Graduate Programs

Graduate Courses
  • ACE-D 500 Introduction to Adult Education Theory (3 cr.) A study of the writings of major adult education theorists, including Lindeman, Knowles, and Freire. Adult education theories of practice in historical perspective. Students develop and defend their personal theories of practice.
  • ACE-D 505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan (3 cr.) Review of selected adult education literature describing the adult lifespan as it relates to participation in learning projects and adult education programming. Identify how social and cultural forces influence the engagement of adults in the learning process.
  • ACE-D 506 Adult Education Planning and Development (3 cr.) Investigate the theory and research of program planning and development for adults, including processes used to develop educational programs in various settings. Topics include needs assessment, program design and development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • ACE-D 512 Seminar in Forms and Forces of Adult Education (3 cr.) The history and current status of adult education in the United States; the nature, scope, purpose, and historical development of adult education institutions and program areas.
  • ACE-D 521 Participation Training (2 cr.) Team building in groups; collaborative program planning and implementation; application of the design to appropriate settings; training in roles of group leader, observer, and recorder; recognition and treatment of dysfunctional behaviors in group settings. Emphasis on functional aspects of group cohesion, consensus decision making, shared leadership, and evaluation. This course is available only in residence.
  • ACE-D 523 Small Group Theory in Adult Education (3 cr.) P: D505 or D500. Theory undergirding small group practices in adult education; emphasis on conditions of collaborative effectiveness in decision-making groups and learning groups; consideration of major models of group formation and development; and implications of theory for social practice. This course has a residential component.
  • ACE-D 525 Introduction to Distance Education Systems (3 cr.) P: D506 recommended. This course offers a systems-based overview of distance education, including instructional program and technology planning, implementation, and assessment; operations management; program evaluation; learner support; and other critical issues.
  • ACE-D 550 Practicum in Adult Education (1-3 cr.) P: D505 or D506, and consent of instructor. Supervised practice in instructional planning, teaching, and program development in adult educational settings in schools and agencies.
  • ACE-D 590 Independent Study in Adult Education (1-3 cr.) P: D500, D505 and consent of instructor. Individual research or study with an Adult Education faculty member, arranged in advance of registration. A one- or two-page written proposal should be submitted to the instructor during the first week of the term specifying the scope of the project, project activities, meeting times, completion date, and student product(s). Ordinarily, D590 should not be used for the study of material taught in regularly scheduled courses.
  • ACE-D 600 The Teaching-Learning Transaction in Adult Education (3 cr.) P: D505, D512, or consent of instructor. Critical inquiry into the design of adult learning activities. Includes a review of current theory and research in the teaching-learning transaction and the designing and evaluating of instruction for adults.
  • ACE-D 613 The Organizational Context of Adult Education (3 cr.) P: D500, D506, D512, or D620. The study of contemporary organizational development and performance improvement theory and practice in the context of professional practice in adult education, including the investigation and critical analysis of the theories and research methods undergirding these topics.
  • ACE-D 615 Adult and Continuing Education in Collegiate Settings (3 cr.) P: D506. This course focuses on the development and management of adult and continuing education (ACE) programs in collegiate settings: adult-oriented degree programs, distance education, student services, noncredit courses, business and industry training, continuing professional education, economic development, community service, etc.
  • ACE-D 620 Adult Education Research (3 cr.) P: D505 or D500. Survey course designed to develop an understanding of the philosophies that inform current research paradigms, the methods associated with those paradigms, and the relationship between theory and practice in adult education.
  • ACE-D 625 Topical Seminar (variable title) (1-3 cr.) Systematic study of current issues and problems related to the theory and practice of program development and research in adult education.
  • ACE-D 640 Adult Education Capstone Seminar (3 cr.) This course focuses on the integration and synthesis of the student’s course work in the program through the development of a portfolio documenting the quality of their work in courses; their progress in understanding and applying adult and continuing education principles, theory, and best practices; and their growth and development in the professional practice of adult and continuing education. This course is to be taken in the student’s final semester before graduation.
  • ACE-D 650 Internship in Adult Education (1-6 cr.) P: D500, D506, D613, D625, or consent of instructor. Relates theory to practice through supervised field work experiences and faculty appraisal and guidance. Students plan, conduct, and evaluate adult education programs in various institutional and community settings.
  • ACE-D 660 Readings in Adult Education (1-6 cr.) P: Consent of student’s faculty advisor. Guided individual study designed to meet the professional individual needs of advanced graduate students.
Undergraduate Courses
  • SCS-G 399 Special Topics: General Studies Internship (3-6 cr.)
  • SCS-I 499 Independent Study Enrollment (1-3 cr.)