Master of Education

M.Ed. in Adult Education

Offered face-to-face on the Parkville campus and online.

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This program embodies a progressive and coherent prospectus in the following fundamental areas:
  • The theoretical and philosophical foundations of adult education
  • The underlying implications, characteristics, and broad scope of adult education
  • Critical thinking toward social change in adult education
  • The leadership and facilitation needed for adult learning and development
  • Adult education research

Program Goals/Learning Outcomes

Learners completing the MED in Adult Education will:

  • Describe the foundations of adult education history, philosophies, learning theories, and critical thinking toward social change.
  • Explore how adults develop and examine the impact of the aging process on learning.
  • Develop programs and design courses using various facilitation methods for adults in education and training environments.
  • Apply adult education and training concepts to meet workforce education needs.
  • Explore adult education theory, concepts, and philosophies from a global perspective.
  • Recognize current adult education literature, interpret research, and conduct a final project.
  • Recognize personal leadership style in the management of adult education programs through an analysis of ethical and policy related issues.
  • Identify adult education as a professional field of study.

Degree Requirements


Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Core Courses 30
ED 500 Foundations of Adult Education 3
ED 512 Human Capacity Building 3
ED 516 Introduction to Graduate Research 3
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538 Integrating Adult Development and Learning 3
ED 540 Emerging Technologies and Facilitation Strategies 3
ED 542 Program Planning for Adults 3
ED 559 Research and Resource Development 3
ED 563 Managing Change and Innovation 3
ED 570 Critical Teaching for Social Change 3
ED 630 Action Practicum 3
Total Hours 30

Graduation Requirements


  • Successful completion of the required 30 hours with a 3.0 grade point average, with no more than 2 “C”s and no grade lower than a “C.”
  • An application for graduation is required before completion statement posted on the transcript. Students must submit the completed form with the appropriate fee.

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