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Advance your career in adult education

The Adult Education concentration in the graduate program is designed to provide professional preparation for students pursuing careers as administrators and supervisors of adult learning activities, human resource and staff development professionals, continuing and community education instructors, military educators and teachers of adults in a variety of institutions and settings.

Through rigorous coursework and practical learning experiences, students advance their understanding of adult learners with special emphasis on the changes occurring in adult life and their affect the teaching-learning process and community impact.

With their advisor, students can explore further specialization in areas such as adult literacy, human resource development or adult religious education.


Earn your Master of Arts or Master of Education or pursue a Graduate Certificate

Degree plans for a master's degree with a concentration in Adult Education:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Plan

    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
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Plan

    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
  • Adult Education Certificate

    Through the Adult Education certificate program, students can prepare for roles in adult learning activities administration, human resource and staff development, continuing and community education, military education and teachers of adults.

    The certificate program at UIW is not applicable to Texas Teaching Certification or any state professional certification program.

    Requirements for the Adult Education Certification (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
    • Two electives in Adult Education

Admission Criteria

Find out more about requirements, standards and processes to begin your journey as a Dreeben School of Education student.