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Adult Education, M.A., M.Ed.

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Advance your career in adult education

The Adult Education concentration is designed to provide professional preparation for administrators/supervisors of adult learning activities, people working in human resource and staff development, continuing and community education, military education, personnel and teachers of adults in a variety of institutions and settings.

Students are exposed to the principles of Adult Education with special emphasis on the changes occurring in adult life as they affect the teaching-learning process. Educational, institutional, administrative and programmatic implications are stressed. Some areas of specialization that can be arranged by the advisor include adult literacy, human resource development or adult religious education.

Earn your Master of Arts or Master of Education

Master of Education

This Master of Education in Adult Education degree is designed for students completing all coursework in education. The degree requires completion of 36 semester hours of coursework based upon the graduate core curriculum and the area of concentration.

Core Courses (12 hours)

  • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development
  • EDUC 63CS1 Capstone in Education

Requirements in the concentration (Select 18 semester hours.)

  • EDUC 6305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
  • ADED 6370 College Teaching
  • ADED 6382 Adult Literacy Education
  • ADED 6384 Contemporary Issues in Adult Ed
  • ADED 6385 Methods & Strategies in Adult Ed
  • ADED 6386 Educational Gerontology
  • ADED 6387 Program Development in Adult Ed
  • ADED 6388 Effective Teams and Groups
  • ADED 6390 Practicum in Adult Learning Environments

Electives (6 semester hours)*

  • *Elective courses must be in education
Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Adult Education degree requires completion of 36 semester hours of coursework, 24 of which must be in education. The degree is appropriate for students applying coursework not designated as an education course. 

Core Courses (12 hours)

  • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Education Research
  • EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations Education
  • EDUC 6304 Theories of Learning
  • EDUC 63CS1 Capstone in Education

Area of Concentration within Education (6 hours)

Electives (18 hours)*

  • *Elective courses may be outside Education
Adult Education Certificate

The certificate program at UIW is not applicable to Texas Teaching Certification or any State Professional Certification program.

Requirements for the Adult Education Certification in the major. (18 hours)

  • ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development
  • ADED 6385 Methods and Strategies of Adult Education
  • ADED 6388 Effective Teams and Groups
  • ADED 6390 Practicum in Adult Learning Environments

Plus two electives in Adult Education.

Admission Criteria

Degree-seeking students should apply and provide official transcripts from the college/ university last attended indicating the achievement of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Non-degree-seeking students should apply and provide official transcripts from the college/university last attended, a letter from the college/university last attended or currently attending, indicating he or she is in good academic standing.

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