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LLEP Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EDLR 5201 — Influences on Adult Learning (Fall Year 1)
  • EDLR 5204 — Organizational Learning (Spring Year 1)
  • EDLR 6313 — Educational Policy and Politics (Fall Year 2)
  • EDLR 6467 — Social Justice Leadership, Equity, and Change (Spring Year 2)
  • EDLR 6050 — Proposal/Prospectus Development I

Adult Learning Concentration Courses (9 credits minimum)

  • EDLR 5202 — Workplace Learning
  • EDLR 5203 — The Brain, Experience, and Adult Learning
  • EDLR 5206 — Development of Programs for Adult & Human Resource Education
  • EDLR 6201 — Strategic Applications of Adult Learning Principles
  • EDLR 5099 — Independent Study
  • EDLR 6092 — Practicum

Research Courses (9 credits minimum)
(Can be used to meet Graduate School 6-credit minimum Related Area requirement)

  • EDCI 6000 — Qualitative Methods of Educational Research (Fall or Spring)
  • EDLR 6052 — Qualitative Methods of Educational Research II (Spring)
  • EDCI 6005 — Advanced Methods of Qualitative Research
  • EPSY 5605 — Quantitative Methods in Research I (Fall and Spring)
  • EPSY 5607 — Quantitative Methods in Research II (Spring)
  • Other research courses as needed

Graduate School Required Doctoral Dissertation Research credits (15 credits minimum)

  • GRAD 6950 — Doctoral Dissertation Research


Thank you for your interest in our LLEP Doctoral program, please review the LLEP Ph.D. in Adult Learning Application Process Check List and Guidelines.pdf.pdf.

Applications for the LLEP Doctoral program are due by February 1 of each year.

Please note that the Admissions Committee cannot make a decision about your application until the application is complete with all required information and materials.
To apply:

  1. Assemble your application materials for the Graduate School:
    • Personal Statement of Purpose1
    • Current resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Residence Affidavit.pdf.pdf
    • GRE Scores2 (not more than 5 years old)
    • TOEFL Scores (if a foreign student)
    • Unofficial transcripts of all collegiate work (including UConn)
    • Contact information for three references/recommenders3
    • Professional writing samples4
  2. Complete the Application to the Graduate School (online preferred:
  3. Interview
    The Adult Learning Admissions Committee and/or the Department of Educational Leadership Admissions Committee may request an interview if you are an applicant finalist. If the Committee would like to invite you for an interview, either a member of the Admissions Committee or the Department Administrative Assistant will contact you via email.


1 In your Personal Statement of Purpose address: (a) your experience working with adults and/or facilitating adult learning, (b) your reasons for pursuing the Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy (LLEP) with Adult Learning concentration at the University of Connecticut, (c) your research intererests, and (d) your professional goals and how a degree from our program relates to those goals.

2 The schedule for GRE testing is independent of UConn application deadlines. Please plan accordingly. You may receive testing information and dates on-line at

3 During the application process, an applicant asked to provide contact information for three recommenders. You must input the names and contact information for each provider, whether they will be submitting electronically or on paper. In the electronic application system, be sure to mark "Yes" for the online submission question on the Provider Input Form for individuals who will submit a letter on your behalf. For individuals who wish to submit their letter of recommendation on paper, please download and print a copy of our reference form and follow the directions for paper references.

4 Writing sample(s) may include academic paper, published article, technical manual, book chapter, etc. Please upload a .pfd file of your writing sample(s) into the online application system.