The Master of Arts in Adult Education program aims to prepare graduate students to teach and lead effectively in a way that provides graduates with tools to:
- Assess educational and related needs
- Design, implement, manage, and evaluate programs and services to effectively address those needs
- Structure participatory programs involving collaboration, development, and ownership of educational ends and means by the learners themselves
- Understand, analyze, and relate pertinent theories to practice.
- Design and conduct practical research aimed at enhancing effectiveness of educational programs
- Model excellence in learning and leadership as well as in personal, professional, and community networking and development, so that Adult Education program participants can meet their educational and related needs and goals; aspire to excellence in lifelong learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving; and improve the quality of their lives.
Overview of the M.A. Program
The common core curriculum prepares the educator to meet the contemporary needs of the adult learner and includes courses in the adult learning and development; program development, including needs assessment, design, implementation, management, and evaluation; research methodology; teaching adults; and multicultural perspectives in postsecondary and adult education. Students also complete and internship. In addition to the core curriculum, there are two concentrations in the MA in Adult Education program: Adult Literacy/English as a Second Language, and Workplace, Community and Continuing Education.