One degree, multiple career paths. Customize your learning in every course. 

Oregon State University's Master of Education (Ed.M.) program in Adult and Higher Education prepares you for careers in a variety of settings. You will develop skills to design, deliver, and assess learning in a variety of contexts.

Workforce and community education

You will be prepared for opportunities with government agencies, corporations, nonprofits and community organizations to support employee, client, or volunteer education opportunities.

Our graduates are employed as corporate trainers, training and development specialists, instructional coordinators/designers or similar positions at a variety of organizations, including:

  • Nike
  • Intel
  • Head Start
  • American Red Cross
  • Mercy Corps
  • 4-H agencies

Postsecondary education

Learners will enhance their current knowledge, skills, and abilities related to adult learning and development at technical and community colleges and four-year institutions. Although the program does not certify or qualify you to teach content courses that can be applied towards a four-year degree, you will learn how to use research to develop human resource capacity by conducting needs assessments, designing and implementing training programs and workshops, and facilitating program evaluations.

Our graduates work as instructors, human resource directors, program coordinators and instructional designers at various colleges and universities, including:

  • Lane Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Oregon Health Sciences University

eLearning Industry

Unlike most programs, our curriculum will also prepare you for careers in educational technolgoies, online learning, or web-based career opportunities. Through our instructional technology series and instructional strategies and design courses, you will develop knowledge and skills for careers in online training and teaching. Instructional designers are in high demand and our program prepares you for a variety of opportunities to develop and deliver education or training in online, hybrid, or face-to-face formats. Graduates are prepared to work as Instructional Designers, eLearning Support Specialists, and Technical Trainers.


For information about job prospects for these career fields, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook. The OSU Career Development Center can also support your career exploration.

Erich N. Pitcher, PhD
Program Lead