Adult Education, Master of Arts in Education (047)

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http://www.wku.edu/ealr/


Program Coordinator

James I. Berger, jim.berger@wku.edu, (270) 745-3892

The Master of Arts in Education in Adult Education prepares students for professional adult education practice at the graduate level to teach adults in a variety of settings. These settings include community education, adult basic education, adult literacy, corporate training, human resources and organizational development, workplace training, patient education, technical and community colleges, and other adult learning centers. Students select the General concentration, the Community and Technical College Concentration, the Higher Education Concentration, or the Training and Development Concentration.

Concentration(s)

  • General (SCGE)
  • Community and Technical College (SCTC)
  • Higher Education (SCHE)
  • Training and Development (SCTD)

Program Admission

Admission requires an earned degree from an accredited institution with (a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a Master's degree with a GPA of 3.0) and ONE of the following:

  • Portfolio submission (portfolio content requirements); OR,
  • Minimum GRE (August 2011 or later) scores: verbal, 139; quantitative, 139; analytical writing, 3.5. 

Applicants who do not meet admission requirements may be considered for alternate admission under the College of Education and Behavioral Science's Alternate Admission policy.  Contact the program coordinator for details.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30-39 hours)

General Concentration (30 hours)

The 30-hour General Concentration in Adult Education consists of a required core of 9 semester hours in adult education, 6 additional hours of adult education, a research foundations course, two 3-hour electives, and 6 hours of capstone experience coursework.  The student and his or her advisor choose electives relevant to the student’s area of interest. The remaining six hours will be attained through completion of a thesis or the following two additional courses are required, ADED 590 and ADED 597.  Students completing the additional non-thesis courses will be required to make a presentation of their findings of their applied research project. All students taking the non-thesis option are required to take a comprehensive exam. All students are expected to take EDFN 500 within the first twelve hours of their program.

Required Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods (or equivalent as approved by advisor)3
ADED 510Introduction to Adult Education3
ADED 520Methods for Teaching Adults3
ADED 611Adult Development and Learning3
ADED 530Program Development for Adults3
ADED 540Philosophy and History of Adult Education3
Electives
Select six hours of the following or from other courses with prior approval of advisor:6
Adult Education Seminar
Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
Developmental Career Counseling
Human and Family Development in Counseling
The College Student Experience
Student Development in Higher Education
Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals
Parenting Issues
Counseling Substance Abusers and Their Families
Parameters of Law in Student Affairs and Higher Education
The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues
Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Special Education
Research in Exceptional Child Education
Foundations Reading Instruction
Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers
Survey of Educational Technology Practices
Principles of Educational Technology Applications
Advanced Educational Psychology
Psychology of Learning
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following options:6
Thesis Option:
Thesis Research and Writing
Non-Thesis Option:
Practicum in Adult Education
Directed Study in Adult Education
Total Hours30

Community and Technical College Concentration (39 hours)

The 39-hour Community and Technical College concentration is designed for individuals who work in Community and Technical College settings. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 3 additional hours of higher education courses, 18 hours of content specific graduate courses approved in conjunction with the corresponding discipline, a research foundations course (3 credit hours), and two capstone experience courses (6 credit hours). All students are required to take a comprehensive exam. All students are expected to take EDFN 500 within the first twelve hours of their program.

Required Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods (or equivalent as approved by advisor)3
ADED 510Introduction to Adult Education3
ADED 520Methods for Teaching Adults3
ADED 611Adult Development and Learning3
EDFN 612Seminar in Community College Teaching3
Electives
Select 18 hours of content specific courses related to the student's teaching discipline in technical or community colleges18
Capstone Experience
ADED 590Practicum in Adult Education3
ADED 597Directed Study in Adult Education3
Total Hours39

Higher Education Concentration (30 hours)

The 30-hour Higher Education concentration is designed for individuals who work in higher education settings, providing training or instructional development to faculty and staff. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in adult education, 3 hours of research foundations, 6 hours of capstone experience, and 12 hours of additional adult and higher education courses. All students are required to take a comprehensive exam. All students are expected to take EDFN 500 within the first twelve hours of their program.

Required Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods (or equivalent as approved by advisor)3
ADED 510Introduction to Adult Education3
ADED 520Methods for Teaching Adults3
ADED 611Adult Development and Learning3
Electives
Select 12 hours from the following or other courses as approved by your advisor:12
Program Development for Adults
Seminar in Community College Teaching
Higher Education in America
Issues in Higher Education
Leadership in Community and Technical Colleges
Change Theory and Practice
Postsecondary Economics and Finance
Instructional Design Foundations
Systematic Instructional Design
Improvement Analysis in the Workplace
Training Design and Development
Distance Education Opportunities and Challenges
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following options:6
Thesis Option:
Thesis Research and Writing
Non-Thesis Option:
Practicum in Adult Education
Directed Study in Adult Education
Total Hours30

Training and Development Concentration (30 hours)

The 30-hour Training and Development concentration is designed for individuals who either work or would like to work as a trainer in the workplace. This would include business, military, and community education settings among others.  The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in adult education, 6 additional hours of required courses, 3 hours of research foundation, 6 hours of capstone experience, and 6 hours of electives.  All students are required to take a comprehensive exam.  All students are required to take EDFN 500 within the first 12 hours of their program.

Required Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods (or equivalent as approved by advisor)3
ADED 510Introduction to Adult Education3
ADED 520Methods for Teaching Adults3
ADED 611Adult Development and Learning3
ADED 530Program Development for Adults3
ID 583Training Design and Development3
Electives
Select 6 hours of the following or from other courses as approved by advisor:6
Instructional Design Foundations
Systematic Instructional Design
Management of Instructional Systems
Distance Education Opportunities and Challenges
Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Multimedia Design
Internship in Instructional Design
Survey of Educational Technology Practices
Principles of Educational Technology Applications
Educational Technology Production
Integration of Educational Technology
Educational Statistics
Qualitative Research in Education
Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
Group Dynamics in Student Affairs and Higher Education
Theories of Addictions
Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Counseling Substance Abusers and Their Families
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following options:6
Thesis Option:
Thesis Research and Writing
Non-Thesis Option:
Practicum in Adult Education
Directed Study in Adult Education
Total Hours30