Adult and Higher Education (AHED)
The Adult and Higher Education (AHED) program at Texas A&M University-Texarkana is a unique, interdisciplinary graduate 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, there is a great need for specialists who understand how to teach adults, facilitate their learning, how to achieve greater organizational performance by helping individual workers fulfill their potential.
What You’ll Learn from Us
If you are interested in teaching or training adults, working with college students, or administering a community, educational program, the Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education 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 students 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 semester credit hours 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.
Distinctive Features of the Adult and Higher Education Program
- Small class sizes
- Practitioner-based skills
- Four focus areas to choose from
- Delivered to meet needs of working or non-working students – always blended between on-site evening classes/Web, Saturday/Web, or entirely online
- We follow a philosophy of building practical competence, not just theoretical knowledge
- An instructional focus area for students desiring to teach at the undergraduate level (Note: Most institutions require a minimum of 18 semester credit hours in the discipline to teach at the undergraduate level.)
- Program can be completed in two years or less
Adult and Higher Education Careers
- Training specialists in the for-profit or non-profit sector, such as manufacturing or healthcare
- Staff positions or leadership roles in community college or other higher education settings
- Instructional technologists
- Curriculum designers or program planners
- Literacy instructors or program administrators
- County extension agents
- Military trainers
- Law enforcement trainers
- Instructors for Adult Basic Education or English as Second Language
For more information, contact Program Coordinator/Advisor Dr. Gaynell Green, Associate Professor of Adult Education, at 903.223.3165 or Gaynell.Green@tamut.edu .