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Adult, Professional & Community Education

The Adult, Professional, and Continuing Education (APCE) major educates scholar-practitioners who work in the broad array of settings encompassed served by the field of Adult Education. Adult educators are found in community organizations such as libraries, museums, and parks; government agencies; schools and higher education; foundations and NGOs; the business sector; social services; the military; religious organizations; social and community action groups; vocational education; media and technology; professional associations; or any setting where adults are learning or need to learn. The traditional knowledge bases of this interdisciplinary field include adult learning and teaching, adult development, program planning and evaluation, community and organizational development,  organizational and community learning, and a rich literature on adult learning/education and social justice.

Adult educators can be found working in positions as diverse as 

Directors/faculty in continuing education/community education in universities or community colleges

Directors/faculty in community education programs in libraries, museums, religious education

Directors/faculty in adult literacy and ESL programs

University faculty (e.g. in adult & continuing education, community education, human resource development, adult literacy, higher education)

Directors/faculty for continuing professional education programs

Directors of adult basic education/GED programs

Administrators/specialists of distance learning

Faculty developers in higher education

Educators in the health professions (continuing professional ed, patient education, staff development)

Learning specialists and organizational developers in business and industry, schools, government agencies, the military non-profit sector


ED 7311 Educational Philosophy in a Social Context (3 hours)
ED 7364 Team Development in Education (3 hours)
ED 7312 Leadership and Organizational Change (3 hours)
ED 7315 Models of Inquiry: Understanding Epistemologies (3 hours)
ED 7313 Advanced Studies in Adult Learning and Development (3 hours)
ED 7314  Community Development for Educators (3 hours)
ED 7321 Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Lifelong Learning (3 hours)
ED 7324 Problems and Strategies in Program Planning Seminar (3 hours) 
ADED 7325 Teaching Adults: Principles and Practices (3 hours)
ED 7322  Human Resource and Professional Development (3 hours)
Research Courses
ED 7351 Beginning Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Fall or Spring)

ED7352 Beginning Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Fall or Spring
ED 7354  Intermediate Qualitative Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Summer)
ED 7353  Intermediate Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Summer)
ED 7341 Dissertation Proposal Development (3 hours) (Year 3 Fall or Spring, after core & research courses)
Elective Courses
9 hours (3 courses)