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Master's Degree in Adult and Higher Education

Master's Degree in Adult and Higher Education

Mission

The mission of the M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education is to provide comprehensive continuing professional development and pre-professional preparation in adult and higher education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply historical, social, and philosophical foundations of adult and higher education to the practice of adult and higher education.
  2. Apply learning and development theories to diverse practice settings in adult and higher education.
  3. Apply theories of program development/planning to diverse practice settings in adult and higher education.
  4. Apply principles of assessment/evaluation to the practice of adult and higher education.
  5. Critique and apply research findings to the practice of adult and higher education.

General Program of Study

The 36-semester-hour Master of Science in Education­ offers theoretical and methodological bases for professional development, while providing comprehensive pre-service professional education for persons seeking careers in adult and higher education. Developing a program of study in Adult and Higher Education is highly individualized, in which the students' experiences, career goals, and needs for development are carefully considered in the development of the courses to be completed. Students generally select one area of study within adult and higher education to focus their course work.

A minimum of 18 credit hours or 50% of your total hours earned toward the degree must be completed in courses with a CAHA or CAHE prefix. All students in the M.S.Ed.-Adult and Higher Education should complete the Core requirement for the program. These include:

  • CAHA 500, Nature of Adult and Higher Education
  • CAHA 501, Adult Learning: Maturity through Old Age
  • CAHA 502, Educating Culturally Diverse Adults
  • Research Course (often ETR 520, Introduction to Educational Research)
  • CAHA 699, Thesis or Comprehensive Exam (Weekend Exam or Capstone Paper in CAHA 598)
  • Electives (as approved by your advisor. See the general areas of study in the program for recommended electives for each area).

Four Areas of Emphasis