Adult Education &
Community Leadership Coordinator
University Hall 204
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in
Adult Education & Community Leadership
The program of study has been designed to enhance communication skills in the dissemination of knowledge about one’s area of expertise. Students are required to complete 30 semester hours with 9 of these hours in one of three areas of concentration: Adult Literacy; Educational Technology; or Human Resource Development.
Individuals completing this program will accomplish the following objectives:
- Lead the student to a deeper, comprehensive understanding of the adult learner through a plan of study which builds upon prior professional preparation and experience.
- Require interpretation of adult behavior through exploration theories and research findings related to the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development of the adult learner.
- Require investigation of historical and philosophical factors which infl uence curriculum and pedagogy/andragogy for the adult learner.
- Require implementation of appropriate instructional strategies designed according to learner variables and academic discipline.
- Require advanced study in human resource development, literacy education, or technology-based learning.
History and Theory of Adult Education
Psychology of the Adult Learner
Program Planning and Evaluation
Cultural Diversity in Adult Education
Community Development and Personal Leadership
Research and Grant Writing in Adult Learning
Theory of Adult Literacy
Communication Skills in Low Literate Adults
|ADED 7220||Literate Communities||3 credits|
Instructional Technology Theory and Practice
Online Learning Environment
Human Resource Development
Human Resource Development Theory/Practice
Organizational Theory and Practice
Management and Leadership Behavior
|TOTAL CREDITS||30 credits|
- ADED 7100 HISTORY AND THEORY OF ADULT EDUCATION
- Introduction to the fundamental nature, function and scope of adult education, including an overview of the historical, sociological and political forces affecting the field. Program providers, relations with parent organizations, societal influences and awareness of resources will be examined.
- ADED 7110 PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ADULT LEARNER
- Exploration of adults as learners. Emphasis on conditions that affect the adult learner: brain research, adult development, ability, potential, motivation, self-perception, role-identification status, and learning styles.
- ADED 7120 PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION
- A technology enhanced, community based initiative logic model course that includes a systematic process of situation analysis, with needs assessment, priority setting, program action and evaluation, participants in this course plan and implement a high quality adult education program.
- ADED 7130 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN ADULT EDUCATION
- Knowledge of areas of diversity that affect the community.
- ADED 7160 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PERSONAL LEADERSHIP
- Participants will explore group dynamics, team building strategies and leadership techniques, strategies and skills, and ways to recognize and develop these in group situations through a servant leadership framework.
- ADED 7170 RESEARCH AND GRANT WRITING IN ADULT LEARNING
- Field-based research in adult learning. Explores needs-based funding sources, including local, state and federal grants.
- ADED 7200 THEORY OF ADULT LITERACY
- Theoretical perspectives of adult literacy and under-education. Sociological, linguistic, historical, cultural and psychological perspectives. Implications for adult literacy education.
- ADED 7210 COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN LOW LITERATE ADULTS
- Causal factors contributing to adult literacy and under-education. Emphasis on instructional approaches appropriate for teaching adults to read.
- ADED 7220 LITERATE COMMUNITIES
- Critique of community action and learning processes in community settings with emphasis on literacy levels.
- ADED 7300 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY THEORY AND PRACTICE
- Explores role of instructional technology in teaching and training with emphasis on related theory and practice. Hands-on exploration of emerging technologies and application to teaching and training. Topics include instructional design, history, instructional applications, and current topics.
- ADED 7310 ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Exploration of emergence of online learning environments as viable alternatives to traditional classroom instruction. Topics will include theoretical, conceptual, instructional and technical framework of implementing and using OLEs to support the learning paradigm. Basic technology and pedagogical implications of distance education explored: the Internet, asynchronous/synchronous communication tools, methods of instruction, online tools to support learning and instruction, design of OLE,
facilitator and learner evaluation and assessment of distance education technologies.
- ADED 7320 MULTIMEDIA DESIGN
- Concepts that underlie the design and development of multimedia in education and training. Participants will become involved in instructional design and team production of a courseware product.
Human Resource Development
- HRVD 7400 HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT THEORY/PRACTICE
- Overview of human resource development in organizations. Focus on integration of individual development (training), career development and organizational development. Topics include strategic planning models, needs assessment, program development prototypes, application of workplace learning theories, career development theories and methods, and application of organizational learning theories.
- HRVD 7410 ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE
- General and specific aspects of organizational culture with emphasis on innovative strategies for making optimum use of all employees in both private and public organizations. Emphasis on training and learning within the organizational culture with regard to coaching team building, formal and informal on-the-job learning tactics.
- HRVD 7420 MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOR
- Emphasis given to understanding the theoretical foundation upon which management decisions are made; particular emphasis on the process by which leadership skills are learned and implemented. Attention to specific management styles and conceptual tools for understanding effects of chosen leadership behaviors.
- ADED 7500 WORKPLACE APPLICATION
Application of adult education theory and practice in an adult education setting.