Adult & Continuing Education (MS) CSU Academic Programs

The services of adult educators and other human service personnel serving adults are increasingly in demand by organizations such as federal and local government agencies, centers for human resource development, community clinics, general and mental hospitals, business and industry, public day and evening schools, and adult education centers as well as colleges and universities. 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.

All degree candidates must select an Area of Specialization in consultation with the department chairperson and their faculty advisor. A student pursuing a degree in this program should confer with the assigned faculty advisor during the first semester of study for approval of the choice and sequence of courses to be taken.


In addition to the basic requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, a degree-seeking student in Adult and Continuing Education is required to schedule an interview with the Department Chairperson and their advisor, and to submit a statement of goals and objectives and a résumé of experiences.


Degree-seeking students are required to complete a minimum of thirty six (36) credit hours of graduate work. All degree candidates are required to complete the designated eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) credit hours of Core courses followed by a selection of one (1) of five (5) Areas of Specialization in which fifteen (15) to eighteen (18) credit hours are completed. EDUC 581 is required of any Graduate student who has not had a basic statistics course either at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Core Courses: (18 Credits Hours) Credits

ADLT 500 Foundations of Adult Education 
ADLT 501 The Adult Learner 
EDUC 538

Designing and Implementing a Thinking Curriculum 

ADLT 503 Counseling Adults 3
ADLT 504 Practicum [taken after twenty one (21) credits]  6
EDUC 582*

Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Prerequisite for ADLT 600)

EDUC 581* Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Prerequisite for EDUC 582 and onlyrequired of students who have not completed a Statistics course) 3

The following areas of specialization are offered:

Administration and Supervision Credits

Specialty Courses (15 Credit Hours)

ADLT 510 Administration of Adult Education Programs                                                                        3

EDUC 707

Administration of Education Programs

ADLT 511 Principles of Supervision 3
ADLT 512

Planning, Programming and Budgeting for Adult Education Programs

ADLT 513

Sociology of the Community and Community Development 

ADLT 600

Seminar in Graduate Research (Prerequisite: EDUC 582)



Specialty Courses (15 Credit Hours)

ADLT 530 Environment and Aging 3
ADLT 531 Nutritional Problems of the Aging 3
ADLT 532

Developmental Psychology: Adult Years and Aging 

ADLT 533 Processes of Aging 3
ADLT 600

Seminar in Graduate Research (Prerequisite: EDUC 582) 


Rehabilitation Counseling/Adults**

Specialty Courses (15 Credit Hours)

REHB 502 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 3
REHB 513 Introduction to Rehabilitation 3
REHB 516

Theories and Techniques of Counseling

REHB 598

Vocational Evaluation and Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities 

ADLT 600 Seminar in Graduate Research 3

(Prerequisite: EDUC 582) 3

Alcoholism Counseling***

Specialty Courses (18 Credit Hours)

PSYC 621

Seminar in Physiological and Psycho-Social Aspects of Alcoholism and Other Addictions

PSYC 622

 Addiction Prevention Techniques for the Individual, the Family, the School, and the Community 

PSYC 641

Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client 

PSYC 643 Action Research on Alcoholism and Multiple Addictions in the Inner City and Other Communities 3
PSYC 644 Management of Addiction Treatment 3

Programs and Personnel 3
ADLT 600 Seminar in Graduate Research (Prerequisite: EDUC 582) 3

**Courses for the Rehabilitation Counseling Specialty are offered through the Rehabilitation Counseling program.

***Courses for the Alcoholism Counseling Specialty are offered through the Department of Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling. Practicum for Alcoholism Counseling is six (6) credits in PSYC 650-659 (200 clock hours). See Advisor before registering for the Practicum ADLT 504.

Family Counseling Credits

Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)

REHB 516 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3
PSYC 512 Mental Health 3
ADLT 503 Counseling Adults in Adult and Continuing Education 3
EDUC 537 Development Bases of Behavior 3
EDUC 582 Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Prerequisite for ADLT 600) 3
ADLT 600 Seminar in Graduate Research (Prerequisite: EDUC 582) 3

Specialty Courses (18 Credit Hours)

PSYC 612 Group Counseling 3
PSYC 641 Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client 3
PSYC 508 Child Abuse and Spousal Abuse 3
PSYC 614 Techniques of Marriage and Family Counseling 3
ADLT 504 Practicum 6

CRJU 569 Counseling the Juvenile and Adult Offender 3
ADLT 533 Processes of Aging 3
****Alcoholism Counseling courses will be offered through the Department of Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling. Electives may be substituted for specialty courses after consultation with the Department Chairperson.

Students must complete the research requirements by following one of the two (2) research options.

Note: The approved electives can be used as substitute courses where appropriate.