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Master of Education in Adult Education

Master of Education in Adult Education

The M.Ed. In Adult Education 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 professional education (e.g. engineering, medicine, nursing, and law), volunteer training, technical education (e.g. community colleges and vocational schools), adult basic education and in-service education (e.g. business, industry and government). Graduates of UALR’s program find positions as learning facilitators, training and program directors, administrators, and curriculum specialists in programs for adults.

The M.Ed. in Adult Education is an intensive professional development experience. Students are self-directed, committed professionals seeking to improve themselves, their work place, 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. The adult education program is designed to meet the needs of professional in any type of lifelong learning environment who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.

 The program may lead to Arkansas teacher licensure.

Program Requirements, please visit:

The master of education in adult education degree requires 36 graduate credit hours, including nine adult education core hours, nine education core hours, 9 to 12 adult education hours, six to nine approved elective hours, and a written comprehensive examination.

Adult Education Core Courses:
ADED 5301 Psychology of Adult Learners
ADED 5303 Teaching Adults
ADED 7301 Foundations in Adult Education

Adult Education Courses:
ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education

ADED 7302 Organization and Administration in Adult Education

ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education
ADED 7304 Teaching Reading to Adults

ADED 7305 Independent Study in Adult Education
ADED 7307 Internship * Required for licensure

ADED 7308 Seminar (Rotating Topics)

Education Core Courses:
EDFN 7303: Introduction to Educational Research
EDFN 7370: Educational Assessment
LSTE 7303: Technology and Instruction in Society or LSTE 7305 Survey of Computer Based Learning Systems

Approved Electives:
Students are encouraged to take graduate credit electives from areas congruent with their individual career goals. However, the adult education program coordinator must approve all electives included in the degree plan. Electives can include but are not limited to courses in Education Psychology, Education Foundations, Sociology and Counseling.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants for admission to the graduate program in adult education must meet the following conditions:
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses.


Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Arkansas Teacher Licensure in Adult Education:
The graduate program in adult education offers two programs of study leading to Arkansas teacher licensure in adult education.

Initial Licensure Plan:
Twenty-one hours in specific adult education courses, of which three hours must be an approved internship.

Minimum scores required on subtests:
Math – 171
Reading – 172
Writing – 173

Principles of Learning and Teaching Test 0524
Minimum score required: 157

Additional Licensure Plan:
Fifteen hours in specific adult education courses.
PRAXIS II, Principles of Learning and Teaching Test 0624-5624 with a minimum score of 164.

For Program Information Contact

Dr. Jennifer K. Holtz
Assistant  Professor
Adult Education and Program Coordinator
Office: Dickenson Hall 515G
Office Phone: (501) 569-8937

Updated 10.23.2013