Become a Leader in Learning Innovation

Do you have a bachelor's degree in business, human resources, or instructional design and want to take your career in training and development to the next level? Park University's M.Ed. in Leading Adult and Organizational Learning will prepare you for a diverse, exciting career where you can:

  • use your instructional design and educational technology skills to develop effective learning solutions
  • lead efforts within your organization to develop an effective learning culture and overall organizational innovation and effectiveness

Graduates of the program work in diverse organizations such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Professional and technical services
  • Government and Military
  • Higher Education Administration

Park University's award-winning adult and organizational learning program draws on a range of disciplines, including education, business and information technology, and are taught by faculty who are leaders and current practitioners in the field.

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Classes start each Fall 1 and Spring 1 terms. The Fall 1 term is filling up fast, so don't delay!

For more information, contact the area coordinator at

Daniel B. Cooper '17
The knowledge I gained has had a tremendous impact on my life and the veterans I now serve. Understanding the theories on why adults learn as they do, the barriers they face, and how to better incorporate experiential learning into my facilitation strategies has made me much more effective in truly understanding and assisting them as they transition from the military into life as a civilian.

Degree Opportunities

Master of Education in Leading Adult & Organizational Learning


  • Active Inquire & Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Professional Ethics & Moral Reasoning
  • Interpersonal Leadership
  • Educational Technology Innovation
As a part of this degree program, you will complete 30 hours of coursework in areas that encompass human capacity building, emergent technologies, program planning, managing change and more.


This program will prepare you for careers as a:

  • Corporate Training and Development Manager
  • Military Educator
  • Higher Education Teacher
  • Community-Based Education Developer
  • Instructional Designer
  • eLearning Developer
  • Consultant

Fully Online Program

Get maximum flexibility in a fully online Master’s program with convenient 8-week terms. 

Personal Attention

Our 14-1 student-faculty ratio provides small, engaging classes and ample opportunities for personalized attention.

Award-Winning Curriculum

Our curriculum has received the ACHE Exceptional Program Award and the CPAE Curriculum Innovation Award.

Career Placement

Park's Career Development Center will help you jump-start your career!


Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D.

Full Professor, M.Ed. In Leading Adult & Organizational Learning

B.S. Leadership Development, Texas A&M University
M.S. Leadership Development & Distance Education, Texas A&M University
Ph.D. Adult Education, Cornell University

Office: Virtual
Phone: (816) 584-6339

Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D. is a scholar on the future of learning and has 20 years of experience, working in the United States, Europe, and Africa on institution-wide strategic initiatives and educational development projects that develop human capacity, promote self-directed learning, and leverage collaborative knowledge production for social change.

Errin Heyman, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, M.Ed. in Leading Adult & Organizational Learning

B.A., English Writing, University of Colorado, 1993
M.A., Teaching of Writing, University of Colorado, 1997
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, 2010

Office: Virtual
Telephone: By Appointment

Errin Heyman, Ed.D. has over twenty years of higher education experience, with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of online and on-ground pedagogy, curriculum and instruction, and accreditation processes and requirements. She has expertise in advancing leadership and visibility of student learning outcomes and educational effectiveness.

Cynthia Larson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, M.Ed. in Leading Adult & Organizational Learning
B.S. Mass Communication, Towson University, 1988
M.A., Liberal Studies, Towson University, 1991
Ed.D., Human Resource Development, The George Washington University, 2000
Office: Virtual

Cynthia Larson, Ed.D. has over 25 years experience in business and higher education. She currently is the managing principal at Leader180inc, a business strategy and leadership development consulting practice serving businesses, non-profits, and academic institutions. Her focus is on helping leaders optimize their effectiveness in developing teams and creating sustainable, growth-oriented organizations.

K. Holly Shiflett, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, M.Ed. in Leading Adult & Organizational Learning

B.A. Communication Arts, Salisbury University, 1992
M.A., Integrated Marketing Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
Ph.D., Higher Ed Management, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Office: Virtual

K. Holly Shiflett, Ph.D. works with business development teams to craft online learning solutions for universities in the United States and Europe. She also supports the implementation of distance education programs and has managed course development teams, strategic planning and support services for a number of higher education institutions.

Linda Passamaneck, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Area Coordinator, M.Ed. in Leading Adult & Organizational Learning

B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University, 1994
M.Ed., Colorado State University, 1996
Ph.D., Capella University, 2016

Office: Virtual
Telephone: (816) 868-0633

Linda Passamaneck, Ph.D. appreciates the increasing convergence of business, education and technology and has been working for over 20 years to develop innovative higher education programs that support the need for lifelong learning. She has worked and consulted with numerous organizations, non-profits, and universities to start and successfully grow their eLearning programs.

School of Education

School of Education
8700 NW River Park Drive
Parkville MO 64152

Dr. Linda Passamaneck
Area Coordinator
(816) 868-0633