization. The faculty will make a recommendation for admission upon review of a completed application. If the faculty decide to recommend an applicant for admission, the following requirements must be met:

  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE to gain regular admission to the program
    Must have completed INTO courses through Level IV by the fall semester
  • Must apply for spring conditional admission and have approval from their country/sponsor that they will accept conditional admission and approval to take one elective course in the program, along with INTO Level V during the spring semester.
  • Pass INTO Level V and earn a 3.00 or above, and recommendation from the AET instructor to continue with the specialization core coursework in the following fall semester.


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Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

$674 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Degree Awarded
Master of Education in Education and Human Resource Studies; transcript reflects the Adult Education and Training specialization
Time Frame
Can be completed in five semesters, depending on course availability
Admission Reqs.
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Bachelor's degree

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
October 31

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