Adult Education (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale), or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. A letter describing the applicant’s interest in the field and experience with teaching or administering adult programs.
  3. Applicants may be asked to participate in a phone or online interview at the discretion of the adult education coordinator.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Application Deadline

Applicants must apply by August 1 for fall admission or by December 1 for spring admission. No applications are accepted for summer admission.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (21 credit hours)
ADE 500INTRODUCTION TO ADULT EDUCATION3
ADE 600ADULTHOOD AND DEVELOPMENT3
ADE 605HISTORICAL, SOCIAL, AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADULT EDUCATION3
ADE 608INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT3
ADE 610METHODS OF ADULT EDUCATION3
ADE 655DIVERSITY ISSUES IN ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING3
ADE 695METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH3
Elective Field Specialization Courses (9 credit hours)
Select three content courses plus comprehensive examination9
Total Credit Hours30

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours completed with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA including 9 hours in an elective field specialization, selected under advisement. The 9-credit field specialization is developed by each student and his or her academic advisor to incorporate courses from related academic disciplines. Examples of field specializations include administration, literacy, English as a second language, job development, workplace learning and staff development, vocational education, counseling, human resource development, student personnel administration, community activism, creativity, exceptionality, criminal justice, health and wellness, educational computing, hospitality and business. The field specialization could also include an internship for those students with minimal adult education experience.

Students also must complete a written comprehensive examination as a culminating requirement.