1st Edition

Career Pathways in Adult Education Perspectives and Opportunities

    272 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Career Pathways in Adult Education showcases the wide-ranging possibilities for a satisfying career in the field of adult education.

    Along with practical advice for launching and advancing a career in adult education, this book includes personal stories and insights from adult education professionals which focus on the research, practices, programs, and services within multiple industries. Divided into two parts, the book begins by examining transferable skills that adult educators need to be successful in any adult education career. Chapters in the second part focus on specific career opportunities for those with adult education backgrounds, including discussions around career lifecycle from entry to advancement, career development, and future trends. Written by active practitioners in adult education, chapters are designed to be practical, informative, and thought-provoking regarding career entry, progression, development, and advancement.

    A truly one-of-a-kind text, Career Pathways in Adult Education is the ideal companion for students and professionals looking to transition into adult education as well as graduate program administrators who wish to share the importance of their programs.



    Vanessa Sheared, Immediate Past President, AAACE


    About the Editors

    List of Contributors

    Introduction: A Career in Adult Education

    E. Paulette Isaac-Savage, Paul G. Putman, and Catherine H. Monaghan

    Part I: Primary Skills of an Adult Educator

    Chapter 1: Overview of the Field of Adult Education

    Kayon Murray-Johnson and Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

    Chapter 2: Practical Skills for Teaching Adults

    Wendy M. Green and Alexander Hoffman

    Chapter 3: Facilitation Skills

    Casandra Blassingame

    Chapter 4: Program Planning Skills

    Christy M. Rhodes and Steven W. Schmidt

    Chapter 5: Assessment, Evaluation, and Educational Research Skills

    Lilian H. Hill

    Chapter 6: Technology Skills

    Michael D. Porterfield

    Part II: Practitioner’s Voices

    Chapter 7: Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language/Family Literacy

    Stephanie W. Collins

    Chapter 8: Adult Environmental Education

    Wendy Griswold

    Chapter 9: Community-based Adult Education

    Hleziphi Naomie Nyanungo

    Chapter 10: Consulting

    Cathryn A. Hennes

    Chapter 11: Corporate Training, Global Learning, and Talent Management

    Murray Winland and Catherine H. Monaghan

    Chapter 12: Correctional Education

    Rosary-Joyce Kennedy

    Chapter 13: Cultural Institutions and Museum Education

    Claire Aldenhuysen

    Chapter 14: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Ian C. Barrett

    Chapter 15: Health Professions Education

    Michael L. Rowland

    Chapter 16: Military Education

    Royce Ann Collins and James B. Martin

    Chapter 17: The Nonprofit Sector

    Paul G. Putman

    Chapter 18: Online Learning and Instructional Design

    Caryn Lanzo and Michael D. Porterfield

    Chapter 19: Policy Leadership in Adult Education Reform

    Elizabeth A. Roumell, Alexis T. Cherewka, and Aaron J. Reyna

    Chapter 20: Professional Development within the K-12 Setting

    Christina Meecha

    Chapter 21: Professional Organizations

    Shawna L. Strickland

    Chapter 22: Religious Education

    Trammell L. Bristol

    Chapter 23: Workforce Development Careers

    Yvonne Hunter-Johnson

    Conclusion: Creating a Career in Adult Education




    Catherine H. Monaghan is Associate Professor Emeritus of Adult, Professional, and Higher Education at Cleveland State University, USA.

    E. Paulette Isaac-Savage is Professor of Adult Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and is President of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), USA.

    Paul G. Putman is President and CEO of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), USA.

    "Career Pathways in Adult Education is a well-timed resource. The authors crafted together a wealth of information and expertise for current and future practitioners. I recommend it as a required read for those exploring alternative career paths."

    -Anthony C. Adkisson, PhD., Principal Technical Assistant Consultant, American Institutes for Research


    "Career Pathways in Adult Education is a long-awaited resource answering the question, 'What can I do with a degree in adult education?' This excellent book is well conceptualized, drawing from research and practitioner experiences to provide an expansive portrait of possible careers. A complementary resource for the Foundations of Adult Education."

    -Mary V. Alfred, PhD., Professor Emerita, Texas A&M University


    "Career Pathways in Adult Education will be valuable to those learning about the field of adult education for the first time as well as those seeking to transfer their adult education experiences and skills to a different segment of the field."

    -Ronald M. Cervero, PhD., Professor and Deputy Director, Health Professions Education, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


    "This book thoughtfully details a wide-ranging exploration of adult education opportunities for professionals to enhance their skills and careers. The authors provide a toolbox of expertise to build a foundation for instructional and administrative success in adult education. A must-read for anyone striving to impact lifelong learners!"

    -Kelly Mobray, Director of Adult Education, Salina Public Schools