The mission of the Adult Education program is to prepare practitioners who work or will work as teachers, program developers and evaluators, or administrators seeking to enhance the learning capability of adults on an individual, organizational, and community level in educational programs in a variety of contexts. These contexts encompass community-based organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, corporations, professional and voluntary associations, school systems, continuing & higher education institutions, correctional facilities, cultural institutions (e.g., libraries, museums, and zoological parks), and the military.
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:
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 three concentrations in the MA in Adult Education program: Adult Literacy/English as a Second Language, Continuing and Community Education, and Work and Learning. *The 39 hour master's program includes 3 semester hours of supervised internship (150 clock hours minimum) in a setting appropriate to the student’s career goals.
Those students selecting the thesis option must write and defend a master's thesis on an adult education topic and enroll in a minimum of 6 credits of thesis supervision. Graduate faculty will supervise the thesis project.
*With the exception of those choosing both the Adult Literacy/ESL concentration and thesis option who will complete a 42-hour degree program.
|Adult Literacy/ESL Education |
Programs for providing education and training for adults in:
Continuing and Community Education
Programs providing education and training for adults in settings including:
Work and Learning