The MA in Adult Education is a 39-42 hour program (including thesis) which provides the expertise and experience to develop and lead adult education programs in a variety of settings such as community-based literacy programs, postsecondary education institutions, community education programs, adult basic education programs, workplace development programs, and lifelong learning programs.
For both the thesis and non-thesis option, required coursework emphasizes, adult learning and development; program administration and leadership, including needs assessment, design, implementation, management, and evaluation; research methodology; teaching adults; and multicultural perspectives in postsecondary and adult education. Additional courses are added to the student’s degree outline in consultation with the program advisor and with consideration of the student’s professional concentration (e.g. adult literacy/ESL, continuing and community education, or workplace learning).
Students in the MA program have the option to write and defend a master's thesis on an adult education topic. Graduate faculty will guide and supervise the thesis project.
All of the following materials must be submitted to the Graduate College.
Graduate Minor in Adult Education:
The Minor in Adult Education consists of 12 hours taken in conjunction with an approved Texas State University graduate major. The minor provides a flexible curriculum for individuals with careers in settings such as junior/community colleges, vocational/technical schools, universities, and private industry and for whom some of their job responsibilities include teaching or planning educational programs for adults. All minors are required to take ADED 5321, Adult Learning and Development. Remaining credits are by advisement. For more information, please contact the Adult Education Program graduate advisor.