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College of Education

Adult Education Administration Master of Education/Master of Science
Admission requirements

Basic Curriculum Guide

Certification in Adult Education
Graduate Course Descriptions

The curricula are designed to produce teachers and educators who are exemplary professionals: professionally astute, academically astute, confident, analytical/reflective, proactive, and ethical.

The College of Education offers the Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership.  Additionally, the Master of Education and the Master of Science in education are offered in the following specialty areas:

Adult Education
Business Education
Counselor Education
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Educational Leadership (Administration & Supervision)
Health and Physical Education
Industrial Arts/Technology
Secondary Education and Foundations

Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services
The Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services provides experiences for a variety of professional careers in educational and non-educational institutions and agencies.   Students acquire skills and competencies in the areas of Adult Education, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership (Administration and Supervision).
The Adult Education and Counselor Education programs offer the Master of Education degree  (M.Ed.), and the Master of Science degree (M.S.), which requires a thesis.  The program in Educational Leadership offers three graduate degrees, the Master of Education degree (M. Ed.), the Master of Science degree (M.S.), which requires a thesis, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), which requires a dissertation.

Through these degree programs, students prepare for leadership positions in schools (Pre-K-12) and institutions of higher education, for educational positions in government and other educational entities, for engagement in counseling/mental health and student personnel work.  The programs of study to be pursued at the graduate level are developed on the basis of a graduate student’s interest, background, credentials, and career goals.  Specific programs may vary within and between majors and allow the student to concentrate on various areas of professional competence.

Every student in all programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services are required to see his/her faculty advisor at the beginning of each semester and at the end of each semester prior to registering for the next semester courses, and they are to dress as professional educators and to attend all required meetings.

:  Burnette, Ada Puryear; Dozier-Henry, Oare’; Hope, Warren; Moore, Mary; Poole, Gloria.
Associate Professors:  Billups, Arland; Bogan, Yolanda; Davenport, Elizabeth; Lutti, Ghazwan; McConnell-Robinson, Nancy;  Green-Powell, Patricia

Adult Education Administration
Master of Education/Master of Science

    The program in Adult Education prepares practitioners to provide leadership to facilitate adult learning in a variety of organizational, higher education and community settings as program planners, administrators, supervisors, trainers, adult educators, adult literary developers and other continuing education specialists.  Students are prepared to assume these roles through the mastery of certain subject matter and the acquisition of research skills.  The systematic study of the underlying theories and current practices involves participation in required coursework, experiential learning activity and independent study.

Admission requirements
An applicant must:
1.    Meet all university admission requirements for graduate study;
2.    Declare in writing his or her intention to major in adult education
3.    Present three (3) letters of recommendation that include references to professional experiences and personal qualities;
4.    Receive approval as an adult education administration major  pending review by the adult education coordinator and department chairperson.

Basic Curriculum Guide

Foundations Sem. Hrs.
EDF 5211  Advanced Educational Psychology 6
EDF 5481  Introduction to Educational Research* 3
EDF 5543  Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
EDF 5608  Sociological Foundations of Education 3
Adult Education 24
ADE 5075  Higher Adult Education 3
ADE 5081  Introduction to Adult Education* 3
ADE 5181  Community Adult Education Programs 3
ADE 5182  Planning and Development of Adult Education* 3
ADE 5197  Basic Education for Adults 3
ADE 5260  Organization and Administration of Adult Education* 3
ADE 5266  Supervision of Adult Programs* 3
ADE 5385  Psychology of the Adult Learner* 3
ADE 5471  Materials and Methods of Adult Education* 3
ADE 5474  Methods, Techniques, and Materials of Adult Education 3
ADE 5772  Research Seminar* 3
ADE 5906  Directed Individual Study 1-3
MHS 5420  Guidance and Counseling in Adult Education 3
Educational Leadership 6
EDA 5051  Overview of Educational Administration* 3
EDA 5201  School Business Management 3
EDA 5222  Personnel Administration 3
EDA 5530  Principles of Secondary School Administration 3
Thesis Option(for Master of Science Program) 3-6
*Required Courses
A minimum of thirty-six (36) semester hours must be completed for the master’s degree. 

Certification in Adult Education
Courses in the program leading to certification in adult education administration are arranged so that a student who has completed graduate study at the master’s level or higher may satisfy the requirements for certification by completing the following modified core: 
 Sem. Hrs.
Adult Education Core 18
ADE 5182  Planning and Developing Adult Programs* 3
ADE 5260  Organization and Administration of Adult Education* 3
ADE 5266  Supervision of Adult Programs* 3
ADE 5471  Materials and Methods of Adult Education* 3
EDA 5051  Overview of Educational Administration* 3
EDA 5201  School Business Management* 3
*Required Courses 

Graduate Course Descriptions

ADE 5075:  Higher Adult Education (3) Learning facilitation, program development and planning in colleges and universities and continuing professional education.  Emphasis  professional development, and recurrent education.
ADE 5081: Introduction to Adult Education Programs (3) Overview  of the profession and practice of adult education with emphasis on historical development, philosophy, purposes, functions, scope, and clientele.
ADE 5181: Community Adult Education Programs (3)  Examines multi-dimensional aspects of community.  Explores communities as national laboratories of learning.  Includes principles and practices in organizing, planning and administering community adult education programs.  Emphasis on developing and maintaining  appropriate community relationships, professional and lay roles, institutional or agency relation processes and decision making patterns.
ADE 5182: Planning and Development of Adult Programs (3) Planning and development of programs in a broad spectrum of agencies and organizations that provide adult education or facilitate adult learning as a part of their mission.   Emphasis on program content, organization, target clientele and the effects of organizational and community dynamics on program planning and staff organization.
ADE 5197: Basic Education for Adults (3) Prereq: ADE 5081.  Analysis of  functional needs of undereducated adults.  Emphasis on approaches to teaching essential skills, concepts, and attitudes.
ADE 5260: Organization and Administration of Adult Education (3) Management and leadership in organizations. Emphasis on administrative responsibilities, leadership, group dynamics and  organizational practices.
ADE 5266: Supervision of Adult Programs (3) Prereq: ADE 5260.  Basic principles, concepts, techniques and practices of supervision.  Emphasis on professional and leadership development.
ADE 5385: Psychology of Adult Learning (3) Psychological factors influencing the intellectual development learning styles and preferencs and adult orientation toward learning of adults.  Emphasis on social, physical, and psychological forces affecting adult learners.
ADE 5471: Materials and Methods in Adult Education (3)  Prepares participants to systematically plan and provide educational learning opportunities for adults.  Focus on adults as learners, specialized methods and materials used in educational and other training settings, and organizational/community dynamics affecting the provision of adult education programs.
ADE 5474: Methods, Techniques and Materials of  Adult Basic Education (3) Innovative approaches to program instruction and skills development in relation to adult education programs.
ADE 5772: Research Seminar (3) Restricted to students seeking master’s degree in adult education and/ or certification in adult basic education.  Analysis of current research related to trends, implications. problems, procedures, and innovative programs.  Explores research as a means of developing knowledge in the field.
ADE 5906: Directed Individual Study (variable 1-6) Prereq : For majors only, with department approval.  Individual study may include historical perspectives, adult psychology of learning, program development, organization and administration for adults, adult programs in other countries.
ADE 5971: Thesis (3-6) An independent investigation of a problem in adult education.
MHS 5420:  Guidance and Counseling in Adult Education (3) Provides theories and practical application in guidance and counseling for adults in a variety of settings.