Adult and Continuing Education (Graduate)
Master of Science in Adult and Continuing 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 practitioners 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 practitioners 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.
- Apply adult learning / development theory to adult education instruction, counseling, training, etc.
- Assess diverse individual adult learner needs and identify appropriate learning tools and practices
- Employ models as a tool in adult education in order to bring theories into daily practice
- Utilize multiple instructional strategies
- Plan, implement and evaluate adult education instruction, courses, and programs
- Develop equitable learning opportunities for all students in adult education instruction, courses and programs
- Demonstrate intellectual engagement with adult and continuing education practices through creative and scholarly activities / projects
- Address ethical challenges through a framework that forms personal and organizational standards that are shaped by a belief in social justice, equity, and integrity
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.