GAEA was chartered on April 2, 1959, as the Georgia Adult Education Council, Inc. In the spring of 1975, the council became the Georgia Adult Education Association, Inc., and functions today as the umbrella organization serving adult educators from all segments of the adult education profession. Throughout its history, GAEA has attempted to provide a leadership mechanism for adult educators across the full spectrum of the profession. Its mission is to promote and develop adult/continuing education in Georgia among groups and individuals engaged in the field of adult/continuing education through communication, interaction and professional development that serves people of Georgia.

What GAEA Offers

Annual Conference with Cutting-Edge Workshops: Conference topics range from cutting edge technology to hot topics in the field of adult education. The conference features speakers from a wide range of backgrounds with topics that cover the many facets of adult and continuing education.

COABE Membership: Your GAEA membership also includes membership in COABE, a leading organization in adult education.
Scholarships: GAEA offers an annual scholarship to a member pursuing an advanced degree in the field as well as professional development scholarships.


·         Academic Scholarship for up to $1,500
·         Professional Development Scholarship for up to $500 
·         Click here for more detailed information
·         Application deadline: TBD
·         E-mail applications to
·         Awards will be announced during the Annual Conference
Newsletter: The newsletter provides a forum for exchanging information on successful programs from across the state and updates on issues affecting continuing education and workforce development. Link to join: Coming soon!

Awards & Recognition: Awards for individual achievement and excellence in programming are presented at the organization's annual professional meeting. 2017 award information: Coming soon!

Leading Adults Toward a Better Tomorrow

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