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Master of Education in Adult Education

The Master of Education in Adult Education (ADED) encompasses a broad field, including many interests and competencies, and is not limited to a single discipline, institution, program, or agency. The overall purpose of this UALR graduate program is to prepare present and future leaders for positions of responsibility in diverse educational contexts.

The fields of adult education include adult basic education, general adult education, adult literacy, volunteer training, and in-services education within a variety of organizations, including community colleges, vocational schools, business and industry, and government. Graduates of UALR’s program find positions as learning facilitators, training directors, administrators, and curriculum specialists in adult education programs.

The Master of Education in Adult Education is a professional development experience. Students are committed professionals seeking to improve themselves, their work places, their communities, and society. To accomplish this, an individualized program of study is designed with each student, allowing for specific interests, needs, and career goals, and meeting the needs of professionals in any type of lifelong learning environment who wish to continue their educations at the graduate level.

The program may lead to Arkansas teacher licensure or may be tailored to meet other professional needs and goals. For more information go to the program website.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for both regular and conditional admission statuses must have:

  • Favorable recommendations from faculty members in the program.

Regular Admission

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale)

or

  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses

or

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Conditional Admission

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.75, and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale

or

  • Completion of at least 9 semester hours of graduate course work at UALR or a graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Program Requirements

The adult education degree requires 36 credit hours, including 12 education core hours, 15 to 18 adult education hours, 6 to 9 approved elective hours, and a comprehensive examination. Up to 6 workshop hours may be applied to program requirements.

Core Area Courses (Requires a B or greater in all three courses)

ADED 5301 Psychology of Adult Learning
ADED 5303 Teaching Adults
ADED 7301 Foundations of Adult Education

Required Courses

EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
LSTE 7303 Technology and Instruction in Society
or LSTE 7305 Survey of Computer-based Learning Systems
ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
ADED 7302 Organization and Administration of Adult Education
ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education (Requires a B or greater)
ADED 7304 Teaching Reading to Adults

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of an approved program of study
  • Passing the comprehensive exam or portfolio

Courses in Adult Education

ADED 5301 Psychology of Adult Learning
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Research, practices related to adult learning, development; cognitive, behaviorist, humanist adult learning theories; stage, basic development theories. Offered on demand.

ADED 5303 Teaching Adults
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Teaching/learning process from planning to presentation; approved practices working with “disadvantaged” adult learners. Offered on demand. (Requires a B or greater)

ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Andragogical methods; emphasis on individual and group learning methods and procedures, selecting materials appropriate for adult learners. Offered on demand.

ADED 7105, 7205, 7305 Independent Study in Adult Education
Prerequisites: advanced graduate standing, consent of advisor. Specific problems in adult education. Only three hours can count towards the degree; program students may take up to six hours. Offered on demand.

ADED 7301 Foundations of Adult Education
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Past developments, present goals and objectives of adult education. Offered on demand.

ADED 7302 Organization and Administration of Adult Education
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. Organizational procedures, administrative practices for implementation, maintenance of effective programs. Offered on demand.

ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. Models for planning, designing, implementing, evaluating programs. Offered on demand.

ADED 7304 Teaching Reading to Adults
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. Methods, materials for teaching reading to adults; emphasis on adult learner’s needs. Offered on demand.

ADED 7307-7607 Internship
Prerequisite: 12 program hours. Practical experience in concentration, specialization area; requires at least 40 contact hours for each credit hour. Offered on demand.

ADED 7308 Seminar
Prerequisites: ADED 5301, 7301, 7303. Recent adult education research having direct application to adult educators in public schools, continuing education, cooperative education, related agencies, programs. Offered on demand.
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