Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Adult, Professional, and Higher Education Program Overview

APHE* The Adult Learning and Development (ALD) program officially became the Adult, Professional, and Higher Education (APHE) program as of August 21, 2021.
The website has been updated to reflect new program.

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Cleveland State University’s Adult, Professional, and Higher Education Program (APHE) prepares individuals who work in a variety of roles in the diverse field of adult education. Classes are available both in person and online. Learn about our online classes. » 

The Adult, Professional, and Higher Education (APHE) Master’s of Education is a 30-credit hour program that has been preparing students to work in the field of adult education for over 25 years. Current students and graduates work in a variety of areas that include community-based education, workplace learning, human resources, healthcare education and higher education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Education, Training, and Library Occupations are going to grow 5% over the next ten years, a rate higher than most occupations.

Our faculty are accomplished in the field of adult education, higher education, workplace learning, and healthcare education. They have published books, have numerous articles published in top tier journals, and presented at international and national conferences.

Today’s rapidly changing and technological world requires adaptable and innovative problem solvers who are able to adjust to changes on the job and/or changes in their careers. Educating adults has become a focal point as the influx of adult learners into adult education settings has increased demand for qualified adult educators. The Adult, Professional and Higher Education program is a practitioner’s degree that is intended to increase the knowledge and competence of those who work with adult learners. In addition, our students are able to specialize in their focal area of adult learning and development, professional education, or higher education.

This APHE master's degree program helps enhance skills in:

• Adult learning theory

• Adult development theory

• Program planning and evaluation

• Curriculum design and instruction

• Group/team work

• Organizational development theory

• Diversity


Alligned with the Levin's Education and Human Services' mission, the APHE program prepares professionals who reflect our commitment to educational excellence for adults through teaching, research, and service focused on leadership, social justice, and partnerships in addressing contemporary urban needs. Our core values demonstrate the close relationship of the college and university mission.
These include:

Academic Excellence — As an academic community, we create and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, and service that reflects the highest standards of educational excellence; serve as an intellectual community of learner-scholars; and value academic freedom, shared decision-making, inquiry, and integrity.

Community/Collaboration — We value a collaborative culture within the Levin's Education and Human Resources that fosters: communities of learner-scholars; relationships with diverse populations; and partnerships with the urban community.

Integrity — We promote integrity through our commitment to improving the lives of others; expectation of honest, truthful, and ethical teaching, learning, research, and professional practice; and consideration of people’s feelings and needs in what we do.

Rigorous Intellectual Exchange — We foster and encourage ourselves and our constituents to create new knowledge and research; exercise reflective beliefs and practices; model ethical behaviors; and promote critical thinking.

Leadership — We strive to use our leadership and expertise to take risks; act as a catalyst for innovative change; and work to make a difference.

Passion — We value our commitment to improving the quality of life in our community through actions that reflect equity, diversity, and social justice; and demonstrate respect and passion for the human condition