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.