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LINCS Learning Portal

Create a LINCS account to access professional development courses in the LINCS Learning Portal.

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LINCS has a number of self-paced online courses for adult education practitioners. These courses are available for use anytime, anywhere on the LINCS Learning Portal. We will be adding new courses periodically, so be sure to create a LINCS account to receive announcements on new professional development opportunities.

Career Pathways

The Adult Career Pathways (ACP) courses are intended to help state and local adult education providers to deliver programs that help low-skilled adults succeed in postsecondary education and employment. Courses include:

  • Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Developing Effective Bridge Programs
  • Designing Contextualized Instruction
  • Integrating Career Counseling and Planning
  • Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways

English Language Learners

English Language Learner University (ELL-U) provides opportunities for teachers of adult English Language Learners to engage in learning activities that maximize student outcomes. These ELL-U courses consist of five on-demand, self-paced online learning modules tailored to meet the needs of educators working with ELLs. Courses include:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Emergent Readers
  • Formative Assessment
  • The Role of Culture
  • Principles of Second Language Teaching

Learning Disabilities

Learning to Achieve helps teachers of adults with learning disabilities increase their effectiveness. Courses include:

  • Learning Disabilities and Accommodations
  • Learning Disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Learning Disabilities and Neuroscience
  • Professional’s Guide to Educating Adults


LINCS’ science courses help teachers use science in adult education classrooms. These courses introduce instructors to the importance of science education, curriculum planning, and the use of science in adults’ daily lives. Courses include:

  • Engaging Adult Learners in Science
  • Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Development
  • Project-Based Science Instruction for Career Preparation


The Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom course is designed for instructors who are at the beginner/intermediate level of knowledge of technology tools and technology integration in the classroom. This course examines the why, how, and what questions for integrating technology in the adult education classroom.


A series of five courses are available for adult educators who would like to learn more about teaching the essential components of reading. To register for the courses, please visit http://literacyworkslincs.learnerweb.org. Courses include:

  • Teaching Adults to Read: Alphabetics
  • Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency
  • Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary
  • Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension
  • Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

Research in the Classroom

The purpose of the Understanding and Applying Research in the Classroom: A Guide for Today's Educators course is to provide educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions that will positively affect their students. This course is based on the publication "What is Scientifically Based Research? Using Research and Reason in Education".