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 Gradate Collage.
1. Application for admission to the Graduate School at Texas State University-San Marcos
2. Writing sample as specified:
Discuss a major issue currently confronting adult education. You are strongly encouraged to draw on your own experiences in education in writing this essay. Please detail your own position on the subject and limit your response to 1000 words..
3. Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work (Bachelor’s degree required).
4. Interview with an ADED advisor or faculty committee. Telephone Jovita Ross-Gordon, program advisor, at (512) 245-8084 to schedule.
7. Three Letters of Reference
Graduate Minor in Adult Education:
The Minor in Adult Education consists of 9 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 (currently Jovita Ross-Gordon).