Master of Arts (M.A.) Major in Adult, Professional, and Community Education (Workplace, Community, and Continuing Education Concentration Non-thesis Option)

Major Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a major in Adult, Professional, and Community Education is an academically rigorous program designed for individuals serving in or aspiring to leadership positions in the diverse field of Adult, Professional, and Community Education. Adult, Professional, and Community Education, in this context, includes:

  • adult basic and secondary education,
  • English as a second language,
  • community learning and development,
  • workplace learning,
  • university continuing education,
  • continuing professional development, and
  • organizational development.

Individuals completing this degree will be well prepared to teach, develop, evaluate, and/or administer programs in adult education or to conduct applied research regarding those programs.  

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • GRE scores not required
  • three letters of recommendation 
  • writing sample  

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a major in Adult, Professional, and Community Education concentration in Workplace, Community, and Continuing Education requires 36 semester credit hours, including an internship.

Course Requirements

Required Courses
ADED 5321Adult Learning and Development3
ADED 7325Teaching Adults: Principles and Practices3
ADED 5344Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary Education and Adult Education3
or ADED 7344 Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary Education and Adult Education
ADED 5335Applied Research in Adult Education3
ADED 5330Planning, Evaluating, and Managing Programs in Adult Education3
ADED 5384Internship in Adult Education3
Concentration
ADED 5382Foundations of Adult Education3
ED 7314Community Development for Educators3
ED 7322Human Resource and Professional Development3
ADED 7343Organizational Learning and Development3
Electives
Choose 6 hours from the following:6
Family Literacy
Applied Research in Adult Education
Adult Literacy
Current Issues in Adult, Continuing and Professional Education
Problems in Adult Education
Independent Study
Foundations of Adult Education
Adult and Nontraditional Students in Higher Education
Problems in Education
Advanced Study in Action Research
Team Development in Education
Total Hours36

Master's level courses in Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology: ADED

Courses Offered

Adult Education (ADED)

ADED 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

ADED 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

ADED 5321. Adult Learning and Development.

This seminar will cover a range of topics of interest of professionals working with adult learners in a variety of settings, including characteristics and motivations of adult learners; theories of adult learning and intelligence; modes of adult cognitive and psychosocial development.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5330. Planning, Evaluating, and Managing Programs in Adult Education.

This seminar course introduces skills and concepts needed to plan, evaluate, and manage adult education programs within various settings. This course addresses principles and procedures, utilization of assessment, goal setting, and other effective strategies for developing learning opportunities and programs responsive to human, professional, and community needs.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5334. Family Literacy.

Family literacy is an intergenerational program that integrates adult literacy and emergent literacy education. This course will provide students with the knowledge and abilities to manage family literacy program. Students will analyze related learning theories, population needs, program structures, and policy issues, including diversity and accountability.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5335. Applied Research in Adult Education.

An examination of purpose, principles, and methods of current research in adult education. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research design will be investigated as used in applied research including action research, evaluation research, and needs assessment.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5337. Adult Literacy.

The course is designed to provide students with a broad foundation about the needs of undereducated adults, including adult English language learners. Students will analyze and evaluate adult literacy legislation, instruction, research, and delivery systems.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5338. Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers of Adults.

This course is designed to provide language teachers a practical introduction to the elements of the English language as applied to the teaching of ESL in adult settings; specifically, the course covers English syntactic structure, morphology, and phonology.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5339. Adult Literacy ESL Assessment and Evaluation.

This course is an introduction to assessment of adult students with emphasis on literacy and ESL populations. It is an overview of assessment constructs and social and historical movements in student literacy assessment and evaluation traditional assessment and evaluation.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5340. Adult Second Language Acquisition.

This course covers topics related to contemporary adult second language acquisition practices. It also examines the complexities of adult second language acquisition and the ways in which limited English-proficient adults learn more efficiently. Class readings and projects address a variety of issues dealing with adult second language acquisition.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5344. Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary Education and Adult Education.

This seminar covers a broad range of topics related to diversity within postsecondary and adult education. Course readings and projects relate to a wide variety of settings including colleges and universities, adult literacy programs, the workplace, and community-based organizations. Students taking ADED 5344 may not take ADED 7344 for doctoral level credit. (MULT).

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5345. Current Issues in Adult, Continuing and Professional Education.

A seminar style course focusing on current issues in continuing and professional education including research and professional practice. Specific emphasis will vary depending on changes in contemporary issues. Students taking ADED 5345 may not take ADED 7345 for doctoral level credit.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5378. Problems in Adult Education.

This course is designed to examine topical problems faced by practitioners in adult education. The topic of the course may change. Course may be repeated for credit with different topic.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5379. Independent Study.

Individual problems or research topics designed to place emphasis on selected areas of study. May be repeated once for additional credit at the discretion of the department chair.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5382. Foundations of Adult Education.

This course will provide an overview of the field of adult education in its various forms and settings. Topics include (1) historical origins of adult education as a field of study and practice, (2) philosophical perspectives, (3) organization and delivery of adult education, and (4) emerging developments and issues in the profession.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

ADED 5384. Internship in Adult Education.

The 150-clock hour internship is required of all Adult Education majors. The experience involves instruction and/or administration in an adult education setting and includes orientation to the roles, responsibilities, and functions of professionals in adult education. Prerequisites: ADED 5321, ADED 5330, ED 7324, ADED 7325.

3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

ADED 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Adult Education 5399B.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

ADED 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

ADED 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

ADED 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit