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Adult and Higher Education


Adult and Higher Education

Pictures from the Adult Higher Education Retreat on November 2, 2013


The NIU Adult and Higher Education Program in the College of Education offers professional preparation for students at the master’s and doctoral levels for entry-level and leadership roles in the field of adult education and higher education. 

The Master of Science in Education – Adult and Higher Education is a 36-semester-hour program that offers theoretical and methodological bases for professional development, while providing comprehensive pre-service education for persons seeking careers in adult and higher education.

The Doctor of Education – Adult and Higher Education is a 63-semester-hour program beyond the master’s degree that provides a flexible system of professional study, with course work in areas of educational policy, administration, and research, to prepare both generalists and specialists in the field. Graduate students in adult and higher education prepare for leadership roles in a variety of adult and higher education endeavors. Students learn how to assist others to enhance their present roles or to prepare for new roles in society.

In addition, students have a choice of four areas of emphasis and are strongly encouraged to take the courses identified under each category, for specific preparation related to the above-mentioned leadership roles. The three areas of study are:

      • Adult Continuing Education 
      • International, Community, and Popular Education
      • Higher Education / Student Affairs

Highlights of the Adult and Higher Education program include:

  • Dynamic, challenging, and engaging coursework on topics such as: ethics, leadership and administration, program planning, community development, social justice, adult learning theory, educational policy analysis, student development, continuing professional education, program assessment and evaluation, and much more.
  • Practical hands-on experiences gained through internships, assistantships, and study abroad programs to such counties as Brazil, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan.
  • An engaged community of practitioners and scholars actively pursuing educational research.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAHE ofice at: (815) 753-1448 or email CAHE_Advisor@niu.edu.