M.Ed. in Adult Education
Enhancing Lifelong Learning
Are you an education professional or practitioner looking to impact the lives of adult learners? The M.Ed. in Adult Education program at Ashland University will help you advance the practice of learning and teaching to increase adult achievement.
What to Expect in the M.Ed. Adult Education Program
While there are 50 million youth enrolled in the U.S. K-12 education system, there are over 250 million adults who are increasingly seeking formal, lifelong learning related to the following:
- Health and wellness
- Economic and workforce issues
- Encore career development
- Cultural and second language contexts
With a Master’s of Education in Adult Education, you will learn how to design and implement a range of curricula and programs for adult learners. You'll learn how to provide solutions for adult learners facing challenges in educational growth, professional development, and more in order to help them redefine the boundaries of their potential, and to find their life's calling.
- A 15-hour graduate core meets the national standards for Graduate Programs in Adult Education.
- This core is complemented by graduate cognates in Technology, TESOL, and Organizational Administration and Change.
Students can also design their own career-focused cognate with faculty advisement from across the university.
Students with existing MBA or M.Ed. degrees can potentially earn this degree in a 21-hour second master's program.
The Bureau of Labor Department indicates that employment opportunities in adult education will increase by more than 21% through 2025 and beyond. This is linked, in part, to emerging trends in the U.S. that include:
- The need for adults to develop skills for encore careers due to technological and economic changes in society
- The increasing migration of second language residents to the U.S. and of U.S. adult populations globally due to workforce issues
- The emergence of health and wellness concerns related to the U.S. adult population that implicate rising health care costs
Each of these trends is associated to the need for formal adult education and training programs, and a necessary rise in the number of trained educators and education leaders in adult education work settings.
Customize your degree with a cognate
Organizational Administration and Change: Designed for the business sector and sub-fields like training and development, human resource management, and organizational change.
- MBA 501 Organizational Design, Development and Change Management
Select 3 from:
- MBA 503 Operations Management
- MBA 505 Financial Management
- MBA 507 Marketing Management
- MBA 511 Managerial Accounting
- MBA 540 Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
Ed Tech: Designed for the PreK-12 educational sector.
- EDCI 512 Networking & Tech Infrastructure in Schools (pre-req = EDCI 522)
- EDCI 522 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
- EDUC 507 Understanding Statistical Research
Select one from:
- EDCI 538 Designing and Implementing Professional Development for the Technology Leader
- EDCI 633 Organization and Transformational Change Through Technology
TESOL: Designed for the educational or business sector and leads to a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate in addition to the M.Ed.
- EDFN 533 Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners
- EDCI 534 Language Acquisition & Elements of Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners
- EDCI 535 Integrated Teaching Methods for English Language Learners
- EDFN 646 Educational Assessment
- Health Determinants and Academic Indicators (SNP 518)
- Educational Strategies for Healthcare Providers (SNP 520)
- Healthcare of the School Community (SNP 525)
- Interprofessional Collaboration: The School Nurse and School Support Services (SNP 528)
- School Nurse Internship (SNP 680)
Communication: Designed for any sector. Communication is an important skill in every field.
- COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
- COM 520 Data Informed Decision Making
Select 6 credit hours from the following list:
- COM 620 Strategic Communication
- COM 640 Organizational Communication
- COM 650 Risk and Crisis Communication
- COM Elective courses
Seminary: Designed for the Christian faith-based sector.
- BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts
- NTS 5501 Introduction to the New Testament
Select 2 courses from:
- OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
- OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)
- CHS 5500 The Story of the Christian Faith
- CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God
- SPF 5540 Spiritual Formation
- CLD 6630 Leading the People of God
- MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community
Custom: Graduate work in other fields not listed above can be completed on a case-by-case basis.