Certificate in Teaching Adults

This is your invitation to teach others, joining one of the most important functions in life - passing on knowledge and skills to others.  It is both an opportunity and a responsibility.  This course is for you no matter the setting (workplace, educational, etc), whether you teach formally or informally, and whether you currently teach or are wanting to in the future. This certificate will give you both the fundamental and advanced information to improve your teaching. Your lead instructor is author of How to Teach Adults, the best-selling book on the subject. The ebook version is included in the course.  This is a two month, individual class.



Unit 1: How Adults Learn

  • Emotional characteristics, self image as key
  • Physical characteristics and your physical surroundings
  • Mental characteristics, adults display a readiness to learn
  • Social characteristics, learners’ experiences, schooling, and prior experience
  • Keys to helping adults learn

Unit 2: Tackling Learning Styles

  • Sensory learning styles
  • Gender learning styles
  • Neurological learning styles

Unit 3: Generational Learning Styles

  • The cohort experience
  • Understanding generational differences
  • How Baby Boomers learn
  • How Gen X and Gen Y learns

Unit 4: How to Prepare for your Course

  • Preparing the Course
  • Goals, objectives, and end results
  • Amount of material to cover
  • Slant or approach, a range of ways to approach your subject
  • Materials preparation


Unit 5: Discovering and Involving Your Participants

  • Finding out more about your participants 
  • The First Class, why this meeting is critical, ice breakers
  • How to involving your participants
  • The Teachable Moment, a special time when you let go for awhile


Unit 6: Ways to Vary Your Teaching Techniques

  • Modes of teaching, different formats for various situations
  • Tips on how to leading a good discussion
  • How to ask a good question one of the most overlooked skills
  • Making small group activities successful
  • Energizing your physical learning environment


Unit 7: Great Presentation Techniques

  • Surprising do’s and don’ts of presenting
  • Advanced presentation techniques
  • Teaching tools, including audiovisuals
  • Handouts that really zing
  • Learning mediums, extra special touches to enhance learning


Unit 8: Improving Your Teaching

  • Measuring results and learning
  • Using the web in face to face courses
  • Improving your course, every time
  • Learning and teaching in the 21st century

Course Objectives

  • To provide an understanding of how adults learn, and the characteristics of adults that impact their learning
  • To address the issue of learning styles, including sensory, generational and neurological learning styles
  • To provide information on both the fundamentals of good teaching, and advanced techniques
  • To give participants strategies for preparing in person courses, teaching face to face courses and improving one’s teaching.

Course Outcomes

  • Possess the knowledge of how adults learn, how learning styles impact learning, and how to best help others learn.
  • Know the keys to preparing a course, involving your participants, and leading a discussion.
  • Get the most advanced, how to tips and techniques on presenting, using audiovisuals, and other learning tools.
  • Have an understanding of how use the web in face to face courses, how to develop continual improvement of one’s teaching, and how learning and teaching will be different in the 21st century.