Adult and Continuing Education (Graduate)



Instructional Leadership and Professional Development

School of Education



The Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education is designed to enhance the professional competency of those individuals working in diverse fields serving adults. It is also meant to develop and strengthen the liberal and specialized education of administrators, counselors, teachers, and all other relevant parishioners of adult education, counseling and training programs.

The following specialty areas serve to enhance the basic core of the Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education

  • The Administration and Supervision specialty develops and strengthens the leadership and specialized skills for administrators, counselors, teachers, and all other relevant parishioners of adult education, counseling and training programs.
  • The Gerontology specialty provides a comprehensive approach for students to better understand the theoretical and clinical aspects of aging. Students will gain a better understanding of the role of home health providers, and family caregivers. Emphasis is placed on the aging process and the cyclical affects. The knowledge base to better understand the changing roles of aging persons in society as well as analyses of government responses to dealing with the aged will be provided.
  • The Family Counseling specialty prepares students in the field of family studies. The 18-hour credit requirement includes a 6-credit hour practicum experience. Students in this program are taught theoretical concepts and intervention strategies in the field of family studies. Particular emphasis is given to the dynamics of family systems theory and the rationale and practice of marriage and family counseling. Students will acquire basic knowledge and apply it to these concepts related to family systems theories. Students will also develop a better perspective of models used to examine various relationships. Case studies are used to better understand developmental changes in the family life cycle. In addition, emphasis is placed on counseling techniques such as communication strategies and structural strategies that affect specific marital and family problems. The foundational core courses will support the basic knowledge needed for students in the area of adult education.


Core Courses
18 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ADLT 500
3
Foundations of Adult Education
ADLT 501
3
The Adult Learner
EDUC 705
3
Strategies for Curriculum Development
ADLT 503
3
Counseling Adults
ADLT 504
3
Practicum

Admin & Supervision

EDUC 581 will be required of all graduate students who have not previously taken a Statistics course. EDUC 581 is a prerequisite for EDUC 582.

Course
Crs.
Title
EDUC 707
3
Administration of Education Programs
EDUC 655
3
Supervision of Instruction
ADLT 512
3
Planning, Programming and Budgeting For Education Programs
ADLT 513
3
Sociology of Community and Community Development
EDUC 582
3
Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Prerequisite for ADLT 600)
ADLT 600
3
Seminar in Graduate Research (Taken after 21 credits)

Gerontology
Course
Crs.
Title
ADLT 530
3
Environment and Aging
ADLT 531
3
Nutrition Problems of the Aging
ADLT 532
3
Developmental Psychology Adult Years and Aging
ADLT 533
3
Process Of Aging
EDUC 582
3
Research Methods in Social Behavioral Sciences
ADLT 600
3
Seminar in Graduate Research