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Known for pioneering work regionally, nationally, and internationally, the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy includes three program areas:

Our faculty challenge and engage students in graduate programs focused on intellectual inquiry, research, and practice. Our programs prepare leaders who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life of individuals and organizations.

Department faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for contributions in research and policy development. Our faculty members' research includes action research, multicultural perspectives in adult education, education law, gender inequity, administration, school improvement, education policy, human resource and organizational development, the superintendency, and qualitative research methods.

Our faculty are also regular contributors to the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, have an active role in the development of the State of Education in Georgia annual conference, provide leadership in supporting the lifelong learning institute on campus, and provide training to adult literacy instructors throughout the state.


Educational Administration and Policy

This program develops the careers of students who become leaders in educational administration, policy, and school systems.

Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development

Prepare for a career in organizations related to the education of adults.

Qualitative Research

Do you have an interest in the methodological, theoretical, and ethical procedures and challenges inherent to social science research and evaluation? Join us in contributing to the methodological and theoretical development of qualitative research and program evaluation.


Research Grants


In addition to the following departmental scholarships, learn more about additional opportunities for financial assistance on our financial aid page.

Student Organizations

Graduate Student Network (GSN)

This organization provides a communication network to students, faculty, and professionals interested in lifelong learning. It also facilitates social/professional interaction among lifelong learners and supports adjunct learning experiences.

Members are graduate students in the Department of Lifelong Learning, Administration, and Policy.

Faculty advisor: Richard Blissett


Faculty members inducted into IACE Hall of Fame

August 18, 2021
Laura Bierema and Kimberly Osborne, faculty members in the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, will be inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.

Contact Us

Department Head: Karen Bryant

River's Crossing 850 College Station Road Athens, Georgia 30602