Adult and Professional Learning

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Master of Education in Adult Education and Professional Learning

The Master of Education in Adult and Professional Learning 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 field of adult education includes professional education (e.g., engineering, medicine, nursing, law), volunteer training, technical education (e.g., community colleges, vocational schools), adult basic education, and in-service education (e.g., business and industry, government). Graduates of this program find positions as learning facilitators, training and program directors, administrators, and curriculum specialists in programs for adults.

The M.Ed. in Adult and Professional Learning is an intensive professional development experience. Students are self-directed, 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. This program is designed to meet the needs of professionals 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 or may be tailored to meet other professional needs and goals. For more information, visit the program website.


Admission Requirements

All applicants for both regular and conditional admission statuses must have favorable recommendations from the program coordinator.

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 no lower than 2.75, or
  • Completion of at least 9 semester hours of graduate coursework 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 Master of Education in Adult and Professional Learning degree requires 36 graduate credit hours, including nine adult education core hours, nine education core hours, nine to twelve adult education hours, six to nine approved elective hours, and a written comprehensive examination. All core courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Adult Education Core Courses

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

Education Courses

EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research
EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
LSTE 7303 Foundations of eLearning
or LSTE 7304 eLearning Environments and Education

Adult Education Courses

ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
ADED 7302 Organization and Administration of Adult Education
ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education
ADED 7304 Teaching Reading to Adults
ADED 7307 Internship (required for initial licensure)
ADED 7308 Seminar (selected topics- may repeat for 3 topics)


Graduation Requirements

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

Graduate Certificates in Adult Education

The graduate certificate in Adult Education can lead to either an initial licensure or an additional licensure in Adult Education. Both graduate certificate programs require the same admissions standards as for the master’s degree. The certificate for initial licensure requires 18 hours of study; students in the additional licensure certificate program will take 15 hours.

Students may transfer in up to 6 hours of graduate education from a state-approved program in adult education with a GPA of at least a 3.0, with program approval.

Initial Licensure Graduate Certificate Required Courses (18 hours)

Core Courses (minimum grade of B required)

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

Education Courses

ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
ADED 7302 Organization and Administration in Adult Education or
ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education
ADED 7307 Internship

Additional Licensure Graduate Certificate Required Courses (15 hours)

Core Courses (minimum grade of B required)

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

Education Courses

ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
ADED 7302 Organization and Administration in Adult Education or
ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education


Courses in Adult Education

ADED 5301 Psychology of Adult Learning
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing.This course explores research and research-based practice in adult learning and development. As a designated Adult Education Core Course, a grade of B or better is required. Three credit hours.

ADED 5303 Teaching Adults
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing. This course explores best practices in designing learning experiences for adult students. As a designated Adult Education Core Course, a grade of B or better is required. Three credit hours.

ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing. This course explores alternative methods of individual and group learning with emphasis on diversity issues, as well as selection and development of materials appropriate for adult learners. Three credit hours.

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. This course explores history and philosophies of adult education, with emphasis on change over time and distinctions with traditional K-16 education. As a designated Adult Education Core Course, a grade of B or better is required. Three credit hours.

ADED 7302 Organization and Administration of Adult Education
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. This course explores organizational procedures and administrative practices for implementation and maintenance of effective adult education programs. Three credit hours.

ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education
Prerequisite: ADED 5303, ADED 7301. This course explores methods and materials for teaching reading to adults, with emphasis on the individual adult learner’s needs. Three credit hours.

ADED 7304 Teaching Reading to Adults
Prerequisite: ADED 5303, ADED 7301. This course explores methods and materials for teaching reading to adults, with emphasis on the individual adult learner’s needs. Three credit hours.

ADED 7307 Internship
Prerequisite: ADED 5301, ADED 5303, ADED 7301, ADED 7303, and instructor consent. The internship is a minimum 120 clock-hours of practical experience in the candidate’s specialization area. Repeatable for a total of six hours. Three credit hours.

ADED 7308 Seminar
Prerequisites: consent of the instructor. This course explores recent developments in adult education research and practice having direct application to adult educators in public schools, continuing education, cooperative education, related agencies, and other programs. May be repeated with topic change up to three times. Three credit hours.
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