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Adult & Continuing Education

44 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
864 Master's Degrees Annually
#53 in Popularity
$44,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Adult & Continuing Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many adult and continuing education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 864
Graduate Certificate 162
Doctor’s Degree 128
Bachelor’s Degree 44
Associate’s Degree 15
Basic Certificate 9

What Adult & Continuing Education Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, adult and continuing ed majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Adult and Continuing Ed Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in adult and continuing ed should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Adult and Continuing Ed Majors

When studying adult and continuing ed, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Adult and Continuing Ed Majors

As a adult and continuing ed major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Adult & Continuing Education Major?

People with a adult and continuing ed degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 16.2% $38,720

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult & Continuing Education?

44 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 82% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of adult and continuing ed majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Adult and Continuing Ed Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 33
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Adult & Continuing Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Adult and Continuing Ed majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $44,960 to $58,110 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Adult & Continuing Education Major  ( 44960 to 58110 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with adult and continuing ed require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to adult and continuing ed have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 12.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 10.2%
Some College Courses 1.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 5.4%
Master’s Degree 27.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.4%

Online Adult & Continuing Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 schools offered some type of adult and continuing education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 6 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 1
Bachelor’s Degree 28 12
Post-Baccalaureate 6 1
Master’s Degree 67 33
Post-Master’s 10 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 19 5
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Adult & Continuing Education Worth It?

The median salary for a adult and continuing ed grad is $44,960 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 13% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $101,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to adult and continuing ed.

Major Number of Grads
Elementary Education 39,946
Early Childhood Education 31,056
Secondary Education 9,585
Teacher Education 7,895
Teacher Development & Methodology 5,446
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 3,330
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 2,085
Montessori Teacher Education 360

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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