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Degree Outline

The MA in Adult Education is a thirty-nine to forty-two hour program which provides the expertise and experience to supervise adult education programs in a variety of settings such as including public schools, colleges and universities, community-based organizations and agencies, and workplaces of all kinds. 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. A supervised internship practicum is also required.
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Degree Plan - Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses 
Electives or Thesis 
Semester Credit Hours
3-6 (depending on concentration)
39-42 (depending on choice of thesis option and concentration)
Required Courses:
ADED 5321 Adult Learning and Development
ADED 7325 Teaching Adults: Principles and Practices
ADED 5344 Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary Education and Adult Education
ADED 5335 Applied Research in Adult Education
ED 7324 Problems and Strategies in Program Planning Seminar
ADED 5330 Managing Adult Education
ADED 5384 Internship in Adult Education

*ADED Electives:

ADED 5334 Family Literacy
ADED 5335 Applied Research in Adult Education
ADED 5337 Adult Literacy
ADED 5338 Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers of Adults
ADED 5339 Adult Literacy ESL Assessment and Evaluation
ADED 5340 Adult Second Language Acquisition
ADED 5345 Current Issues in Adult, Continuing and Professional Education
ADED 5378 Problems in Adult Education
ADED 5379 Independent Study
ADED 5382 Foundations of Adult Education
ADED 7325 Teaching Adults: Principles and Practices
ADED 7342 Adult English as a Second Language Methods and Materials
ADED 7343 Organizational Learning and Development
ED 7322 Human Resource and Professional Development
ED 7364 Team Development
ED 7XXX Other ED courses if open to students outside the Ph.D. cohort

  *General/Free Electives:

 ADED/ED and general electives will be selected in consultation with student’s adviser.
Certain electives will be prescribed according to the student’s professional concentration.            
Adult Literacy/ESL
Continuing and Community Education
Workplace Learning
See Courses Offered for further details.

Degree Plan - Thesis Option

The degree audit of the student electing to complete the thesis option is modified to include:  

ADED 5399A & ADED 5399B

This choice reduces the number of electives by 6 credits. Because students in the Adult ESL concentration only have 3 credits of electives, selection of the thesis option means they will complete a 42 hour degree.


To come up with an idea for a thesis it may be helpful to keep a thesis ideas folder as an aid in the development of ideas and keeping track of information as it comes available. The folder could include notes, references, journals, reflections, and course assignments that relate to the thesis. Students completing a thesis need to download a copy of the Texas State  Thesis and Dissertation Guide. The guide contains step-by-step procedures for writing a thesis. Also, the student will be under the guidance of a thesis committee. The committee will consist of the chair and two additional committee members. The student will enroll in ADED 5399A, the first in a series of two courses for the student who is pursuing the thesis option. While enrolled in ADED 5399A the student completes the thesis proposal, which consists of the first three chapters of the thesis. The student, who completes the proposal, successfully defends it, and makes recommended changes within the semester he/she is registered for ADED 5399A receives a grade of "PR" for progress. Following the successful completion of ADED 5399A, the student enrolls in ADED 5399B. Students must re-enroll in thesis every semester until the thesis and comprehensive exam options are successfully completed.


One of the requirements for a major in Adult Education is a supervised internship. We suggest that you keep an ideas folder as you go through your coursework to record internship possibilities. See an ADED advisor for more information about the internship. Any student who plans to begin an internship must gain approval from the graduate advisor before registering. Please note, internships are run in the spring semester only.

ADED Minor

The Minor in Adult Education consists of nine hours taken in conjunction with an approved Texas State University graduate major. It is offered for individuals in other graduate programs whose current or anticipated professional roles include working with adult learners.  Please contact the current MA in Adult Education Program Coordinator, Joellen Coryell, for advisement.
Required Courses:
ADED 5321 Adult Learning and Development
ADED or ED Electives in minor (by advisement)


Adult ESL (English as a Second Language)

The Adult ESL concentration of the MA in Adult Education program will produce reflective practitioners who have the skills and knowledge to teach, develop, and manage ESL programs for adults in a variety of settings in the community. Providing our Adult Education students with this concentration is our way to respond to an increasing need for adult ESL instructors in the Nation and our State.
ADED 5337/7337
ADED 5338
ADED 5339
ADED 5340
ADED 7342
General Electives
   OR Thesis
*42 hour degree if thesis option


Adult Literacy
Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers of Adults
Adult Literacy ESL Assessment and Evaluation
Adult Second Language Acquisition
Adult English as a Second Language Methods and Materials






Continuing and Community Education

The Continuing and Community Education concentration of the MA in Adult Education program focuses on individual learning in a variety of settings that offer opportunities for adult to further their education and engage in lifelong learning. These settings include noncredit (e.g. professional certificates) and credit-bearing programs (e.g. accelerated degree programs) offered at colleges and universities (for nontraditional-aged students), public schools (community education programs), professional and voluntary organizations, libraries and museums, the military, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and agencies, and for profit learning centers.
ADED 5382
ADED 5345/7345
General Electives     
Foundations of Adult Education
Current Issues in Adult, Continuing and Professional Education
Electives in major
Or Thesis
Workplace Learning 
The Workplace Learning concentration of the MA in Adult Education program focuses on the connections between work and learning. The concentration prepares students for positions in employee development and organizational learning in settings such as corporate, non-profit, health, high tech, education, manufacturing, military, and state government.
ED 7322
ADED 7343
ED 7364
General Electives
Human Resource and Professional Development
Organizational Learning and Development
Team Development
Electives in major or Thesis (ADED 5399
From ADED, ED, or other programs (by advisement)