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Adult Education

Adult Education

Major subject – Adult Education

Our time is characterised by rapid changes and developments, thus requiring us to constantly deal with new things. Adult Education helps us to meet the challenges and opportunities of adulthood and adult life in our different roles at work and leisure. As a student of Adult Education, you will learn to understand yourself as a person and develop through encounters with other people. You will also learn to support groups and organisations in goal-oriented development processes. As an adult educator, you will master the concepts and methods of adult education, while also being able to challenge and provoke other people to engage in reflection and rethink matters. Your studies will give you an opportunity to specialise in topical social phenomena (active citizenship, social movements and activism) and working-life development needs (on-the-job learning, competence development and professional development).

As a student of Adult Education, you will have a great deal of freedom to broaden and strengthen your competence through your choice of minor subjects and elective studies. Useful minor subjects for a future adult educator include, among others, pedagogical leadership, social policy, public administration, business administration, and management. You can create a unique and attractive professional profile by choosing minor subjects that interest you most and completing your practical training in interesting places.  Adult Education is a good choice as a minor subject for social or health scientists, or anyone who is pursuing a multifaceted competence profile and interested in advancing development.

Thesis work at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level as well as post-graduate research (after earning a Master’s degree) are oriented toward studies in interpersonal phenomena at the organisational and societal level. This deals with phenomena associated with fundamental pedagogical issues and current educational problems and development. Issues involving leadership and learning in a civil society are prioritised. Students are encouraged to participate in research projects in collaboration with staff and doctoral students.In research we strive for interdisciplinary co-operation both within the faculty and across faculty boundaries.


Visiting address

Rantakatu 2


Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa
Adult Education
PL 311
FI-65101 Vaasa