A unique, interdisciplinary program with a singular focus - developing facilitators of lifelong learning! With more adults returning to college and engaged in higher-level learning in the workplace, the need is great for specialists who understand the unique learning styles of adults and how to achieve greater organizational performance by helping individual workers fulfill their potential. If you are interested in teaching or training adults, working with college students, or administering a community, educational program, this degree can advance your career potential! Our curriculum is focused on skills and knowledge the practitioner needs: Communicating, facilitating, designing workshops, teaching or training, program planning, assessing needs, and strategically planning for long-term organizational performance. It is ideal for those who want to teach in any workplace, community college, health organization, literacy organization, religious organization or other community forum. Students may tailor their program of instruction to a more specific field of application by selecting a Professional Focus Area - selected from HIGHER EDUCATION, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT/ADULT EDUCATION, INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY, OR DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION. The INSTRUCTION track prepares one to teach more effectively at the undergraduate level and can be selected from any graduate discipline offered at our campus or transferred in. The core curriculum of 21 semester credit hours provides fundamental knowledge and skills any adult educator needs to possess; this body of courses is based on guidelines of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. Delivery formats vary: offered completely on-line, evening/hybrid format, or held on 4-5 Saturdays during the term. Whatever format fits your learning style, the program can be completed in two years or less, if one can take 6 SCH per term. Each course challenges students to intellectually consider the intersections of theory, research and practice but supplies practical skills and personal competencies needed for success. The final components required for graduation are a passing score on the Graduate comprehensive examination taken during final term and successful completion of the graduate capstone course AHED 588, also taken in the final term.
Adult Education Core - 18 SCH
Research Methods - 3 SCH
Professional Focus area - 12 SCH (areas include Higher Education, Adult Ed/Human Resource Development, Instructional Technology, or Discipline/Instruction)
A list of specific courses for each focus area and the two-year rotation schedule are included in the curriculum link
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