Adult Education Specialization

The Adult Education program develops adult education practitioners who are critically reflective, student-centered and committed to social justice.

Learning is a lifelong project—it doesn't end with graduation from high school or college or, in fact, from any formal educational program. Learning in adulthood has no boundaries:

  • We learn at work, both informally and in more structured ways;
  • We learn in our families, especially when we assume new roles, like partner or spouse, parent, or caregiver of our own parents;
  • We learn in our personal lives, through particular experiences and through the developmental process that shapes adult life; and
  • We learn from the world around us, through the media, through popular culture, through our faith communities, through hobbies and other activities, and through our friends.

As adults, we are learning all the time and in all our life situations. It is this learning that is the focus of adult education. We seek to understand how adults learn, how to facilitate that learning effectively, and how that learning can benefit both the individual learner and society at large. The field of adult education is interdisciplinary and inclusive—it draws on other fields such as psychology, sociology, communications, history, and cultural studies, to name some of the major ones. It is also rooted in and committed to educational practice that is critically reflective and student-centered. That practice occurs in a wide variety of contexts: colleges and universities, professional organizations, health care institutions, the corporate world, community organizations, the military services, all levels of government, religious organizations, continuing education programs, and nonprofit organizations.

In short, adult education is everywhere, and the purpose of adult educators is to facilitate the learning of adults in various contexts. The Mission Statement of the Adult Education program captures well the intent and purpose of our program, which is to develop adult education practitioners who are critically reflective, student-centered, and committed to social justice.

Master Of Science (Adult Education)

A 37 credit hour degree program which allows an individual to take the required course work completely as Web delivery; or, if so desired, may have an option to take campus-based courses. Although a final exam is not required for this degree, individuals must compile a professional portfolio documenting degree progress, which is submitted in the last semester of coursework.
 
Requires a minimum of 66 credit hours with a master's degree or 96 credit hours without a master's degree. This degree prepares individuals for professional work settings as well as faculty positions in research universities. It also offers a variety of courses in which a student may choose to emphasize in areas essential for the knowledge and skills necessary to meet your goals. The GRE is required for this degree.